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Best Gear to Jump Start K1200 GT

I had to jump start my bike yesterday and tried 3rd gear, and it seemed pretty abrupt. I know the gearing is pretty wide, so could people advise what is a good gear to best jump start a K1200 that needs to be jump started because of a low battery. Mind you, I am talking about a low battery - not a dead battery and I am assuming that the computer is alive with juice. I'm specifically talking about is 3 gear better than 4th, or 5th, etc. If its too low, the bike skids when the clutch is popped.


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It's called Bump Starting

and I just use First gear. Jump starting involves jumper cables and another vehicle - at least in this neck of the woods.

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never had any luck doing it and was recommended to me not too..

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Only had to bump start once and I used 2nd. I have remembered to turn the key off every time since then.

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Don't pop the clutch, release it slowly.

I do it once in a while at the ferry line up, that's down a pretty steep hill so can probably hit 15-20 Mph before I release the clutch in second but I guess third would also work. And then pull back the clutch as soon as it starts and adjust the gear again slowly, you don't want to crunch anything.

Remember the "starting procedure" as in turn ignition On before you touch the brakes, otherwise you may not have much brakes at the bottom of the hill.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 2013, 4:03 pm
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To me 'bump starting' is rider off the saddle, ignition on clutch in run like hell, then clutch out and pray.

Knowing the expense of dropping a bike, I would not feel comfortable doing this. Taking precautions and jumping the battery to the car battery is less risky. Even sat in the saddle coasting on a down gradient. At least you have full control of the bike.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2013, 3:48 pm
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'bump' starting

I live on a hill and I commute by K1200rs. I would bump start my bike in 3rd every morning for about 4 years. It just seemed the easiest and quietest way to leave the street I live on. Second was too abrupt, 3rd was sweet. However, my gearbox started jumping out of the lower gears last year and then I lost the first 3 gears altogether. A replacement gearbox and a clutch seal job while I was there cured it. I have no idea if the 2 things are related but bear in mind these gearboxes are known for their robustness?

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