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post #1 of 7 Old Jul 6th, 2019, 5:35 am Thread Starter
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Battery nod & wink?

'15 RT, 40K km, serviced as per schedule, recently ridden only every couple of weeks, original OEM battery (ie almost 4 years old).
The last couple of winter starts (s. hemisphere) have been odd.
Turn ignition on, wait for dials to stop dancing, press start - an audible click then nothing.
Turn ignition off, wait a moment then back on, dials dance, hit start and motor fires up without hesitation.
Once started I notice some menu choices have been reset - to default eg Trip 1, and auto DRL.
A restart later in the day is fine.
Could this be a nod and a wink from the battery?

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post #2 of 7 Old Jul 6th, 2019, 5:38 am
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Yup, she's almost cactus - time for a new one!

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Yes, it is waiting for an overnight trip. Where it won't do anything when you try it in the morning. Batteries are like that........


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Don't buy one from the dealer, too expensive.

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Ian:

The battery is certainly trying to tell you something. Batteries can last eight to ten years but four years is a pretty average life span.

While I would agree that there's a very good chance the battery is on its way out I'd do a few simple checks before scrapping it.

1. Check and clean the terminals. Four years is plenty of time to build up some corrosion that can inhibit even a good battery's charging and its ability to supply current where it's needed.

2. If you've got a battery charger, charge it up, let it sit for a day or two, and check its voltage with a digital volt meter. If it's not still at least 12.4 volts, then it's not holding a charge and is done.

3. If it is holding its charge, I'd be tempted to take the battery to a shop where they can to a cranking test on it. If it passes that, I' d check the charging system and be tempted to keep it.

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'15 RT, 40K km, serviced as per schedule, recently ridden only every couple of weeks, original OEM battery (ie almost 4 years old).
The last couple of winter starts (s. hemisphere) have been odd.
Turn ignition on, wait for dials to stop dancing, press start - an audible click then nothing.
Turn ignition off, wait a moment then back on, dials dance, hit start and motor fires up without hesitation.
Once started I notice some menu choices have been reset - to default eg Trip 1, and auto DRL.
A restart later in the day is fine.
Could this be a nod and a wink from the battery?

Ian
garr:

I would clean the battery terminals first. I've seen almost new batteries do exactly what you're describing, sometimes it works, other times not, just because some of that white powdery stuff had built up on the post. That stuff is a great insulator and it makes enough gap that contact isn't good enough to start the bike, but good enough to run the lights, gages etc. Make sure both the posts and the clamps are clean. You have to remove the battery to do it right, but it could save your battery for another year.

If you do decide to get a new one, clean these terminals anyway.

If you clean it and it still happens, buy a new battery. Don't suffer along with a weak battery. It's hard on the electrical components of the bike. Same with cars, btw.

There are decent AGM batteries at Sam's Club and many other vendors. I wouldn't overspend at the dealer for a battery. They are not better.


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Compared to insurance, tires, oil, filters, fuel, etc a new battery every 3y is pretty small potatoes. I changed mine out at 3y just to avoid getting stranded somewhere for no good reason.

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