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How to Jump start your Bike from another bike

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How to Jump start your Bike from another bike

If you’ve ever jump started a car, the process is the same for motorcycles, although accessing the battery terminals might be a little more difficult. This does require that you or the other rider have jumper cables.

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1. Make Sure Both Bikes Are Off and in Neutral

2. Find the Battery Terminals

  • For most bikes, the battery is under the seat, but this may differ depending on the make and model.
  • If the terminals on the battery are inaccessible, try the terminals on the chassis (where the battery cables are bolted onto the bike).

3. Connect the Jumper Cables

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There is no particular order to connecting jumper cables, but most people do it this way:

  1. Attach one positive clip (red handles) to the positive terminal (usually has a red, rubber or plastic cover and labeled POS or +) of the dead battery.
  2. Attach the other positive clip to the positive terminal of the good battery.
  3. Attach the negative clip (black handles) to the negative terminal of the good battery.
  4. Attach the other negative clip to a bare metal surface (not painted or waxed) on the dead bike. This just prevents any potential damage to the battery.

4. Start the Working Bike

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  • Let it run for a couple of minutes to make sure the battery is fully active.

5. Try to Start Your Bike

  • It may take a few attempts. Check the connections, and make sure everything on your bike is set to run.
  • Once your bike starts, keep both bikes running for a few minutes to build up a charge.

6. Disconnect the Jumper Cables

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  • Start removing the clips in the reverse order of how you put them on, starting with the negative clip on your bike.
  • Ride around for 15-30 minutes to recharge the battery. If you know that your battery is on its way out (i.e., not going to hold a charge that well), you don’t need to ride it around very far since you’ll just be replacing it anyway.

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