Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Hartfield, VA, USA
Re: Battery question
There are other things besides the clock that are current vampires when the bike is idle. The radio has a memory connection that draws a little power, I believe the alarm sys. even though not armed, draws some. If you were to connect an ammeter in the battery circuit, you would be surprised at how much is being consumed when the bike is switched off.
Having said all that, your battery is probably OK. The only really good test is to get it LOAD TESTED. That will show the true condition. You should be able to get that done at a battery supplier or a dealer.
In the meantime follow the advice that others have posted, use a tender especially if you don't ride a lot. Also, I would say the 5.5 hrs @2 amp charge sounds about right if the battery was pretty far down.
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