Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Asheville, NC, USA
Re: New 2008 LT Battery Won't Take A Charge
I am eternally grateful for all your responses! Really, it's humbling that you all support each other through this community and care enough to bother to consider others' predicaments. Seems like a good way to get educated, too, for those of us who can learn by reading, even if we aren't yet adept enough at it to offer much advice to others.
I have returned the 6-mos old battery (which is a gel) to the dealership where I bought it and they're replacing it under warranty without any hassle. The battery was only putting out about 11v (off the bike.) I suspect the replacement will do the trick, although I can't check until it arrives tomorrow. It's certainly possible this one will have the same happen to it if it's something causing a load to discharge the battery during storage or upon ignition. Not sure why it went bad, given it was new, but the dealership said that they had been telling customers (like me) that the thing was ready to be installed - no charging necessary - straight from the box, per their distributor. Now they're charging all of them before they go out the door. I will also be buying a voltmeter to monitor status, per your recommendations. Maybe get a charger, too, rather than rely on a tender, particularly with a gel battery (per the dealership.)
Again, thanks and I'll post when/if the solution is at hand.