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post #1 of 9 Old Nov 24th, 2007, 6:24 pm Thread Starter
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I needed to replace my battery this weekend so I went to Cycle Spec to get a new one. Since the old one was under the year warranty they gave me a new one. I promptly installed and nothing. I ran a meter across the poles and it did not register. Am I missing something here? Please advise.

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I needed to replace my battery this weekend so I went to Cycle Spec to get a new one. Since the old one was under the year warranty they gave me a new one. I promptly installed and nothing. I ran a meter across the poles and it did not register. Am I missing something here? Please advise.


Verify that your voltmeter is reading correctly on another battery (car, mower, etc). Then disconnect the battery from the bike completely and then check it again for a voltage reading. If you have no measurable voltage on the battery, it is bad.

If you get a reading (over 12v), then re-install it, making sure all terminals, connectors etc are incredibly clean and tight. Then see if bike will start.

If reading on battery alone is below 13 or 12 volts, you probably want to charge it some before installation. Hope this helps!

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I needed to replace my battery this weekend so I went to Cycle Spec to get a new one. Since the old one was under the year warranty they gave me a new one. I promptly installed and nothing. I ran a meter across the poles and it did not register. Am I missing something here? Please advise.
Did you charge it and I don't mean use a credit card for all you wise a**s out there?

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Get a jump from a car then see if the battery charges OK after a trip.

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Thanks for all your help guys. I inspected the battery after some discussion with friends and found that the battery was bone dry because battery acid was not added nor was it charged. After putting in some battery acid and charging at 2amps it appears to be good. I haven't started the bike yet but everything comes on. Hopefully I can get this mess back together (had to remove fuel tank) soon and get back on the road. Thanks again guys!

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Thanks for all your help guys. I inspected the battery after some discussion with friends and found that the battery was bone dry because battery acid was not added nor was it charged. After putting in some battery acid and charging at 2amps it appears to be good. I haven't started the bike yet but everything comes on. Hopefully I can get this mess back together (had to remove fuel tank) soon and get back on the road. Thanks again guys!

Mark, did you had to remove the fuel tank because the battery?
what takes?

Let it charge for a day on a 2Amp charger, just to be on the safe side

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Thanks for all your help guys. I inspected the battery after some discussion with friends and found that the battery was bone dry because battery acid was not added nor was it charged. After putting in some battery acid and charging at 2amps it appears to be good. I haven't started the bike yet but everything comes on. Hopefully I can get this mess back together (had to remove fuel tank) soon and get back on the road. Thanks again guys!
Replace the battery! Once a wet lead acid battery has run part of the plates dry, it is severely limited in capability, and life.

When the water evaporates out, the sulfuric acid is left and the concentration is MUCH higher, the plates cannot withstand the higher acid concentration, so the top of the plates suffered from drying out (re-wetting does not fully fix that), and the bottom of the plates is damaged by the high acid concentration.

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Replace the battery! Once a wet lead acid battery has run part of the plates dry, it is severely limited in capability, and life.
This would not be true on a brand new battery that had never been filled with acid.

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