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post #1 of 5 Old 07-10-2016, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Battery from HERO to ZERO 3 seconds!

Hey guys

Just thought I'd share what happened today...

Ok so its winter here in SA now.. This morning I got on my V-Strom and rode to the barber, it wa early and so when I got there he was still closed. I switched ofg the ignition, and waited for him to open.

Not even a minute later he opened the gate so I switched on the ignition, pulled the clutch, pressed the starter button, and held it in a slit second NOT long enought for the motor to start and it made that almost start and stall noise effect.. You know what I mean, ok so its fine, just pull the clutch and start again right? Well wrong... Pressed the start button again and the starter barely kiicked in for a milisecond and even the dails went stuck hal way! And it was DEAD!!! Nothing helped... Not turning the key, nothing...

So I pushed the bike in and went and got my haircut while trying to think WTF just happened....

After my haircut I got back on the bike, and still nothing... So I thought ok... Fuses... Checked all that.. Nothing wrong there... Checked everywhere... Nothing seemed wrong...

Long story short... I ended up using a piece of wire to short out the battery terminals to see if the battery had any power... NOTHING! No power... Not even lights WTF !!! It never gave me ANY warning of failure at all... Not even one difficult start or anything... It always cranked over strong and good...

Got home and took out the battery, and noticed it a bit swolen on the one side, closest to the positive if I remember correctly...

Now, how does this happen!? I mean its a battery thats not even a year old... Mmm.... Now I have to go buy another battery... Its almost as if i just short circuited inside instantly when I cranked it.. Very wierd.. Oh and the wierdest of all is it still shows 12,4V when I check with multi meter ahhhaha... But as soon as I connect anything to it, it drops to below 2v... Lol... Oh and yes I did test with another battery, the bike starts and runs fine...

Anything like this ever struck any of you?

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-10-2016, 08:35 PM
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Yes, It is very common for motorcycle batteries to fail with out warning. All the moto batteries that have failed on me have failed just that way. One min. they work the next they don't. Internal opens.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-10-2016, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, It is very common for motorcycle batteries to fail with out warning. All the moto batteries that have failed on me have failed just that way. One min. they work the next they don't. Internal opens.
That just freakin sux lol. Thanks for the reply mate

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-11-2016, 11:45 AM
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SBD, Sudden battery death, it's a plague on several forums.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-13-2016, 01:46 AM
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I'm not a battery expert, but it seems that sudden death is a trait of AGM batteries. Especially some of the cheaper knock off brands. Still, I'm a fan of them for bike use. They can last a crazy long time. I have an 11 or 12 year old Panasonic AGM battery in storage from my Beemer airhead days, that still holds a full charge. I top it off twice a year. A year old battery going dead is bad stuff.

Now if you want really crazy problems, get a real gell battery!
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