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Bike dies randomly - August 23, 2007, 12:56 PM

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Battery is slowly losing juice.

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Well, I bought my bike in February and am pretty sure the battery was new. It didn't get used much until I passed my MSF at the end of April. I never had a problem starting it. I even bought a trickle charger and hooked it up and it was always fully charged as soon as I hooked it up so I never used it.


Twice the bike has died on me after riding and turning it off.

Once I was at a gas station and turned it off for 5 minutes.

The most recent time I rode to Dubplaya's house. I was there about 3 hours and when I went to leave it was dead. So Dub pop started it and I put it on the trickle charger when I got home. It has been fine ever since (~2 weeks) but I can tell it is losing cranking power by the way it sounds when it starts.



The bike is running a hotbodies undertail with LEDs and LED front turns. Those are the only electrical mods.

Ideas? It is more an annoyance at this point but I'd like to fix it.


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August 23, 2007, 01:57 PM

The first thing that I would check is to see if the battery connections are tight.
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August 23, 2007, 02:07 PM

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The first thing that I would check is to see if the battery connections are tight.
BTDT already.


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August 24, 2007, 11:30 AM

UPDATE:

Yesterday when I got home and turned the bike off to unlock the trunk for the garage door opener the bike wouldn't start back up. Go figure!

So, I unhooked the battery contacts and noticed that the metal was oxidized. I sanded them down and put it on the trickle charger. I will check on it today and see if that helped at all. I am also going to try and use some of the tests in the service manual (Thanks Norm )


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August 24, 2007, 11:37 AM

(battery wasn't new) probably new one needed :/

i talked to ED yesterday.


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(battery wasn't new) probably new one needed :/

i talked to ED yesterday.
Ok then. Problem solved! (perhaps)

Thanks Dub!


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August 24, 2007, 12:36 PM

Another note, if you don't have a sealed battery check the fluid levels. If those get low, your battery may have a "full charge" but with half the fluid, it's not much of one. If your fluid levels are low, pop off the little corks and add water to the fill line. Trickle charge.


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Another note, if you don't have a sealed battery check the fluid levels. If those get low, your battery may have a "full charge" but with half the fluid, it's not much of one. If your fluid levels are low, pop off the little corks and add water to the fill line. Trickle charge.
Thanks Sara. I will check that before dropping $$$ on a new battery.


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