42 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE
If your motorcycle battery is "run
down," it should be removed and
charged. If this is not practical, a 12
volt booster battery and jumper cables
may be used to start the engine.
Battery acid generates hydro
gen gas which is flammable and
explosive under certain con
It is present within a
battery at all times, even in a
discharged condition. Keep all
flames and sparks (cigarettes)
away from the battery. Wear eye
protection when working with a
battery. In the event of battery
acid contact with skin, eyes, or
clothing, wash the affected ar
eas immediately with water for at
least five minutes. Seek medical
Connecting Jumper Cables
• Remove side covers and the rider's
• Make sure the ignition key is turned
• Remove the battery cover.
to the Battery section of the "Mainte
nance and Adjustment" chapter.)
• Connect a jumper cable from the
positive (+) terminal of the booster
battery to the positive (+) terminal of
the motorcycle battery.
A. Motorcycle Battery Positive (+) Terminal
B. From Booster Battery Positive (+) Terminal
С Unpainted Metal Surface
D. From Booster Battery Negative (-)
HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 43
• Connect another jumper cable from
the negative (-) terminal of the
booster battery to your motorcycle
shift pedal or other unpainted metal
surface. Do not use the negative (-)
terminal of the battery.
Do not make this last connec
tion at the fuel system or battery.
Take care that you do not touch
the positive and negative cables
together, and do not lean over
the battery when making this last
connection. Do not jump start a
frozen battery. It could explode.
Do not reverse polarity by con
necting positive (+) to negative
(-) or a battery explosion and
serious damage to the electrical
system may occur.