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Old July 6th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #1
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Family member moved my motorcycle, but left the key in the ON position. On this bike (and probably most bikes) that means the rear plate light, running tail light, and headlight were on for about 5-7 hours w/o running.

Tried to start it up to put it in the garage, and it was completely dead, nothin. Ok, so I push it in, and leave it until I can deal with it.

I didn't feel comfortable risking the electrical system with my car battery (read something about the amps frying stuff) so I started rolling down the driveway and popped the clutch. Worked like a charm, except while giving it gas to pull a U-E in the street, I noticed my engine temp gauge (previous owner put this on) backlight would only come on when I wasn't hitting the gas... and it would blink on/off with the turn signal.

Go to ride the bike around for a while to recharge it like I've done half a dozen times with my malibu which always works...Ride for about an hour with no success, but now, everything is on full brightness (headlight, speedo, temp) only when I'm in 5th going 35 or hitting the brakes (or just triggering the brake light) and everything dims or flickers when I use the throttle, my turn signals even blink faster.

So I park it on a very steep business driveway, and shut it off, within 2 seconds of hitting the kill switch the headlight goes out. Try and hit the starter, and the gauges and such kinda glow, but don't light up barely. Dead again... get rollin, pop the clutch, and off I go again...same issues.



I just bought the bike, and although the previous owner was a mechanic, bike builder, and good friend, he died shortly before I purchased it, so I can't ask him whether or not its the original battery. I have the battery half of the tender, but not the wall half so I can't do that. I know they kept it on the tender all winter, and it cranked right up when I bought it about 2-3 months ago when I helped his wife pull it out of storage.. If it is the original battery, I read that 3 years is the avg life....so 4-5 sounds about right..

Can the alternator even charge a dead battery or is it different for motorcycles?


How much does a battery usually go for?
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Old July 6th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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Sounds like the battery's garbage. The alternator's on the bike for the same reason a car has one.
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Sounds like the battery's garbage. The alternator's on the bike for the same reason a car has one.
Thats what I figured....so its normal for the electronics to suffer as rpms go up?


I'll take the battery/tender into stevens tomorrow to see what they think and pick up a new battery...
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Alternators are just like car alternators, they are meant to maintain your battery, not charge it, it is especially bad on motorcycles. Pull the batter and charge it for a few hours, then take it to your local parts store and have them test it.
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Charged it for 20 hours w/o any increase whatsoever. Went to stevens motorsport in midland, they said cheapest they could get was $66 despite their site saying $33. Went to bay city, store owner agreed to lower price down to 33, and since its maint free he filled it for me while I looked at new bikes with family.

Charged for 12 hours, rode bike today and all is well!

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is the "motorcycle maintainer" at walmart a battery tender? It has the m/f connector like the tender adapter on the bike already, but only has "on" "charging" and "charged" with no sort of switches or anything.
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Yes it is a battery maintainer, and it is automatic, you plug it in it is on until the battery is fully charged.
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Yes it is a battery maintainer, and it is automatic, you plug it in it is on until the battery is fully charged.
But is this the sort of thing you can leave the bike plugged into the entire winter?
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