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Default Dumb mistake. Hooked up jumpers backwards, bike shows no sign of life.

Hey SBN i'm a frequent lurker on here but do not own a sportbike myself. My dad however owns a honda rebel 250 and recently had his battery die on him at a gas station. I went to go help him jump start the bike but since it was very dark out, I made the mistake of connecting the jumper cable backwards. Needless to say there were some sparks from the connector and the bike's battery got very hot. I'm sure the original battery is trashed now but after going to walmart (the only place that was open in the middle of the night) and buying a 12V motorcycle battery, charging it and installing it, the bike shows no sign of life when trying to start. The headlight doesn't go on, starter doens't turn over, etc. I checked for blown fuses but they all look intact and after swapping each of the two for the spare, still no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Look for a blown main fuse
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(Worked in walmarts auto section for 2 years and in the garage)
Couple stupid questions im going to ask.

Did you put the acid in the battery?
Did you wait with the plugs out for a half hour to an hour after filling with acid for it to de-gas?
Did you charge it long enough on a very low charge?
did you check to see it had a charge?!

other than that you very well couldve roasted your electrical delicates.
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(Worked in walmarts auto section for 2 years and in the garage)
Couple stupid questions im going to ask.

Did you put the acid in the battery?
Did you wait with the plugs out for a half hour to an hour after filling with acid for it to de-gas?
Did you charge it long enough on a very low charge?
did you check to see it had a charge?!

other than that you very well couldve roasted your electrical delicates.
i've filled batteries for PWCs many times so I did put the acid in and use a trickle charger until the indicator light showed green (charged). Also, I have read that rebel 250s can be push started even if the battery is bad. I tried push starting it and still nothing. What would I look for in a blown fuse? I checked the fuse box and the two fuses within looked the same as the replacement fuse. I tried swapping the fuses one at a time with the replacement fuse and again nothing.
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look for a master fuse somwehere.
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try this...

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I think there is some sort of master fuse.

The headlight, neutral light and all other lights should work, as they have no polarity. The CDI may be fried though. But you won't know until you get the headlight to work, as that means that energy is not getting to it. On the fiche I can see a third fuse, that is not on the fuse box, so it maybe that one.
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fixed it! realized that the main fuse wasn't the same as the headlight/taillight fuses and replaced it.
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Yep, look for a main fuse near the battery. This fuse will blow if all the electrics are put in jeopardy as in reversing the polarity of the battery.
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Main Fuse is blown and the battery is dead and needs to be recharged or replaced.
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For future reference you can push start a honda rebel really easy, just get on it pull the clutch do a duck waddle to get it rolling then drop the clutch in 1st. I rode mine with a dead battery (wouldn't hold a charge) for a month or 2 when I was in High School.
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Do you get on the bike first or not?
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For future reference you can push start a honda rebel really easy,just get on itpull the clutch do a duck waddle to get it rolling then drop the clutch in 1st. I rode mine with a dead battery (wouldn't hold a charge) for a month or 2 when I was in High School.
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Hell when my battery was getting weak I had to push start my F3 because the battery wasn't strong enough to start it.

i'm sure I got laughed at more than once, including a cop that pulled me over, and I had to push start the damn thing. haha.
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So did the main fuse sort it or are we still looking for a issue, after checking all fuse's have a look at the main earth lead that its not burnt and furked and the main power lead to the starter motor again its not burnt.
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