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post #1 of 10 Old 11-10-2010, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Battery or Something Else

06 Wee, original battery. Always started with no issues. A few days ago I noticed a hesitation before it started up. Today after riding and stopping, when I went to restart it same problem, meaning start up is normal until I hit the start button, then it hesitated a beat and then turned over. Sounds like battery, start switch wiring, other?

Also the clock has been a running a few minutes behind even after resetting it to the correct time, but never more than a few minutes?

What do I check first? I once had a complete battery failure 4 miles from home w/o a cell phone. It was about 100 degrees and humid, nice long walk

Probably just just replace the battery anyway. any recommendations?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-11-2010, 08:33 AM
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Sounds like the battery but check that the connections at the battery are clean & tight.
You'll need a voltmeter to measure the battery voltage if you really want to be sure.
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Have it load tested. Many auto parts stores can do it.

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Four years is pretty damn good for a motorcycle battery.

Make sure your charging system is up to snuff before condemning the battery, though.

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Yeah, load testing it is tomorrow. Been Hi 70's low 80's dry and sunny last couple of weeks

BTW what should the running voltage be versus the sitting voltage. just to see.

I can search for recommended replacements or someone can let me know. I don't have a charger so where can I get one fully charged ready to go?
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Finally had time to check it out, the negative terminal connection was loose.

Had it load tested anyway, tested good, except the charge was at only 80%. I was told it just needs to be charged.

I never did that, living in Florida and riding year round, didn't think I needed to, please enlighten me.

It's the original battery, should it be trickle charged a few times a year, or what??

Thanks
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Finally had time to check it out, the negative terminal connection was loose.

Had it load tested anyway, tested good, except the charge was at only 80%. I was told it just needs to be charged.

I never did that, living in Florida and riding year round, didn't think I needed to, please enlighten me.

It's the original battery, should it be trickle charged a few times a year, or what??

Thanks
Someone just described the battery situation very well on another tread. Basically just puttering around town doesn't always keep your battery at full charge where it likes to be, so it's good to put on a good automatic trickle charger. If you do a search and you'll see it explained in detail.

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06 Wee, original battery. Always started with no issues. A few days ago I noticed a hesitation before it started up. Today after riding and stopping, when I went to restart it same problem, meaning start up is normal until I hit the start button, then it hesitated a beat and then turned over. Sounds like battery, start switch wiring, other?

Also the clock has been a running a few minutes behind even after resetting it to the correct time, but never more than a few minutes?

What do I check first? I once had a complete battery failure 4 miles from home w/o a cell phone. It was about 100 degrees and humid, nice long walk

Probably just just replace the battery anyway. any recommendations?
bluestravellor did the good writeup on the "have I flattened my battery....." thread.

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Finally had time to check it out, the negative terminal connection was loose.

Had it load tested anyway, tested good, except the charge was at only 80%. I was told it just needs to be charged.

I never did that, living in Florida and riding year round, didn't think I needed to, please enlighten me.

It's the original battery, should it be trickle charged a few times a year, or what??

Thanks
Don't bother trickle charging if you ride it regularly year round. The battery is very likely toast if its acting like that and besides......they're cheap to replace every four years or whenever they are acting weak.

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Your issue was a loose ground connection, not the battery. You're a daily rider, the battery will be fine.

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