You CAN push start a 'Strom... Battery question
So the other day, I get geared up to go home from work and try to start my K7 Wee. Do the usual routine, key, kill switch, kickstand, clutch, and... nothing. No oil-pressure light, no starter. First thought is the various switches, clutch, kickstand, work the kill switch. All ok. Got off the bike and checked the lights with the ignition on and had only a faint glow from the headlights. Battery, of course. Maybe I accidently left the parking light on? Never did it before. No one else around, and I didn't have my Slime compressor with the jumper cable with me, so I pushed the bike up one level in the parking structure (whew, major workout!) and bump started it in 2nd gear on the roll down. Fortunately it worked, and I was able to keep it revved up on the way home. Seemed to take and keep a charge,as it started ok the next day.
Decided to top-off the charge, so I disconnected the battery and hooked it up to a charger that had two settings: 10 amp quick charge and a 2 amp trickle charge. At 10 amps, the charger immediately pegged the charge meter and backed off to zero. It did this several times, like it was trying to charge a short circuit. Figured this wasn't good, so I put the charger on 2 amp trickle charge. This seemed ok, and after 4 or 5 hours, it was showing no further charging activity, indicating a full charge. Reconnected the battery and started the bike fine. Lights seemed brighter than before the problem, and the starter spun right up.
Because of the unusual charger behavior, I'm concerned about the battery condition. My bike is 3 years old and has 10,400 miles on it. I have ridden it fairly regularly in the last year and a half, mostly freeway commuting, and it has not sat through any winter hibernation (hey, this is LA, year-round riding). Should I be concerned about my battery?
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