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Offline RFH87_Connie

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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2012, 07:46:23 am »
I stand corrected then.  I'd still recommend to anyone to put their bike (any bike) on a good quality trickle charger when not being used for a good lenght of time.

Not that this may have any bearing on his problem then......
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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2012, 07:54:36 am »
I stand corrected then.  I'd still recommend to anyone to put their bike (any bike) on a good quality trickle charger when not being used for a good length of time.
Not that this may have any bearing on his problem then......

This I do agree with.... We keep our starting or e-lighting batteries here on board the ship on a charger 24/7/365 as there is nothing worse than a dead battery when you need it most.... That being said my bike stays plugged in to the wall while I'm gone.
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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2012, 10:40:53 pm »
Well, 24 hours later and the battery would not take a charge. I did some investigating and found that it was purchased 4/11/12. I returned it to Autozone where they attempted to charge it as well and then told me it was "no good". The warranty was for 90 days. Just two days out of warranty and they wont give me a new one! This is why I don't shop at Autozone! Ill speak to the manager tomorrow and see if I can change his mind but Im a little skeptical about there batteries at this point.

 I also have aux lights that are ALWAYS on for safety sake.

I'm hoping I just got a CRAP battery!  I'm still puzzled how it would work fine and then die so suddenly! Are there any other systems that I should look at that could fail and kill a battery or do you think its just a case of cheap battery/bad luck?

 Thanks again! Ride safe

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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2012, 11:16:58 pm »
  I had a battery go dead in my driveway. Bike started fine. Rode 10 miles home and shut it off in the drive. Went to start it again a couple of minutes later and stone cold dead. Not even any dash lights. Did a jumpstart which was fine but the battery was toast. New battery time. Had a couple of car batteries do the same thing.
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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2012, 03:48:25 am »
or do you think its just a case of cheap battery/bad luck?

I had the factory suppied battery go bad just 6 weeks after purchasing the bike; this is after spending 4 of the 6 weeks hooked up to a battery tender. Bike was put away for 4 weeks while I was at work come home and unplug bike from the battery tender and nada battery was tits up...
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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2012, 08:52:01 am »
Everything always works great before it doesnt anymore. 
I had two cars with new batteries purchased from SAM's the same day. Two years later  a few friends of mine were caught riding motorcycles in a heavy down pour. We got dried off and changed into dry clothes and decided to go out for a few drinks. Got in one car-dead battery, got in the other car - another dead battery. Both batteries died the same day exactly 2 years after they were purchased and right when warranty had just ran out. Go figure!
  I run Optima batteries now.
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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2012, 09:50:12 pm »
Ok, Autozone made good and gave me a new battery. Installed the battery after filling with supplied electrolyte charged it for an hour per instructions. started the bike and let it warm to running temp. and took readings with a volt meter. Readings as follows:

Warm and running at idle 1050 RPM 14.12 to 14.14
Rev to 3500 RPM reading drops to 14.12 and holds
Not running and warm immediately after shutting off 12.72

Above readings are with aux lights off/reading with lights on at idle 13.96 if memory serves.

 Good to go? Or go do more?

 Thanks again!!

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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2012, 11:23:33 pm »

Warm and running at idle 1050 RPM 14.12 to 14.14
Rev to 3500 RPM reading drops to 14.12 and holds
Not running and warm immediately after shutting off 12.72


Sounds good.
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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2012, 09:25:34 am »
I started my bike up one morning to let it warm up, i shut it off to run in the house to grab my sun shades and came back out and turned the key on hit the switch and nothing, NOTHING at all, battery's can die fast without warning, yet some times a battery can give you a heads up with a few slower then normal crankings but its hard tell if your bike starts quick and easy.


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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2012, 10:33:07 pm »
Thank you friends!
 All seems well with the new battery :chugbeer:
I see Optima in my future 8)