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post #31 of 34 Old 10-14-2017, 10:27 AM
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Batteries typically last 3 to 5 years depending on how much you ride and if you periodically put it in a charger. If the original battery just get a new one. I've gone 3 years and up to 7 years. My '09 650 battery just went two week ago. Bad battery and loose corroded terminals. I have to give a thumbs up for the battery I got at O'Reilly's. The terminal screws were long enough to accommodate my additional accessories and MOSFET. Anyway I think I had a bad cell. It would start cold but after running it would not restart. I stalled it on he way to work and it would not start. That is when I saw the terminals were loose and one slightly corroded. Then on the way home stopped for gas and it would not start. Jumped both times. Now I have a new battery and Antigravity Miscrostart Micro. Vstroms send messages. ONe just ahs to listen.

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post #32 of 34 Old 10-14-2017, 10:56 AM
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I probably should clarify that I never put my bikes on a battery tender, but I do ride them year round. I like the idea of a battery tender and those that use them report better battery life than teh four years I generally get. It's just a matter of convenience for me.
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post #33 of 34 Old 10-14-2017, 11:41 AM
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I ride every day but have too many bikes so one may set a week sometimes. Never put one on a tender .My 011 Wee still has the factory battery and over 59,000. The most miles I ever put on one was my new 01 Nomad. Put over 82,000 on it but a little less than four years old I sold it. Saw the guy sold to a year later and still same one but he had only put around 2,000 more miles on it. I think the more shak'in going on the worse life. Most my old unbalanced and no rubber mount Harleys needed one between one and two years.
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post #34 of 34 Old 10-15-2017, 04:01 PM
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Fit a volt meter and load test your battery while in the bike before every ride to give you confidence.

My 09 Wee still has the original battery but we get to ride all year round down here.

Original equipment batteries tend to last more than twice as long as a aftermarket one in cars and bikes.

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