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Jump-started bike, now wearin the "Facepalm"sign...



What a WONDERFULLY idiotic way to start a beautiful riding season.

SO. Rode my bike to work today. Nice, beautiful, warm ride in the AM. Pull into work, engage the killswitch and forget to turn the key (never happened before because I lock my wheel). Awhile later I was diggin in me pocket for no real reason and notice my keys aren't there. Didn't even think twice, knew what I had done. Ran out, locked the wheel, pulled the keys, went back to work. Goin to leave, notice bike won't start. Guages, lights, and clock come on for 1/2 a second and blank out. Great. Get some cables and have a friend jump me off. He does successfully. I put the little rubber ( + ) cap back on and put the seat back on.

I go to leave, forget to pull the stand up. Bike dies again. Haven't had time to recharge, so... gotta get another jump. He pops hood, puts his ends on, and I put mine on. Turn the key. Nothing. I mess with the connections, making sure all 4 are snug. Noticing tiny sparks here and there, but nothing out of the norm when regularly moving clamps around. Still nothing. ASfter a few minutes, I look.... and facepalm. I made a few choice words and directed them at myself. I had put MY leads on the battery nackwards. Why? Aside from idiocy, I had put the little rubber ( + ) cap on the wrong post, so when I pulled it off I clamped the + clamp on the - post. Outstanding.

So at the end, I had my bike brought home. It's in my driveway safe, and not in some parking lot. I'm guessing first thing: a fuse has blown. Somewhere. I'm hoping and praying that's all it is, and I didn't blow my ECU (like a fellow forum member did). I need to know what I should do. I know there are fuses under the seat and also under the left fairing. Which set do I look at? What fuse controls this and was the most likely to have blown?

Many thanks in advance to he/she who helps. Still a novice at repairs, but... seems every few months I'm learning more and more.


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Youre not the first to do that and wont be the last, I did it too. Judging by your sig Im assuming you have a 03-06?

When I did the same thing on my '08 I blew out the main fuse (30A fuse). On mine it was in located on the positive cable you connect to the battery, just follow the cable and if its similar to the '08 it should be there. I think Honda set some kind of failsafe just in case something like this happens so you wont harm other components.
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It's pouring rain here and I'm about to head to sleep soon. I have a question, if you would kindly help. This 3Oa fuse, is it one of those blocky, 4-pronged fuses that I'll have to order from Tokyo, or is it a good 'ol regular fuse I can get from a local Advanced/O'Reiley's/AutoZone/etcetc...?


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Just a regular old fuse that you can get from your local auto zone/advanced/.....
I would start there and hopefully that fixes your problem.
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I'll try that first thing tomorrow. God willing, I'll get to enjoy another day of riding. Thanks, I'll keep the thread updated.


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did you remember to turn the kill swith off?

Admittedly I have forgotten that. and gone for a jump. luckily the jumper was a biker and he pointed that out to me.

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Was the other vehicle on when you jumped your bike???
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Hopefully the car's engine was not running when you got a jump start
if it was then you might have caused more damage that just a fuse if it
turns out and its only the 30 amp fuse that got fried then you got lucky
never ever have the car engine running when jumping a bike



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Hopefully the car's engine was not running when you got a jump start
if it was then you might have caused more damage that just a fuse if it
turns out and its only the 30 amp fuse that got fried then you got lucky
never ever have the car engine running when jumping a bike
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I did not have the KillSwitch turned OFF when I was getting the jump.

And yes, the car that was giving the jump was turned off. THAT much I got right, heh. Still, big *facepalm* for the poles tho....


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Hate to double-post, but here goes.

Pulled the battery out, checked the fuse box, sure enough. 3Oa fuse blown. Had the spare, put it in, put the battery back in, immediately saw the clock came on. Turned the key to "ON", clock died, nothing came on. Pushed the bike up to my car, jumped the bike off, ran like the sweet redhead she is.

It's the battery now. I had the battery recharged yesterday, so if if it just needed a charge that would've fixed it. Got my friend recharging it ad AutoZone now, but I'm gonna buy another battery anyway. I'm 90% sure the battery died all the way and killed it. Had this problem before, if anyone remembers the first battery debacle I had when I first bought the bike.

Thanks for lettin me know which fuse/where to look. And reassuring me that it's a normal fuse. I'ma wear my dunce hat for a few fays tho. I deserve it. Thanks again everyone =)


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Next time, just bump start it. No cables or friends needed. You may look kinda goofy doing it in the parking lot at work though. LOL
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Next time, just bump start it. No cables or friends needed. You may look kinda goofy doing it in the parking lot at work though. LOL
Haha yeah i feel you on that one. The first two weeks i had my bike I done this on many occasions. I'm a brokeass student that works at foodlion. I have some tips for rollstarting if your gone do it put it in neutrual and when you do go to click it up goto second instead of first. First has to low of a gearing ratio and will just lockup and skid instead of turning the engine over.
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You need to learn to bump start a bike.
It take one person and his man power to bump start.
No jumper cable, you don't have to worry about the polarity.

Ran with the bike and pop the clutch.


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Do not forget to replace the spare 30 AMP fuse that you just used
otherwise next time this happens and you blow the fuse you will be
really stranded



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Another idea and no i am not picking on you Get one of those long Orange tags
that state remove before flight and attach it to your key ring its bright enough
and long enough for your eyes to notice it and remember taking the key off
the ignition

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HAHA thanks Moe.

And I know how to bump start. But, like I said, when I turned the key ON I got nothing. Even the clock was out. The battery was D-E-D. Can't bump-start a bike w/a dead bat. Tried that before I even ran for cables...

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Glad it was only the 50 cent fuse.
Now you can go ride!
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Yes yes yes! And man the weather's just starting to get reeeeeeal nice down here. This'll be my first Spring with the bike, so I'm really looking forward to it. Goin to the beaches, ridin the coast, hangin with friends... really lookin forward to the next few months.

Dirty side down, boys. Take care!


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