Riding on an almost dead battery.
So here's the situation. My wife and I are on a trip around lake Huron on our v-strom 650s. Her's is a 13, mine is a 13. We are taking a break from camping and staying at a b&b.
Today as we started back to the b&b after dinner, her bike would not start. With the help of the restaurant owner we got it to start with a jump. The dash acted crazy, on and off, rpms jumping, ect, then it quit.
So we swapped the batteries between our bikes, her's stated fine, mine needed a jump to start. I kept the rpms high and limped back to the b&b. All the way the dash acting all crazy.
Luckily the b&b owner is a retired electrician. With a multimeter we found her bike to go up to 14+ volts when reving past 3k. So her bike is changing.
My bike is on a charger, but won't change past 70%.
So it's pretty obvious that the battery that was once in her bike, now mine is dead. The closest place that would sell a bike battery is about an hour away. We are trying to stick to a schedule and need to leave the b&b tomorrow morning.
So here's the big question.
Is it safe to ride the bike for an hour limping along on a close to dead battery?
Or should I just ride out first thing, get a battery and come back?
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2012 v-strom 650
2013 v-strom 650 (wife's)
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