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Fewer things are more disappointing than getting ready for a casual ride or just trying to head home from work — only to find out your motorcycle won’t start. There’s a wide range of reasons this can happen, but the likely cause is a drained or dead battery. Knowing how to test your battery and how to jump-start your bike can help keep you from being stranded.
Before you consider jump-starting your ride, it’s important to check that you’re dealing with a battery issue. Testing your battery is a key part of basic motorcycle maintenance and can be done in one of two simple ways.
Turn on your headlights and any lights on your instrument panel.Lights that are dimmer than usual typically mean your battery currently can’t start your motorcycle.
If you have a digital voltmeter or multimeter, you can also test your battery’s voltage to see if it’s lower than it should be. Here’s how you take a voltage reading:
A fully charged battery should have a voltage of about 12.7 or higher. Anything below a 75% charge, or a voltage of around 12.45, could keep your motorcycle from starting.
Once you’ve determined that an undercharged battery is holding you up, you can start making plans to jump-start your motorcycle.
Jump-starting your dead bike with another motorcycle is very similar to jump-starting a car. Make sure you have jumper cables, then do the following:
Portable jump starters are extremely useful when no other vehicles are around to help get your bike running again. Here’s how to jump-start a motorcycle with a portable jump starter:
Once you’ve used your portable jump starter, recharge it as soon as you can so you’ll be ready if you need it again.
Understanding how to push-start a motorcycle is a great skill to have, but this method should be used only if the previous jump-starting options aren’t possible. So if needed, here’s how to do it:
Jump-starting your motorcycle with a car should be avoided whenever possible, and many motorcycle and battery manufacturers provide warnings about doing so. This is mainly because of the fundamental differences between car and motorcycle batteries. A car battery’s higher amperage (its strength) can cause an overload, which could damage your motorcycle’s battery and potentially burn out the starter.
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Knowing how to jump-start your bike can help keep you from being stranded. Make sure you have jumper cables.
Attach the positive clip (red cable) to the positive battery terminal on the dead battery.
Attach the other positive clip to the positive terminal on the working battery.
Attach the negative clip (black cable) to the negative terminal on the working battery.
Attach the other negative clip to a metal surface on your bike.
Start the working motorcycle and let the engine run for a couple minutes.
Start your motorcycle (this may take more than one attempt).
When your bike starts, keep both bikes running for a few minutes to increase the battery’s power.
Disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order you attached them.
Ride your motorcycle for 15 to 30 minutes to recharge the battery.