How To Jump Start A Motorcycle

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Learning How To Jump Start A Motorcycle In An Emergency Situation

A jump start is a simple procedure where the dead battery of one vehicle is charged with the working battery of another. If the spark plugs are in a good condition, and you have sufficient motorcycle oil in the tank, a dead battery can be the only possible reason behind a sudden breakdown. In an emergency like this, you need some charge in the battery so that you can reach home safely. It is the reason why learning how to jump start a motorcycle is necessary. Therefore, we will teach you how to jump start a bike using different battery options.

Jump Start With Another Motorcycle

Follow these steps to jump start a motorcycle using the battery of another motorbike:

1. Locate the Battery Terminals

The process of jump starting the motorcycle is similar to that of a car. However, locating the battery terminals on a motorcycle can be a little difficult. When you are planning to jump start a motorcycle using another bike, ensure that both of them are turned off, and parked neutral gear.

In most of the traditional motorcycle models, the battery terminals are present under the seat. However, in the new models, the location of the battery terminals can be different. So, look carefully and try to find the terminals.

Many users are unable to locate the battery terminals in their motorcycle even after hours of searching. In this case, you can try and search for the terminals at points where the battery cables are fixed with the motorbike.

2. Connecting The Jumper Cables

You will require jumper cables to jumpstart your motorcycle. These cables are thick wires with clips at their ends. The jumper clips help in connecting the dead battery of one motorcycle with the working battery of the other.

After finding the terminals, you can connect the clips of the jumper cables in any order whatsoever. However, some motorcyclists use a set pattern to connect the cables.

In any jumper cable, the red handle is for the positive, and the black handle is for the negative clip. Similarly, in the motorcycle batteries, red rubber caps indicate the positive terminal, and black ones represent the negative terminals.

To start the process, you need to connect the positive red clip of a jumper cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery.

Now, attach the second positive clip of this cable to the positive terminal of the live battery.

Attach the negative clip with the negative terminal of the working battery. However, you need to attach the other negative clip with the metal surface on the dead battery. It prevents the sparking in the battery.

3. Start Charging

Turn on the motorcycle with the working battery, and let the engine work for a few seconds so that it gets warmed up.

Now, check if the connections of the jumper cable clips are tight or not. Then, start the second motorcycle and let both remain on for a while so that charge gets built up.

4. Checking The Battery

After around 15 minutes, start removing the jumper cable clips in the reverse order. First, remove the negative clips, followed by the positive ones.

Now, ride the bike for 15 to 30 minutes to circulate the accumulated charge. If the battery does not last for a minimum of 15 minutes, it is completely dead and needs a replacement.

Jump Start With A Car Battery

The electric current strength derived from the battery of a car is significantly higher than that from a motorcycle. Therefore, mechanics avoid using a car battery to jumpstart a motorcycle. They fear that the high amperage of the car battery can overload the motorcycle battery, causing the starter switch to burn.

However, there are times when the battery stops working while traveling, and you do not have another motorcycle battery to jump start. In an emergency like this, you can use a car battery, if available, to at least get to a garage and seek help.

Note- Damages sustained by the motorcycle batteries during such a jump start are not covered under warranty policies.

1. Preparation And Connections

Like in the previous case, ensure that the car and the motorcycle are turned off and put in neutral before you attach the jumper ropes.

Use jumper cables with the same color-coding, and connect the clips in the same order as before.

2. Try Starting The Bike First

Unlike in the previous case, keep the car turned off initially. You can try cranking the motorcycle, but it will not charge the dead battery sufficiently. However, if you turn the car on, the excess power from its battery will burn the ignition system. Thus, keep trying to start the bike and keep it running as long as possible.

3. Cranking The Motorcycle

Ideally, the bike should start instantly, and the crank should be more powerful than usual. If the bike does not start instantly, you can try starting it a couple of times more, but cranking should only be for a maximum of two seconds. If the bike still does not start, the battery is completely dead, and you will have to replace it.

4. Check The Battery

If the battery starts instantly, keep the bike on for around 15 minutes. Remove the jumper cable clips in the reverse order.

After this, ride the bike for around 30 minutes. Ensure that you make the revolutions as high as possible so that the charge remains inside the battery, and circulates throughout the system. If the bike stops frequently during the ride, it means that it is unable to pick up the charge, and needs replacement.

Other Jump Start Methods

Using the battery systems of other vehicles to jump start your motorcycle is the safest and most reliable method. However, bikers also use portable jumpstarters so that they can start the bike in the middle of the road, without the help of any other vehicle.


So, in this article, we taught you how to jump a motorcycle. While jumpstarting is an efficient way to restart a motorcycle with battery issues, it is not a permanent repair solution. It can help you get home or reach a garage in an emergency. However, you need to determine the actual cause of the problem. The jump start technique has been in use for several years now. Once the motor starts after the battery gains sufficient charge, it will work smoothly for a considerably long duration.

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Emanuel Smith

Emanuel Smith

Emanuel has a degree in mechanical engineering and a great interest in the workings of bikes. His articles are always well-researched and are supported by his good knowledge of how bikes work.
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