C5 Performace 9V Battery Motorcycle Starting System

| November 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

Our sponsor C5 Performance has just come up with a 9V battery system ( 9V as in the one you’d put in say an alarm clock ) for starting a bike with their Optical Ignitions. When asked if this will work with any bike, this was their response –

YES. We have determined that a capacitor connected to both the coil and ignition was not a success. Using a 9v battery to start the engine, then switching to engine voltage was successful. Phase 3 is to design and make a circuit board that automatically switches off the 9v battery once the engine starts…without having to manually do anything. The battery should last a year, so at the beginning of each riding season it costs you 97 cents at Walgreens for a new 9v battery (just as a precaution).

****20131109 Update from C5 on our Facebook page – …we are designing this kit for a Triumph customer (chopper) but our intention is to have one or two kits for all bikes that use our ignitions. You will be able to use this kit regardless of what ignition you have, but our main goal is to operate the C5 safely without a battery as an electronic cushion… 

9V Motorcycle Starting System


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  1. Clyde Eaton says:

    Great discovery but is it considered good for the motorcyle? I mean, will it suffice or last for a long time compared to traditional batteries? What I’m afraid of with these experiments is if it is detrimental to the whole electronic system of the motorycle leading to more expenses.

    • Paul says:

      Clyde, you bring up our biggest concern…reliability.

      We have tested with and without a small battery. Our ignition will start the cycle with none, but the 9v battery helps “smooth out” the current that operates our system. Battery life should be 5 years, but we will recommend yearly replacement.

      We have one capacitor for the ignition and another for the rest of electrical parts, just as several manufacturers used for years. Dirt bikes and many snowmobiles don’t use a battery. The voltage regulator takes care of that.
      Thank you for the great question!

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