6. Sidestand Down

Scary Sidestand

You’d be surprised how many times riders find – after double-checking their preflight list – the non-starting problem was caused by having the sidestand down. Go ahead. Fold it up. Since the bike won’t start, it certainly won’t hurt anything. Sometimes what happens is that even when the sidestand is all the way up, the little plunger switch that tells the ignition it is, is stuck. Time to get on your hands and knees with a toothbrush and some WD-40.