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post #1 of 24 Old 04-11-2018, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Should I replace battery

Just brought my bike in for inspection, and asked the dealer to replace the battery. It was removed from the bike and load tested. The dealer said the battery was still good. I told them that if the battery dies in Ontario this summer at NEVA 18, I will make them come and get me. The bike is a '14 1000, so the battery is in its' 5th year of service. Always on a battery tender over the winter. I am wondering if I should replace the battery regardless. What say you?
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Id keep it, have you had any problems with weak starts or voltage issues while riding? Worst case, we do sell batteries in Canada hey!

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It has certainly done its job. While I have had batteries last longer, I have had many that did not! If I were going to keep the bike, and had some spare change to buy the battery, it will give some peace of mind.

That said, I have had brand new batteries that failed within one year. Dead when trying to start after work, started just fine that morning. Internal failure of some sort.
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Imagine how hard you would kick yourself if the battery faltered on your road trip.
A new battery is generally good for everything. Including peace of mind.

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Yah, the hundred bucks for a new battery isn't a killer. Besides, it the new battery dies, you'll get another new one for your bother!
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Maybe check in advance with some local shops along your planned route to see if they stock the battery you might need. AGM batteries like the ETX12 are filled, fully sealed, and ready for installation with no charging required, making it an easy swap on the road.

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Replace it while you are in the US, you will pay more in Canada even with the favorable exchange rate.
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January '17 I bought my leftover '14 Vstrom1000. 1st thing I told them was I wont even consider buying the bike unless they replace the battery with a new oem replacement. If Inhad bought the bike new in '14 it would naturally have a new battery. I told them I expected no less. They agreed, and warrantied a new battery.

My 3 bikes are always on a Battery Tender Plus. I got 8 years on my ZRX battery the 1st time, 7 and a half the 2nd time. And even then, they had just started cranking slower than what I was used to. But a hunderd miles away from home out in the country twisties, a dead battery would not leave me amused.

These days, I keep a mini-jump box, about the size of an eyeglasses case, in the bike. $45-75, I have 2 of them and it has gotten other riders out of a jam.
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Maybe check in advance with some local shops along your planned route to see if they stock the battery you might need. AGM batteries like the ETX12 are filled, fully sealed, and ready for installation with no charging required, making it an easy swap on the road.
They should not be prefilled when delivered to the dealer. They do need to sit for a little while after filling and then need a partial charge.

Ive never heard of anyone checking for spare parts along their route (maybe if you drive a Ural?) other than pre ordering tires. Would you check ahead for throttle cables, sprockets, or clutch levers? FedEx will overnight almost anything to most places in NA.

If it starts fine and does not feel slow to turn over and its been tested good, then just ride. Sometimes things break down on the road and we just deal with it. If you need to plan for every failure then maybe it's just safer to stay home. I've had batteries last 2 years, others 10.

You're much more likely to discharge the battery accidentally or have a flat than have a battery fail.



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They should not be prefilled when delivered to the dealer. They do need to sit for a little while after filling and then need a partial charge.

Ive never heard of anyone checking for spare parts along their route (maybe if you drive a Ural?) other than pre ordering tires. Would you check ahead for throttle cables, sprockets, or clutch levers? FedEx will overnight almost anything to most places in NA.

If it starts fine and does not feel slow to turn over and its been tested good, then just ride. Sometimes things break down on the road and we just deal with it. If you need to plan for every failure then maybe it's just safer to stay home. I've had batteries last 2 years, others 10.

You're much more likely to discharge the battery accidentally or have a flat than have a battery fail.


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