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depends what you mean by 'dead',, but generally, if battery has lost charge
to the extent that it wont turn the starter motor, such as key in overnight etc,
then you can clutch start it, as i found after such events..
thing is, esp if you are not familar with clutch starting, best to start on a slope
the longer the better.. it might start first try on the flat after a good run up,
but its always best to start on a slope and as long as possible, to give you
the opportunity for repeated attempts..
i started mine same as other bikes, ie, ignition on, in second gear, clutch in,
take a good grip of bars, lean body forward so that weight goes into bars
elbows bent [for push, bringing body weight forward and down and control]
knees flexed, ankles flexed [as if about to run, which is about to happen]
then release the hand brake, help her get going with a good strong push
with arms, back, legs continuing the action into a pushing run alongside..
when shes going at your reduced running speed holding on,
jump on, either leg over as usual or bum on seat both legs down
same side you ran on,, timing if you can the dropping of your weight
onto the bike with dropping the clutch [letting it right out one movement]
or, if youre not confident in doing that typical technique, you can sit on
the seat and paddle both legs, if, on a good incline or hill etc..
otherwise best to have someone push you from behind both hands
as you sit on her ready to drop the clutch when the pusher
runs out of speed..
after she starts, pull the clutch in and gently increase revs to high
for a few moments then keep revs up fairly high as you bring her
to a stop again.. stay there holding revs constant for a while,
then when ready, take off easily still using higher revs than
you would normally..
if youre not going anywhere special at that time, keep riding
somewhere for 5 or 10 minutes, even around the block,
then - find a nice, long, slope or hill to stop and park on -
wherever youre going then or next, try to park on a hill
then walk to wherever it is youre going..
next time and the next few times you should not try
to start using the starter motor, rather repeat
clutch starting, including a 10+ minute ride
[30 mins if you have time] to re-charge the battery..
probably need to recharge it with a motorcycle charger
or battery tender, and keep in mind that you might
need to look for another battery soon, depending..
if you dont know why it went flat
take her to the doctor for a checkup..