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Alright...I need to jumpstart my bike because I'm a dumbass. Is there anything I need to know about doing this with a bike that is different than with a car? Anything I should be careful NOT to do, etc...?

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I have heard mixed stories on jumping a bike. I have heard its too much current blah blah blah, and I have heard it doesn't matter.

I am certified in this area here...Your bike is a 12 volt system, and your car is a 12 volt system it doesn't matter you are safe. HOWEVER if you use your car/truck to jump the bike..DO NOT start the car/truck because with the alternator you can be putting more than 12 volts out to your motorcycle battery. Leave the car/truck off, hook up the jumper cables to the motorcycle battery leave it connected for a couple minutes and proceed to start the bike. When the bike starts unhook the jumper cables off the motorcycle battery not letting pos and neg touch, proceed to take the pos and neg off the car/truck battery. Let the bike run for a while, even better take the bike out for a short ride and let the charging system on the bike do its job.

Edit-->> if you have time tonight...Charge the battery on a 12 volt charger, this will trickle and maintain the battery properly.
 

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Thanks! yeah...it's the not starting the vehicle thing...I knew I'd read SOMETHING before that said there was something you shouldn't do...that makes sense though. I'll see if I can't get her runnin' tonight. I don't think we've GOT a charger running around, but I'll check.
 

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DLITALIEN said:
I've jumped bikes when the other vehicle was running w/ no problems. Either way it'll be running by tonight.
this is just a precautionary so too many volts do fry your motorcycle.
 

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That's good. Because besides finding out right as I'm heading to work that my bike's down for the day, someone managed to park their passenger sedan under the front of a car carrier truck on the ONLY backroad to work that lets me get around all the freeway maddness. So, I had to solo the ride in my cage without even the benefit of the carpool lane. If I have to do that again tomorrow I may go postal :willy:
 

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SVupON1 said:
...Your bike is a 12 volt system, and your car is a 12 volt system it doesn't matter you are safe. HOWEVER if you use your car/truck to jump the bike..DO NOT start the car/truck because with the alternator you can be putting more than 12 volts out to your motorcycle battery. Leave the car/truck off, hook up the jumper cables to the motorcycle battery leave it connected for a couple minutes and proceed to start the bike. When the bike starts unhook the jumper cables off the motorcycle battery not letting pos and neg touch, proceed to take the pos and neg off the car/truck battery. Let the bike run for a while, even better take the bike out for a short ride and let the charging system on the bike do its job....

Good info to know. Might need it someday. Tx SV! :dthumb:
 

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BabyNinja said:
Good info to know. Might need it someday. Tx SV! :dthumb:
:lol: no prob! I knew that certification would come in handy somewhere. I actually deal with electrical current everyday and alot more than 12v at that, I don't want to get fried by makeing a mistake especially while I'm on scaffeling 50 ft or higher.
 

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OK this is a god question.... you can have the car running or not... the voltage is only going to be like 13.7 - 14.5 which is going to be close to what your MC stator puts out anyway.

But you usually don't need to have the car running because your cars CCA (cold cranking amps) is so much higher than what the MC needs that it's no biggie.

Also, it should be noted... that your MC charging system isn't really designed to re-charge a battery from dead. They are really only designed to "maintane" your battery from starting.
 

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OK this is a god question.... you can have the car running or not... the voltage is only going to be like 13.7 - 14.5 which is going to be close to what your MC stator puts out anyway.

But you usually don't need to have the car running because your cars CCA (cold cranking amps) is so much higher than what the MC needs that it's no biggie.

Also, it should be noted... that your MC charging system isn't really designed to re-charge a battery from dead. They are really only designed to "maintane" your battery from starting.
that's why I made an edit after I posted and said to put the battery on a 12v charger.
 

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Thanks guys :) I actually had to turn the car on to get enough juice flowing to turn the damned thing over. My roomate is going to bring the charger up from her dad's tomorrow so I don't have to go buy one :p.

Went out for a 2hr ride after I got it started tonight and I think she's gonna be just fine :dthumb:
 
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