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Dead Battery

Postby tandem54 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:42 pm



Last week I took my son to a Dr. appointment and 1/2 hour later when he came out my car wouldn't start!! Dead battery! Well after 3 hours and about $200 it has a new battery. I started thinking, I have road service on my bike but I didn't have any way of "jumping it" if the battery was dead away from home, and from what I read on here it's almost impossible to "kick start". So today I made my own jumper cables for the bike. I already have a cable hooked to the battery and going under the seat and into the right rear passenger compartment where I just plug in my Battery Tender. I had extra cable parts from two different battery tenders so I unhooked the wire ends and soldered the ends from one to the other. Now I have a jumper cable I can plug in in the compartment and not have to take off the side covers. I just hope I never have to use it!!!! :D
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Re: Dead Battery

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:01 am

All that looks great.
Keep in mind,if your bike battery is dead or weak,those jumper cables will never be able to pass enough current to start it right away.
The bike needs about 120 amp to the starter,your jumper cables might be able to pass 15-20 amp at best.
If your battery is just very low,attach the jumpers to a "car" and let it charge the bike battery for several minutes at least.This will "boost/charge" the bikes battery.
Real "starter"jumper cables are usually the size of welding cables.What you have is booster cables.

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Re: Dead Battery

Postby thrasherg » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:07 pm

Also most battery tender leads contain a 5 amp fuse, so that is going to pop the instance you connect a healthy battery to your lead as a dead battery will try to take more than 5 amps!! As Virgil states, if you hit the start button, the leads would melt (assuming the fuse didn't pop first (which it would as 30 amp is the largest rating you can get!!)) all you can do is connect the leads to another vehicle (with a running engine) so that that vehicle starts to recharge you dead battery, wait 15 minutes and then try to start the wing. You will still need to uprate the fuse in your battery tender lead to a 10 or 15 amp and keep some spare handy!!

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Re: Dead Battery

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:36 pm

thrasherg wrote:Also most battery tender leads contain a 5 amp fuse, so that is going to pop the instance you connect a healthy battery to your lead as a dead battery will try to take more than 5 amps!! As Virgil states, if you hit the start button, the leads would melt (assuming the fuse didn't pop first (which it would as 30 amp is the largest rating you can get!!)) all you can do is connect the leads to another vehicle (with a running engine) so that that vehicle starts to recharge you dead battery, wait 15 minutes and then try to start the wing. You will still need to uprate the fuse in your battery tender lead to a 10 or 15 amp and keep some spare handy!!

Gary


I have a permanent Battery Tender lead mounted in the exact same spot - coming out of the passenger cubby. I came across a young girl stranded on the side of the road, on a dead GSX-R750. Her battery was dead. She also had a Battery Tender pigtail permanently mounted in her bike. I took some of the 14 gauge wire I carry as spare in my toolkit, cut it into two pieces, and used it to connect our Battery Tender leads together. Then I ran my bike and charged her battery from mine. It worked, after about ten minutes she had enough juice to get her bike started, and she was on her way.

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Re: Dead Battery

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:23 pm

WingAdmin: I ran my bike and charged her battery from mine. After about ten minutes she had enough juice to get her bike started


And that's the seceret....charged her battery from mine and after about ten minutes

The other bike got enough charge to be able to crank and start from it's own battery,not the jumper.

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Re: Dead Battery

Postby tandem54 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:41 pm

I might have miss spoke when I said jump it, I know it will take a few minutes of charging, but this will get me out of trouble "in a pinch"
Like I said I have roadside service but I hate to call and use it if I can get it started to get home.


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