Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Glen Williams, ON, Canada
Re: Brand new battery - dead after 2 weeks
As a newbie, I attended a tech session Saturday at Open Road BMW in Newmarket. When the topic of batteries came up, Patrick Doyle, the head mechanic, asked a trivia question:
How long do you have to run the bike after starting to return it to full charge on the battery?
The answer was a big surprise to all of us: 90 minutes at 4000 rpm.
He went on to remind us that hopping on the LT to do a short run to the store, even several times, still leaves the battery weaker than before you first started it, since the alternator hasn't had time to bring the battery back.
Likewise, starting the bike in the winter because we 'want to hear the beast's rumble' does absolutely nothing positive for the battery, not to mention the condensation created in the system by not getting it up to operating temperature.
Tongue-in-cheek, he suggested making a recording of the motor in the fall, so we can play it during the storage months and get our BMW fix....
I came home from the tech session feeling much more positive about my LT, which I have yet to ride. I've spent many hours here reading through threads on all kinds of issues, and have been very impressed with the breadth of knowledge and experience that members bring to this board. Ask a technical question, and there is a flood of suggestions, often accompanied by detailed descriptions and even step-by-step pictures! Amazing responses.
However, I've come to realize that there is also a high concentration of 'problems' encountered by reading here, which has caused me to second guess my decision to buy the LT, even before I've had the opportunity to ride it- ex: final drive failures.
I have to keep a balance and not dwell on the negatives: the K bikes are amazing machines, and I should be able to ride this bike for many years with few problems.