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KLRs: 2013, 2005, 1998; 2017 HD Electraglide Ultra
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Everything you said makes complete sense. But I had a day where I left my ignition switch on and only turned it off at the kill switch, so the headlight stayed on. A half hour later, my battery was just a little too weak to start the bike. I realize that the starter would draw too much juice for the fuse or cable, but if I let it charge for a while from a donor bike (without attempting to start it), I figured that the battery could "come back" enough to start the bike on its own.
Yes, this will work, not only on your KLR, but on cars too. Just don't try to start it while connected through that SAE connector, or you will pop the in-line fuse. The principle is to let the discharged battery suck up some charge from a good battery (and preferably a running bike or car), enough to restart the bike. 5 minutes is usually enough charging time in my experience. If that doesn't work, try 10 minutes. If that doesn't work, you'll need a direct battery to battery jump, or push start.
 
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