Push-starting is fine, as long as you’re ready to go as soon as it fires—remember, this thing has no clutch! The technique is reasonably straightforward: Give a push with the decompression lever lifted and, once you get the bike up to speed, simultaneously jump aboard and drop the lever. Done correctly, the bike cackles to life and takes off at whatever speed at which you preset the throttle lever. Set it too high—like I did the first time—and you risk having your arms pulled out of their joints as the Megola catapults away! Make dead-certain that you have the wheel pointed forward, too, or the torque reaction as it straightens itself will yank the bars out of your grip and cause an unavoidable and utterly ignominious get-off. Apologies again, Mrs. Craig, for destroying your flowerbeds!