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Average Life Span of 2005 and up OEM Batteries

My bike just turned two and I was wondering what the experience has been with batteries on the 2005 and up bikes. I would just as soon replace it when it is getting close to life span rather than finding out the hard way when on a trip. How long do the OEMs usually last?

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Re: Average Life Span of 2005 and up OEM Batteries

I have a '99 model; I expect them to last anywhere from 24-months to 2-years. Battery tender has helped maintain a full charge and I recommend one if you don't already use one.

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I have a 3 year old battery in my 2000 LT and have had zero problems with it. I bought it from the My local BMW dealer.

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I have a 2006 model and still has the OEM battery. I have a battery tender.
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I have a 2000 and in the last 8 years each battery has lasted almost exactly 3 years. My KTM battery died a month after it turned 3.

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Re: Average Life Span of 2005 and up OEM Batteries

My '04 GSA still has the original battery. Tests out ok and the bike starts fine.
Battery tender off and on over the winter.
My '02 LT battery was replaced in '06 I think...........

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My 05 purchased in Sept 05 still has original. used tender and started right up for this season

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Mine (bought new in Dec 05) now has 54,000+......still has the OEM battery. Only put on charger when there's ice/snow on the road......maybe 2-6 weeks out of the year at most. Awesome machine.

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Re: Average Life Span of 2005 and up OEM Batteries

My batteries on all my bikes have lasted just about 5 years. I never let them die, and I think thats why they tend to last longer for me.

I've never heard of a motorcycle battery lasting more than 5 years.

I see it varies a lot depending on how you maintain the battery, therefore I wouldn't replace it until it goes bad. Just wait until it doesn't crank as hard when you start her up.
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Re: Average Life Span of 2005 and up OEM Batteries

I have an 03 with the original battery.
I leave it in throughout winter in Michigan with a battery tender
and so far, all is well. I am going to watch it close this year and
may replace it just to be safe.
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Re: Average Life Span of 2005 and up OEM Batteries

My 05, bought in June of 04, still on the original battery and never on a tender. I did have to charge it once when I had not ridden it for 6 weeks.

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Original battery.. 9 mos.
Battery 2... 3 days
Battery 3... 2.5 years
Battery4... 2 months... and counting.

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Part 1:
Bought my '05 in July w/ a SUPPOSEDLY new battery that seemed to randomly go flat while bike was parked, sometimes in maybe a short week, or maybe a month.
Load test at Honda dealer confirmed battery OK.
Ride bike 1 hour home and battery might be dead after bike sits 2 days, or it may be fine yet after 2-3 weeks of no use. Either way after a few minutes of couple amps of charging it's ready to crank.
Assume something is pulling off the battery while bike sits. But at RANDOM???? To the best of my knowledge all security alarms and auto locks are disabled. (But once I thought I saw a quick blip of a small red light on the right side of inst. panel once when I walked by, but after standing there for some time I chalked it up to imagination!)
Before I replace the battery I'd like to determine what if anything seems to be pulling from the battery while the bike is sleeping.
Part 2:
I need a new battery and am open for recommendations / experiences / prices on ANY brand.
Seems like I read praises about the Odyssey. Anyone familiar w/ that one? Before I go and take measurements, it looks like the PC 680 is my choice, then if so do I need to get the Post Adapter as well? (and the word "Adapter" was printed just like that (singular), I would hope @ $15 that means you get TWO pieces, which would include one for each post!)
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Heat kills batteries.

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I've had my year 2000 LT since 2005 - the OEM battery died last month - have no idea if it was original or a replacement - assume the latter making it's life span 4 years. I replaced it with the Oddessy 680 - comes with 10 year gaurantee - the terminal adapters were not required, though i needed to cut down the bolts off the old battery as they were too long as the new battery has the type of terminals that you secure the cabels 'down' into - and the negative cable had a right angle connectiion. Simply straightening this cured the need for any adapter.
I used a battery tender to maintain the OEM battery all the time, but despite that, any draw upon it without the bike running drained it to the point the bike wouldn't turn over - and I'm talking about the hazard lights being on for about 5 minutes - that was the point that the decision was made re the battery change.

I had to mail order the battery in the UK as local stockists hadn't even heard of it and couldn't find it in their catalogues!

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Part 1:
Bought my '05 in July w/ a SUPPOSEDLY new battery that seemed to randomly go flat while bike was parked, sometimes in maybe a short week, or maybe a month.
Load test at Honda dealer confirmed battery OK.
Ride bike 1 hour home and battery might be dead after bike sits 2 days, or it may be fine yet after 2-3 weeks of no use. Either way after a few minutes of couple amps of charging it's ready to crank.
Assume something is pulling off the battery while bike sits. But at RANDOM???? To the best of my knowledge all security alarms and auto locks are disabled. (But once I thought I saw a quick blip of a small red light on the right side of inst. panel once when I walked by, but after standing there for some time I chalked it up to imagination!)
Before I replace the battery I'd like to determine what if anything seems to be pulling from the battery while the bike is sleeping.
Part 2:
I need a new battery and am open for recommendations / experiences / prices on ANY brand.
Seems like I read praises about the Odyssey. Anyone familiar w/ that one? Before I go and take measurements, it looks like the PC 680 is my choice, then if so do I need to get the Post Adapter as well? (and the word "Adapter" was printed just like that (singular), I would hope @ $15 that means you get TWO pieces, which would include one for each post!)
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I have just replaced my original BMW Gel battery, bike first on road april 2003, has done 37000 miles, reason for changing, after being parked at an airport for over 4 weeks in winter it only just fired up as cranking was slow, apart from that battery has been fine.
When i removed the battery i noticed a sticker, it stated battery not to be fitted after 2005, so in theory, i could buy a new bike with a new battery that could already be 2 to 3 years old, would that have a bearing on battery life????.
I have a Garmin quest, autocom, aftermarket alarm imobiliser & use the heated grips & seats if its cold, i have run the battery flat on countless occasions when doing my own maintenance, basically because i did not pull the headlight fuse, i have used standard battery charger & have never used a battery tender.
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I have a '99 model; I expect them to last anywhere from 24-months to 2-years. Battery tender has helped maintain a full charge and I recommend one if you don't already use one.
I was just wonderin' how many months are in 2 years

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I just got one of these http://www.batterystuff.com/batterie...T51913-22.html for my '06 and it fit right in, no adapters required. See posts in the batteries forum.

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I was just wonderin' how many months are in 2 years
Uh, 6??

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Uh, 6??
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I have a 2002 with the OEM no problems yet. 110K miles. Jim
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I have an 05 and mine just went.
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I have a 05 with the original battery and 62K miles. Never on a tender until this past December when Santa brought me another bike to share the miles and smiles.

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April 2005 LT with original gel battery.

Bike is used 2 weekends a month and maybe an occasional long trip.

When not in use connected to a BMW tender.

Planning to install a new battery this year.
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2003 LT, original battery. Replacing later this year, just to be safe. Always on a Battery Tender when not riding. Seems to pay off.
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