Discussion in 'Electrical' started by STEVE07, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

    There was a thread in Jan. asking when to change a battery,most chimed in that the life of our bike batteries seems to be about 5yrs.
    I stated that the O.E.M. battery on my 07 was still fine and I had no intention of changing it.
    Thurs. night I took my bike off the tender,fired it up and went for a ride.
    Brought it home and did my service to get ready to head to Florida.
    I didn't bother putting it back on the tender,only a couple days till I load it on the trailer to head south.
    Nice morning here so I decided to go for a ride,went out and the bike will barely crank,surface voltage 12.4 drops to 8.7 as soon as you hit the start button,then plunges from there.
    Now I am off to Royal Distributing to buy a new battery.
    Glad it happened now and not when I went to unload the bike in Florida
  2. tyre

    tyre Active Member

    What luck. Glad you caught it now..
  3. sanec1

    sanec1 Active Member

    Going to retrieve my ride from storage today. Hope all is well. Enjoy your ride today and while you are in Florida.
  4. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Only 2 weeks since i found my battery to be lacking sufficient get up and go to start the bike :(
    Battery was 4 1/2 years old so perhaps i had got suitable time from it but regulator was pushing out 17.5 volts so may have toasted it :(

  5. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    VERY UNUSUAL Steve! These things are supposed to happen when you stop somewhere WAY out of the way, with no cel reception!!

  6. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

    That thread in January was the reason I bought a new battery for my '07 before I left for Salt Springs. Now your post makes me positive it was the right time to replace.
    P.S. I bought mine (Deka) from Bohannan's Battery in Palatka, FL $109 shipped, probably less for pick ups.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012
  7. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    Makes me feel better that I started that thread in January and got lots of folks thinking about their batteries. It's one of those components that's very easy to overlook since it usually works great until the day it STOPS working great.
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    HMMM, sounds familiar, goes to show just how fast a battery can go south
  9. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

    I put a new AVG premium battery in it,$124.Then I went for a nice ride.Stayed on the more travelled roads where the salt that is left is off to the sides.
  10. dbmg

    dbmg Guest

    I have always said that if you take care of your bike it will take care of you.
    In 25 years I had one tow from out on the road home and found a mod I made to bike caused break down....Any other issues that I had happened in the driveway also..