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The battery died on my bike, can I jump it from a regular car battery without doing any damage?
 

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About a month back, I left my brights on for about a half hour which killed my battery. I got the clicking noise when I tried to start it. They say, if you jump it to a car battery, to not start the car. I hooked mine to my brothers truck and that didn't do sh*t - so we started the truck and my bike fired right up. Didn't seem to mess anything up.
 

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negative.

to jump start it, put it in second gear, pull the clutch and start running. when you pick up some speed, jump on the bike and release the clutch (at once). this has worked for me when the battery isn't totally dead. otherwise, you'll have to get the battery recharged. a battery tender didn't do anything for mine, so I had to take it in to the dealership. luckily, neither dealership in my area charges anything for it.
 

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best bet is to do it without starting the truck...the charge should be strong enough depending how old the battery is...if it doesn't work then fire the truck up..lol
 

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josh2k4 said:
The battery died on my bike, can I jump it from a regular car battery without doing any damage?
Its not a good idea to jump your bike off a car, they are different voltages and you can seriously eff something up in your bikes electricals. Get a jump and carry, or a battery charger. Is it worth it to risk it? Personally, I don't think it is......
 

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If your worrie about jumping with a car battery. Just bump start it.
If your to short and can't get the bike rolling ask people to push you. :biggrin:
 

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Because of the higher current in the car battery, it is possible to fry the regulator/rectifier when jumpstarting from an automobile. This was a big problem with bikes in the 70's and 80's, but newer bikes seem to be more resistant to this problem. I think it is the diodes in the reg/rect that go.

I wouldn't do it.
 

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Its not a good idea to jump your bike off a car, they are different voltages and you can seriously eff something up in your bikes electricals. Get a jump and carry, or a battery charger. Is it worth it to risk it? Personally, I don't think it is......
Negatory, same voltages...higher amperage in the car tho. I've jumped my bike off my car once and my brothers about 3 times. Got the job done and the bike doesn't seem to be suffering any ill effects.
 

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bump startin its the best thing and isn't difficult so I see no reason why you would ever jump it off of a car
my old kawasaki dual sport bike would never start without bump starting it. I kept it at my dads shop which has a nice hill driveway so it was easy to start
 

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ha i jump my bike off my car. and the funny thing is, i use thick stereo wire to jump it with. i start my car, cause with it off, it wont jump the battery. just my $.02
 

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I've realized something about our bikes. If you ride as much as I do, then you can get away with charging the battery with a battery charger every 6 months or so. But if you store it or only ride it occasionally, buy a battery tender to condition the battery.

It seems that if you run the battery down the charging system doesn't recharge the battery like a car or truck.

I took my battery, which was perfectly good, over the help a friend get her bike running. I wound up running mine down trying to crank hers. When I put my battery back in my bike it wouldn't crank. I took it to the local dealer and let them charge it for about 30 minutes, even though my service writer was telling me to charge it overnight. I didn't believe him. Turns out he was right. Two weeks later after countless miles the bike died on me at the gas station one day. Had to push start it in 3rd gear and rode it home. Charged it overnight and haven't had a problem since.

So my conclusion is the charging system only maintains the battery instead of actually recharging it.
 

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the reason to not run the car/truck is due to the battery amp/hr rating . our bikes ' batteries have a 9 amp/hr rating , where a car's charging system puts out well over 10 times that . it's not the bike that suffers , it's the battery in the bike . ( too much amperage will cook a battery ) . and yes , the charging system on a bike is only to replace the loss from ignition , lights ,etc. , not able to recharge it .
 
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