Posted February 19, 2008 - 11:04 PM
Tonight I went out and bought a battery tender (not that brand, but a similar brand). I hooked it up to the bike and let it charge. After about 5min of charging it said the battery was charged. I confirmed with a multimeter and it was at 12.87v. I hit the e-start and only got 2-3 cranks and then clicks. I tested with the multimeter and it showed 12.6v. Then I hooked up the multimeter to the battery and hit the e-start... the battery goes to ~0volts as it attempts to start. Funny thing is, when you let the battery sit for a minute or so it goes back up to 12.6v. Try to start it off the 12.6v and it only clicks.
You think I need a new battery?
If not, any ideas?
Posted February 19, 2008 - 11:56 PM
you got a battery buddie now go spend the money and get a new battery, it sux but whatever... do it then get to riding...... RIDE SAFE...... and don't foget to turn the key off.... lol
Posted February 20, 2008 - 07:43 AM
Posted February 20, 2008 - 08:18 AM
It's the original battery. The bike has 200 miles on it since being bought in 05. So it sat a lot with the previous owner. I'm going to check the water level and check prices on a new battery.
Posted February 20, 2008 - 11:41 AM
My wife's bike sat for the closer part of a year right before she bought it, it just barely started the day we bought it, she rode it a lot for about a week with no problems, then it sat for 2 weeks while we were away and the next time she went to use it it was dead, now, I can charge it and it'll start fine, but anything beyond a week and the battery is near dead - it also cranks slower and slower.
Come spring she's getting a new battery, already picked up the tender.
Posted February 20, 2008 - 12:56 PM
Posted February 20, 2008 - 02:58 PM
Is there a "light" version of this battery or do you have to buy the stock one?
check with your local battery guy and he can probably order you one much cheaper than the dealer
Posted February 20, 2008 - 03:17 PM
Posted February 20, 2008 - 09:09 PM