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Old 01-15-2009, 06:32 PM   #1
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another battery question

I read here that a bike battery can be jummped with a car, so long as you dont start the car

well that didn't work at all

before I connected the cables the display came on, it just wouldn't get running

after the cables nothing came on, flat dead ....

no I didnt cross any lines or anything, but hey nothing new for me to do something stupid

anyone know what could be going on?

oh and its an 05 R1 if that helps with any details

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Old 01-15-2009, 06:36 PM   #2
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Several things could be going on but what actually happened might be hard to pin down.
Have you checked your fuses?
Have you checked your ground (negative cable) connection at the other end from the battery?
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Don't mean to sound rude but have you checked the kill switch on the handle bar?
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What kinda bike is it?
Was the battery actually dead or was it something else?
When you say the display came on but it wouldn't get running, does that mean it wouldn't crank? or that it would crank but not start?
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its an 05 R1, it cranked but wouldnt start before and the dash came on but now nothing comes on at all and yeah the kill switch was checked, also each time I cranked I could hear it struggling more and more to get juice

however, the first thing that was suggested was the main fuse .... problem is I'm not sure where to find the fuse box on this bike .... first time pulling the seat off
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oh and no, ask any question you want say anything you want, even if you are being rude I really don't mind .... and you are trying to help so thank you I appreciate it
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I think I can find the main fuse if the 04 and 05 are in the same place
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and in the process of this I managed to find a free service manual, sweet
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Sounds more like a dead cell(s) on the battery to me, test it at a local shop (I think O'Reilly's does it still).

Chances are that it's the battery, but check your main fuse too. Do the easy stuff first ya know.

BTW, you can jump it off a car even when running as long as the car isn't putting out more than 14.4 volts (which is what most vehicles put out from the alternator).
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Sounds more like a dead cell(s) on the battery to me, test it at a local shop (I think O'Reilly's does it still).

Chances are that it's the battery, but check your main fuse too. Do the easy stuff first ya know.

BTW, you can jump it off a car even when running as long as the car isn't putting out more than 14.4 volts (which is what most vehicles put out from the alternator).
Sorry Tom, it's not the volts but the AMPs that an alternator puts out that can damage a regulator / rectifier.
I don't recommend jumping a bike from a running car.
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Sorry Tom, it's not the volts but the AMPs that an alternator puts out that can damage a regulator / rectifier.
I don't recommend jumping a bike from a running car.
I've never had a problem jumping a bike from a running car. Not saying it can't happen, and maybe I've been lucky, but I've never had an issue.
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