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post #1 of 33 Old 06-18-2011, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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AAA Won't jump cycles? WTF??

Stranded today with a dead battery (left the ignition on and forgot). Anyway, called AAA to get a quick jump and was told the following (basically): "we don't offer jump start service to motorcycles because their batteries are different from car batteries". I then stopped her (as she was saying something every bit as dumb as claiming 4+4=banana), and explained that all 12v batteries are the same. There is no difference (for the purpose of the discussion here) between one in a car vs a motorcycle.....or even a flashlight. She got very condescending and said that she'd be happy to explain to me how car and motorcyle batteries are different. Let me guess, a blue car also can not jump start a red car because they are "totally different" too?

Finally ended up getting a jump start from a friend (wow! and it was a car too!!). But....GOODBYE AAA! Thanks for absolutely nothing. Guess I should have read the fine print.

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Joining the AMA gets you roadside help, kinda like AAA, but they will jumpstart your moto.

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Joining the AMA gets you roadside help, kinda like AAA, but they will jumpstart your moto.
Thansk. MY AAA is up this month. All these year paying for "Premier" plus "RV Coverage".......and this is what I get. F AAA. Granted, I guess it's in the rules.....but who would even think this to be possible?

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bike batteries usually are not different than car batteries (more likely to be AGM or gel due to vibes and size) but hooking a powerful battery to a small dead battery has potential to be a problem. discharged batteries are more likely to be damaged batteries, dead and/or damaged batteries have the potential to draw a lot of current. what's the highest current you'd consider charging your bike battery? does it get hot at 10 amps? how much do you think it can pull from a car sized battery or jumper pack?

in reality that's why there's such a thing as a waiver. sign here and we'll jump your bike off you go...
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That policy does seem strange. In the past I've jump started my motorcycle with my car.

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bike batteries usually are not different than car batteries (more likely to be AGM or gel due to vibes and size) but hooking a powerful battery to a small dead battery has potential to be a problem. discharged batteries are more likely to be damaged batteries, dead and/or damaged batteries have the potential to draw a lot of current. what's the highest current you'd consider charging your bike battery? does it get hot at 10 amps? how much do you think it can pull from a car sized battery or jumper pack?

in reality that's why there's such a thing as a waiver. sign here and we'll jump your bike off you go...
well, assuming they are operating on "the dead battery could be damaged" (aka shorted).....which could create a load; then the same exact problem would exist for a car battery. In reality, there is ZERO difference between a car and motorcycle battery (assuming both are 12v nominal). ZERO

It is a VERY odd policy; but, they must feel like motorcycles don't mean a thing to their business. Just like how they charge much more to tow a motorycle vs a car. Okay with me if that's their business strategy and they don't give a rats a$$ about cycles.... but, that's what insurance companies used to say too. Now, they all are tripping over their d*$ks to get that segment.

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I guess I would have tried to push start it.
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jump starts

Most towing places don't hook up the tow vehicle's battery to the battery of the one with the dead battery, they use a jump starter that can damage a bikes wiring system though it shouldn't hurt the battery.

There are towing companies specially for bikes, if you're going to use one, might try one that actually is comfy working on bikes.

MTS is one.

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C'mon, it's the American Automobile Association, you expectations were higher than Charlie Sheen at an Bang Bros, movie premier after party.

In the future you shopuld make a point to forget to turn the bike off only at the top of a hill, don't blame a placebo for your headache.

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I belong to AAA only because the discounts I get on hotels, museums etc exceeds the yearly cost.

Used to book hotels through their website but now they've started charging $3.50 for the privilege. No, thanks.

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