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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 02-10-2009, 08:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jump Start a Motorcycle from a car?

Hello all,
I have a 2004 Speedmaster and I hooked the battery to a little trickle charger but I think the charger is not working. I also know that the battery being 5 years old needs to be replaced. It is going to get into the 60's today in the Milwaukee, WI area. Can I jump start my bike using cables from my car to the bike?? I want to go for a slow ride around the neighborhood this afternoon- 60's and sunny!! Anyone know if that is okay to jump???
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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JUMP in car, go buy new battery, put on bike and start bike, then ride.



No good going for a ride with a battery thats flat, you won't be able to restart the bike at the other end.

Charger is probably OK battery is borked.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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+1 On buy a new battery. Even if you get it started our bikes ignition system requires full battery voltage to run properly. So what do you do when you come to a stop and it stalls???
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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DO not jump from a running car. TURN the car off and jump as usual. Works fine.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Derby Boy, BorgCymru,

I agree. I like the masterful use of the English language "jump in you car!" Only on RAT.
I was planning on jumping it and driving to the dealer for a new battery. The problem I have is I can buy a new one on line for $45+ shipping or $45 + a battery tender and free shipping for about $75.00 and the dealer wants $110+ tax for a new battery?? So I wanted to just ride around the neighborhood and believe me I wouldn't kill the motor I am very good at keeping the revs up and after a while the battery will charge up- it is not dead but last year without a tender I was able to start it in the garage in 30 to 40 degree weather. So now, do I forget riding and order a battery on line or
what? Anyone have a suggestion for a place to buy online??
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, that is what I am going to do and then set the idle up to 2000 rpm and drive around the neighborhood avoiding water (salt) for as long as I am comfortable- I'll then drive home and shut it off and if it restarts on it's own, I will carefully get to the freeway and blast downtown and back to wring it out! I love living in Wisconsin (been everywhere) and the four seasons but I have a big itch to ride my bike and it is supposed to be over 60 degrees and sunny today- and it rained pretty good last night!!!!!!
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But your battery is ****ed, you could then damage your charging system and that will cost more.

Don't be a 'half job harry' and do it right.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:06 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You are right- I'm calling the dealer in 49 minutes

when he opens to put a battery on the charger and I'll have a new one installed by 230PM and then go- makes for an UnBoring day!!
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I put a interstate sealed battery in mine its one hell of a good battery I bet you can buy them up where you are .Jumping it wont hurt a thing if car is not running .If it stays running when you un hook it it wont hurt to ride it ether.
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$110 for a battery!!!!!!?

My God man, tell me you didn't pay your dealer that! You have a Batteries Plus in Milwaukee. I got my replacement at one outside Detroit. I can't remember the price exactly, but it was around the $45 range you saw on the internet.
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