Alligator Repair

The Alligator is a feet forwards motorcycle built by Dan Gurney Alligator Motorcycle Company which is the motorcycle division of the former driver/racing team owner's All American Racers workshop in Santa Ana, California. Although not the first of such design, it is unique for its unconventional low-slung seating position which allows for its low center of gravity.

Motorcycle Repair

Determine if the Petcock is Clogged 
One potential issue that might be keeping your motorcycle from starting up is a clogged petcock. The petcock is a fuel control valve. It controls the gas flow between off, on, and reserve settings. Clogged petcocks are a common issue that riders often bring up in forums. 
A minuscule screen helps keep gunk out of the petcock, but corrosion and bits of stray material can cause flow issues. Rattling the petcock a bit can help dislodge any blockages, but replacement or a deep cleaning might be necessary to get your bike running again. 

Engage the Clutch 
It’s usually a no-brainer for experienced riders, but for newbies, remembering to engage the clutch can mean the difference between a relaxing ride and a frustrating trip to the shop. Many bikes must have the clutch in before they will start—even when you’re in neutral. 
There’s also the possibility that your bike’s clutch switch has been damaged, and you can try “pumping” the clutch a few times to see if that helps reset it. You can get around the clutch switch, but long term, you’ll need another solution (and probably a clutch replacement). 

Check for Blown Fuses 
Just like a car or truck, motorcycles have fuses, and they can blow the same as in any other vehicle. Keeping a fuse kit on hand is helpful so you can replace any blown fuses with one that has the same amperage. 
If fuses continue to blow after you replace them, you likely have a more serious electrical issue somewhere in the bike’s wiring. 

Set the Choke Properly 
For carbureted motorcycles, you might need to set your choke or mixture enricher to match the ambient/engine temperature. Another common oversight, this issue can crop up in extreme weather conditions, or when conditions take a sudden turn you haven’t accounted for. 

Look for Loose Wires 
Another seeming no-brainer is checking electrical connectors to see that everything is plugged in. Electrical issues often escape riders because they aren’t always visible, but manually checking the connectors can help you spot a problem that wouldn’t otherwise reveal itself. 
If you suspect something other than the battery is the culprit, especially if you’ve just swapped the battery for a new one, it’s also worth looking at your battery connector cables. It’s possible your new battery’s wiring is incorrect, making your non-start a quick fix once you tighten the cables to the terminals. 

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