Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Peoria , Illinois, USA
FWIW, I just bought my bike, and it has the BMW Gel, probably OEM battery. It also, will hold a charge, and if they test it as voltage, mine is showing 13.45volts. However, it is DEAD as a Doornail. I just bought the bike, and had to Jump start it to take it on a test drive.
I then trailered it home(Had my 4yo with me...Cmon guys, I KNOW BMWs aren't meant to be trailered. Every time I looked in rearview, I could see her chewing on her straps).
When I got home, I put it on a charger and reconditioned it. Desulfered..or something to that effect. It held a charge and looked good. Well, then I reinstalled it in the bike and it cranked right up. I took it for a drive, and went to put some gas in her, and then I went to start her up....and NOTHING!!!!
I got another jump, rode to the PD worked my shift, and I had stopped back by the house and got the battery tender and stuffed it in the sidecase. I left it plugged in while on duty. Then when I left to come home, it cranked up. I stopped for a bite to eat KNOWING I was going to get a jump from a fellow officer on duty. But she cranked back up on her own. Then drove it the 1hr ride home. Once home, parked her in the garage, shut her off, and then turned her back on and and just dash lights....not enough to even have her turn over.
So, to answer your question. As long as you do not have anything aftermarket that is on a constant "hot" wire that you left on and she rode fine with the jump, I would say Yes, it is just the battery. I ordered a new WestCo AGM(not gel as I have learned on the site). It was supposed to be here last week, but didn't make it. So, Mon or Tues I am told now.
So, when you KNOW you need a jump and you refuse to stay parked due to it, like today. I jumped it from a jump pack, and then took off for a jaunt around Colorado Springs to see the down town areas and see what it has to offer me now that I live here. Lots of Stop lights, and being new to the LT all together, I was afraid I would have a crappy take off and then be pushing it to the shoulder waiting on a jump...but NOPE!, Had a great time.
Your new Battery will be your answer Joel, if it goes dead on you in a short period of time, you will know.
Another few Questions.
What Battery do you all use?
How long do you usually get out of that battery?
Do you ALL leave them on a Battery Tender?
Is there a constant drain in the electrical system on the LT that requires the Battery Tender?
Colorado Springs, CO
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