Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Re: The LT is Possessed
I'm betting your battery has lost a cel or two. I would charge it fully and then put a load tester on it. If it can't hold it's charge under load it's toast and needs to be replaced. Just because it may indicate 13-14volts static doesn't mean squat.
It's extremely important to properly commission a new battery. Shucks, Ducati put out a TSB just on battery commissioning. Today's bikes are very demanding on the electrical system what with fuel delivery, fuel injection, ignition systems, ABS, farkles, etc. It doesn't take much of a battery loss to upset things. Do use the battery tender on a daily basis. I ride my Duc every day but plug it in every night. It takes no time to do so and will help give you extended service from your battery. Also, if your battery is not commissioned properly and/or properly maintained it can go bad in as little time as 6 months. And just 2 years life no matter how well maintained is not unheard of.
Of course it could be corroded grounds, gnawed wires, loose connections, failing altenator, failing rectifier....... But the battery is simple to check and RELATIVELY inexpensive to fix. (compared to replacing altenators, or chasing down shorts, grounds, wiring breaks)
95 Honda Magna (sold)
97 R1100RT (sold)
00 LTc, Canyon Red "Tarkus" (sold)
01 F650GS (wifey's, sold)
01 Ducati S4 Monster "LittleOne"
04 R1150RT (turned to scrap)
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