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post #1 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dead battery on 2015 Vstrom 650...

I just bought this bike a couple of weeks ago w/ <2100 miles. Been riding it any chance I get with no issues. Then I come out of work tonight & it is totally dead! Got a jump start, road it home, turned it off & it started right back up.
My 1st thought is that it's probably a 5 year old battery. Any ideas from you all?
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 08:46 PM
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Possibly left the bike with the parking lights on. This happens when you turn the key all the way left. You wouldn't be the first.
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 08:47 PM
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First thing I thought of, is that you turned the key one notch past off to aux, leaving the system energized. results, dead battery. Beyond that, check connections, electrolyte level. Use a volt meter check the voltage fully charged resting and under cranking load. Might tell you if the battery is weak or going.

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post #4 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 11:57 PM
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If it start it right after the ride I would agree with guys above. And no there is nothing wrong with 4 years old battery.
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 02:11 AM
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I always turn my key fully to the left then back one click.

Its now a habit and I never leave the parkers on that way.

Still could be the battery but it's far far more likely the parkers were left on.

I only expect about 3 years from a aftermarket battery but I expect 8 years or more from a original battery. (cars too)

My old 2009 Wee is still on it's original battery and so is my 2014 V2.

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 08:26 AM
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Load test it. If the battery voltage drops more than 2-3 V when you turn the key on with lights, it's probably bad.

I'd wait until it's officially dead before you get a new one. Unless you are rich and can just get a new one.

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 08:56 AM
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A load test would be a good idea, Batteries Plus or other places may do that for you. The parking lights is a possibility, but I guess I'm the oddball here. I picked up a 2014 recently with what I'm sure is the original battery, also with low miles and will be replacing the battery this weekend. I leave on a 10 day trip in a couple weeks, and will spend the $$ now to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere. I consider 5 years on a battery to be a good time to change it out, at about $20 / year, that's affordable peace of mind.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 09:27 AM
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Batteries like to be used, the worst thing for them is to sit and not be cycled. That battery is about 5 years old, and with the low miles has done a lot of sitting. I'd just replace it.


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There are some decent low priced batteries showing up on Amazon these days. the absolute cheapest are not reliable, but some about half the price of the most expensive are just as good. Read the reviews. I seem to never get more than 4 years out of a battery stock or otherwise, but battery maintenance is not my thing. If it were they would no doubt last longer.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 10:53 AM
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Dead battery on 2015 Vstrom 650...

My battery was a new OEM installed in my 2015 when I bought it at the end of 2016. Died late last year so 2 years. Powersports batteries have a tough life.

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