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Old 12-22-2007, 01:19 PM   #1
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Motorcycle Jumper Cables

I've seen several references here about "jumper cables" to be carried on your bike during a long ride. It's a good idea, I think. I've already been in one situation where jumper cables would have come in handy.

But... what constitutes jumper cables? Surely y'all aren't carrying regular automotive cables. I can imagine a short length of good thick wire would be sufficient (and pack relatively small), but what about the ends? How do you connect it to the batteries?

Does anyone have any pictures or instructions on how to make good, durable, and reliable motorcycle jumper cables? I've done a search, but all I come up with is people saying, "Make sure you bring jumper cables" and no description thereof.

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Old 12-22-2007, 01:27 PM   #2
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I bought these

http://www.roadgear.com/catalog/detail.cfm?Prod_ID=119

but I'm sure they could be made easily.

The current required would probably be too much for most accessory pigtails/plugs, in case you were thinking of using those to hook them up.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:51 PM   #3
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I bought these

http://www.roadgear.com/catalog/detail.cfm?Prod_ID=119

but I'm sure they could be made easily.

The current required would probably be too much for most accessory pigtails/plugs, in case you were thinking of using those to hook them up.
+1

I have these and have USED them. I won't travel without em.
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:01 PM   #4
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I bought these

http://www.roadgear.com/catalog/detail.cfm?Prod_ID=119

but I'm sure they could be made easily.

The current required would probably be too much for most accessory pigtails/plugs, in case you were thinking of using those to hook them up.
Oops. Maybe my answer is here.
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:19 PM   #5
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Oops. Maybe my answer is here.

Like tbirdsp said, it probably won't handle the amperage. Most of those connectors are only good for 10-15 amps mabye 20 at the most.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:47 PM   #6
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Aerostich has jumper cables on sale for $12. They're 10-gauge wire.
http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...s-p-16980.html

I just made my own out of some 10-gauge wire I had lying around, soldered to the alligator clips from the pigtails that come with those motorcyle Battery tenders.
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:19 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the tips, guys. It looks like I'll just find some good thick wire and some clips and make my own. The commercial cables look good, but none of them look very compact. I want to be able to pack mine in with my toolkit.

Now... where can I get some good quality clips?

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Old 12-22-2007, 10:27 PM   #8
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I just made my own out of some 10-gauge wire I had lying around, soldered to the alligator clips from the pigtails that come with those motorcyle Battery tenders...
Battery tenders transmit a few amps at best. Unless it's one that duals as a jumps starter, you need heavier wire than that of the battery tender. If you just used the clips, then you might be fine, but I'm not sure.
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:30 PM   #9
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I bought these

http://www.roadgear.com/catalog/detail.cfm?Prod_ID=119

but I'm sure they could be made easily.

The current required would probably be too much for most accessory pigtails/plugs, in case you were thinking of using those to hook them up.
I'm going to bump this since there is still some discussion on jumper cables....These work great, the price is right, they pack small.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:51 PM   #10
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Marine Romex
Looks like standard house, white colored solid copper stuff but its really mulit-strand therefore very flexable.

You will have to contact a good marine hardware store.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:02 AM   #11
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The Battery Tender I bought last year came with jumper cables included that plug right into the jack that charges the battery. I can jump my battery without even pulling the seat off.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:17 PM   #12
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The Battery Tender I bought last year came with jumper cables included that plug right into the jack that charges the battery. I can jump my battery without even pulling the seat off.
Those aren't jumper cables, those are CHARGING cables. They are not designed to sustain the load of jump starting a vehicle. But it would probably work from one bike to another. Just remember to reverse the polarity of the alligator clips on the other battery. IE red clip to negative and black clip to positive on the battery. That is if your connecting it to the pigtail that is on your bike.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:38 AM   #13
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Marine Romex
Looks like standard house, white colored solid copper stuff but its really mulit-strand therefore very flexable.

You will have to contact a good marine hardware store.
+1.

When I think of "severe conditions" hardware, boats and planes are good (can't usually afford milspec crap).

Here's one example of what you're talking about:



From:

this link

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10 AWG /5mm², UL 1426 Tinned Boat Cable ANCOR Marine Grade™ wire is manufactured from tinned copper stranding for maximum protection against corrosion and electrolysis. Ultra flexible (Type 3) stranding resists fatigue due to ibration and flexing.

ANCOR’s proprietary premium vinyl insulation stays flexible even in extreme cold and resists salt water, battery acid, oil, gasoline and ultra-violet radiation. Exclusive insulation is rated at 600 volts, 105° C dry and 75° C wet, and is resistant to heat and abrasion.
Exceeds all UL 1426, US Coast Guard Charterboat (CFR Title 46) and ABYC standards. recommended colors, and in standard lengths from 8 foot mini-spools to 1,000 foot bulk spools.
Shudder to think what two 8-foot "mini-spools" (red & black) might cost, but .... you can will it to your grandkids

[EDIT:] it looks like it's about $1/foot, so .. with $8/pr marine battery clips, you got about $24 for bulletproof cables. Hmm.

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:10 AM   #14
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Here's one example of what you're talking about:



Marine-grade 10 gauge wire.

From:

this link

It's about $1/foot, so .. with $8/pr marine battery clips, you got about $24 for bulletproof cables.
Well, I jetted out to the marine store and made myself a pair of these last night.

They came out exceptionally well.

They coil up into something the size of a small can of nuts and slips right into my tool bag.

[EDIT] picture:


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Old 12-22-2007, 01:27 PM   #15
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It don't take much. I made mine out of 4 gauge zip cord about 10' long. I used some color coded clips on both ends big enough to clip to a car battery.
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