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post #1 of 33 Old 04-09-2008, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Park Mode, my Mortal Enemy

God I hate Park. For the third time I left my Wee in my parking lot in that damn mode without realizing it (if it's daytime, only way I'd notice is if I stick my face right in front of the brakelight).

This time however I burned my battery all-the-way out. It's sitting in my apartment now on my trickle charger. Does having it totally drain screw up it's life, as opposed to having a partly charged battery left?

I wish I could mechanical disable Park mode, but I think that's just playing with fire, who knows what I'd screw up.
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God I hate Park. For the third time I left my Wee in my parking lot in that damn mode without realizing it (if it's daytime, only way I'd notice is if I stick my face right in front of the brakelight).

This time however I burned my battery all-the-way out. It's sitting in my apartment now on my trickle charger. Does having it totally drain screw up it's life, as opposed to having a partly charged battery left?

I wish I could mechanical disable Park mode, but I think that's just playing with fire, who knows what I'd screw up.
You could always remove the tail light bulbs...




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...This time however I burned my battery all-the-way out. It's sitting in my apartment now on my trickle charger. Does having it totally drain screw up it's life, as opposed to having a partly charged battery left?
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If this were a NmH or LIon I would say that absolutely its bad on battery life to drain it completely dead, but I think this is an SLA battery, so I'm going to have to go with maybe. In general I'd say its a bad idea to drain a battery completely, but if my memory serves, SLA is considerably more forgiving than the newfangled battery types.

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All three bikes I have owned have the parking light. After draining the battery a couple of times I got in the habit of turning the key purposefully to park and then back to ensure that I donít accidently leave it on.

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After draining the battery a couple of times I got in the habit of turning the key purposefully to park and then back to ensure that I donít accidently leave it on.
Yeah, that's one way to deal with it -- easier than dealing with a dead battery.

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I had a new klr650,and the battery was completly discharged and it would not come back up.

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I replaced my tail lights with LEDs, I can leave them on all day and no problem starting.
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You'll be fine. It's no problem to fully discharge and recharge. It's bad to leave in a fully discharged state for a long period of time as then it's tougher to drive the Lead Sufate off the plates. As long as you fully charge with the trickle charger you'll be fine.

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Common battery industry thinking is that a battery has about 3 complete discharges in it then it's time for a new one.

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Common battery industry thinking is that a battery has about 3 complete discharges in it then it's time for a new one.
That's exactly what happened to my battery; after the third time it just wouldn't take a charge. Since it was already 3 years old I figured I just get a new one instead of trying to recover it.

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