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post #1 of 33 Old 07-20-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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replacement battery

Just called my Suzuki dealer and found out that I have to bring my bike, with a dead battery, in to be checked out.
Too much hassle. What battery would you recommend for the new 650 V-Strom?

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post #2 of 33 Old 07-20-2012, 12:00 PM
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The easiest one for you to obtain with the best warranty.

A good but dead battery can be recharged. A defective battery on a new bike is possible but rare.

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If it were my bike under warranty, I'd like the dealer to check out the charging system, the wiring and fuses, etc. It's free and could save you a lot more hassle down the road.

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Purchased my wee, 2011 model in Feb, Wasn't to long after that, my battery left me pushing. The dealer did take a while, for they had to charge the battery, then test. THEN, when they called suzuki, the questions was like, what type of charger? did you use this type of charge mode? So, it took a few days more, for they had to order the special battery from suzuki, could not use any off the shelf. Now that it's over, works great. For me, I was not riding the the bike and I use my pickup to drop it off.
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I suggest Yuasa YTX12-BS. It can be shipped dry to your door from Amazon for $67. This assumes you are OK prepping a battery (easy) and you have a charger that will operate at 2A or less. It comes with instructions.


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Just called my Suzuki dealer and found out that I have to bring my bike, with a dead battery, in to be checked out.
Too much hassle. What battery would you recommend for the new 650 V-Strom?
My experience: AGM Battery

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My experience: AGM Battery
+1 on the AGM recommendation. I replaced the dead battery on my Yamaha Virago with an AGM a few months before I got my Wee, and it had ~20AH more than the original battery in about the same size. I didn't know that bike could start that quickly.

Be warned, though: "new" isn't the same as "working", so don't start looking for other problems just because you've put in a new one. The first battery I got from AutoZone wouldn't hold a charge, and it took me a couple of hours of scratching my head and doing all kinds of pointless tests to believe it.

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thanks!!

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Before doing anything else, tighten the battery cable connections. I had a dead bike a few days after buying it and tightening the connections, which weren't noticeably loose, fixed things completely.

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Before doing anything else, tighten the battery cable connections. I had a dead bike a few days after buying it and tightening the connections, which weren't noticeably loose, fixed things completely.
Excellent advice, that (as greywolf's usually is.) I ran across it when I helped a friend fix a long-standing charging problem on his boat - he wasn't using that much juice for his house loads, but had to run his engine for 6 hours a day to keep up. One of the battery clamps wasn't noticeably loose - you couldn't turn it by hand - but had a 0.3V drop across it (the difference between a half-charged battery and a fully-charged one.) I tightened it, and he went from 6 hours down to 2.

I've got almost 40 years of playing and working with electricity, and hadn't realized that a big lead clamp on a big lead post, clamped tight enough that it couldn't be moved and visually clean, could make that poor of a connection. Score one more for the gremlins.

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