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You’ve probably all have heard different do’s and don’ts when it comes to starting a motorcycle. Many of them are true. Others are old wives tales. Recently we’ve outlined different ways to start a motorcycle, specifically on how to push it, whether you’re fuel injected or carbureted.
Push starting your motorcycle is a great option, but sometimes if the battery is dead enough, even a push start won’t be able to get it to turn over and you’ll need to resort to using other vehicles to help you get your motorcycle started again.
Can you jump-start a motorcycle using a car? You can jump-start a motorcycle by using a car. You should not use this method as it poses a risk to your motorcycle. When a car is running, the voltage can run high enough to damage the electronics that are on a motorcycle, but if you’re careful, jumping it with a car is a valid option.
Motorbikes and other sport vehicles often have smaller batteries than cars. How can we start a motorcycle using a car’s battery? What are the things to avoid? What are the best ways to find out if there was damage to the motorcycle after it has been started? For a complete explanation, continue reading.
Why (And When) It’s Okay To Jump Start A Motorcycle With A Car
People recommend that you avoid jumping start a motorcycle by using a car’s battery. This is generally what I believe. The use of a car’s battery can cause damage, so before you try to use one, make sure that you’ve tried other methods first.
If you don’t have a way to start your motorcycle other than your buddy’s car and some jumper cables, then proceed with caution. This can be done safely when it’s done right; a car can give off more power than a motorcycle needs, but nonetheless has power to give. A motorcycle without a battery can still be as good as new if it has the right amount of power.
Charging your motorcycle should be easy and effective if the bike’s battery is a 12V system. So, if you’re stuck and only have a car and some cables, don’t be afraid, but instead be cautious and make sure that you do it right.
How to Jump Start a Motorcycle with a Car
The first step when jump starting anything, whether it’s a street bike, dirt bike, four-wheeler or car, is make sure that you know why it won’t start. This means that you must ensure that the engine has gas, that all switches are correctly turned, and that the kickstand/gear selector are in the proper positions.
If you’ve narrowed it down to battery failure, then you’re ready to take the next step, seeing if you can push start your motorcycle. You will need to ensure that you have enough space and that your computer can turn on before giving your bike a push start. You can click here to find out how to push-start a motorcycle.
After you verified that your bike’s battery is dead and that you’re only left to use a car, let’s make sure that you have it set up right. First, ensure that both the car AND bike are turned off. You will need jumper cables. Use the cables that you have.it’s recommended to use motorcycle specific cables. You can use car cables, but keep in mind that to reach your bike’s terminals, it might be difficult with the size of the car clamps.
Once you have the cables removedConnect the positive and negative sides of the batteries together. Next, connect the ground side to the car battery. Finally, connect the ground side to the motorcycle battery. Remember that red is positive while black is negative.
The reason you want to do it in this order is so that you don’t accidentally short out the car’s battery and are left with no way to start either the car or the motorcycle. Connect the ground side to the motorcycle. Not Attach it directly to the terminal of your battery. Place it on exposed metal such as the frame or engine. This can give a safer charge, and again, helps to make sure that you don’t short out either battery.
Once the battery is connected, don’t do anything. This is different to when you are jumping-starting a car. When you are starting a car, the battery should be working and possibly revving the engine to charge it. Bicycles will have a different battery. To fully charge your motorcycle, you will need to simply connect them without turning the engine.
After the car has been connected to the motorcycle for approximately a minute, you can go ahead. Turn the key To the motorcycle Make sure that everything lights up. If it does then it’s time to try to start up the motorcycle.
Only let the bike crank for a few seconds after you turn it on.. If it doesn’t start, turn everything back off and let it charge up a little bit more. Because of the amps that are pulled from the car battery, you want to make sure that you don’t have it trying to turn over for too long. This can cause electronics to go bad.
Once the bike starts, you can disconnect the cables. You might notice that when it starts up it’ll sound more aggressive then it normally does. Don’t worry about that. The starting electronics might be able to respond faster if you use a car battery. To ensure that your bike is fully charged, you should take the cables off as soon as it starts.
After all this, it’s time to move on. You should ensure that you have a place where your motorcycle can be checked Out. Motorcycle batteries are smaller than car batteries, so they can get very worn when fully charged. It takes about 20 minutes to check the battery.
Is it dangerous for a motorcycle to be started this way?
It’s hard to say whether it’s a bad thing or a good thing to jump start your motorcycle using a car. Is this going to make sure that your motorcycle starts up and goes where it needs? It will get you there. But, are you willing to take a risk? You do.
Because the amp’s coming out of a car battery and a motorcycle battery are different, You run the risk of damaging the electronic components on your motorcycle by charging the car’s battery. The cost of replacing an electronic component can add up, especially if it is newer. Computer systems are becoming more interconnected, so the bike won’t be able run without them.
There are some things you should avoid when starting a motorcycle with a vehicle
As a quick recap, it’s important to make sure that while you are jump starting a motorcycle with a car you don’t start the car or let the car idle. The car’s battery has a voltage of 12.6 volts. It can also run at 13.5 volts to 14.8 volts when it is running. If you let the car idle when charging the bike, you will probably permanently damage the bike’s electronics, so make sure that the car is turned off.
Next, you will want to Make sure you have the correct jumper cables. Although car cables work as I mentioned, they can be difficult to attach to the motorcycle’s terminals due to their small size.
Finally, make sure that you don’t try starting the bike for longer than just a couple seconds at a time. If you hold the start button for too long, you will probably fry your starter motor, and then won’t be able to go anywhere!