Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana,
Starter cranked when jump starting?
The other day I inadvertantly turned the ingition key on my LT to the position where my parking lights were left on all day. Needless to say, when I went to start the bike, the battery was dead enough that it wouldn't start the bike. I called a friend of mine who had a battery jumper pack, and when we put the cables on the battery, the starter immediately began to crank, even though the key was in the off position. Of course I immediately turned the key on, and the bike started right up. However, all of my lights were out, including the head lights, the tail lights, the dash lights, my moto lights, and even the turn signals wouldn't work. Thinking I had somehow put too much juice to the system, I checked the fuses, but they appeared to be fine. The bike was idling this entire time, but still no lights. In the process of giving the bike some throttle, I accidently hit the starter button, and immediately the lights came on!!! They seem to be working fine, but I am more than a bit confused about it all. I have no idea why the starter would crank under those condition, or why no lights until I accidently touched the starter. Has anything similar ever happened to anyone, or does anyone have an explanation? After this, I certainly am going to think twice about jump starting the bike. jrlakin