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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Jump starting ?

I Left the ignition switch on this morning...
Someone was talking to me and I must have just gotten side tracked with the conversation and totally messed up.... After 3-4 hours went to the bike to go out for lunch and found battery dead as dead can be...

I've heard you shouldnt jump start a bike.
but what else can I do at this point ?

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I Left the ignition switch on this morning...
Someone was talking to me and I must have just gotten side tracked with the conversation and totally messed up.... After 3-4 hours went to the bike to go out for lunch and found battery dead as dead can be...

I've heard you shouldnt jump start a bike.
but what else can I do at this point ?
What I've heard and done is to jump start with a vehicle or other bike turned off. YOu will need to connect directly to the battery.
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From the Service MGR at Harley shop, you do not have to remove the seat.

Positive connection to the starter above the transmission, you'll see a wire connection here covered with a rubber boot. Negative to frame or bolt from the transmission. In this case connect negative first.

Always connect good battery from car or other bike first and last.

Connect in this order.

1.Positive on good battery, make sure negative is not touching any metal, against anything plastic is good
2.negative on bad battery or on frame
3.Positive on bad battery or starter post on bike
4.Negative on good battery or to frame of vehicle with good battery.

Bad batteries can give off a flamable gas. This way if there is any spark with the last connection it is made at the vehicle that is running and has the good battery that should not be gassing.

check connection using ignition switch on bike with bad battery, lights should come on etc.

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+1 to what Calgaryglide said. I've done it but removed the seat for direct connection to the battery posts.

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Thanks guys.
Im thankful this happened here at work . We grabbed one of the warehouse's forklifts and tried to jump start the battery..
After a few minutes , the most I could get out of my starter was a constant clicking where before there was nothing....

After various attempts, I decided to forget the jump start route and placed the battery on a charger.(Luckily we had one here) .. After 20 minutes on the charger the bike started right up...
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I wonder why the jump starting did not work... ..
Any thoughts ?

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I'd guess better connections & a stronger battery to jump from would make the difference, it did for me.

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Last winter we had a bad weather spell (for us) and I didn't get to ride for a couple of weeks. I went out to the garage on a sunny day in February and found that I'd left the ignition switch on all that time. Battery was deader'n shit. I had an appointment at Horny Toad to get new bars and a few other doo dads installed. Hooked up the RGU (from the battery) to one of my cars and revved the hell out it for about 15 minutes, got it fired up and made the 60 mile ride to Temple.

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Sumbitch ended up crapping out on me just before my Yosemite trip in May. Thanks to this forum I leaned that it was maybe covered under my warranty. Took it to my in town dealer and they replaced it for free ; )



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Above being said, done both- off starter and battery, also have being footed-switch on, clucth in, in 2nd @ 10-15 mph, no damaging effect. A cut lenght of lamp cord(once from a motel) to another battery in a pinch, also carry a lenght of lamp cord with bulldog clips colored taped near my tool wrap mainly for others. These are big bikes, but bikes just the same.
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My concern is mostly with the ECM module and frying it for some reason when doing a jump start...

But butt cheeks clenched up as I was jump starting it today...

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My concern is mostly with the ECM module and frying it for some reason when doing a jump start...

But butt cheeks clenched up as I was jump starting it today...
It'll be fine. I attach the bike last. Some say don't start the car, but reality is we don't need the CCAs a car needs so it's overkill, but it's not going to hurt anything. The voltage will be the same, and the amperage is only what can be "consumed" by the system.
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