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dead battery

Post by motony13 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:32 pm

I have a 2008 GL 1800 and live in Canada. I start my bike up every couple of weeks over the winter but the last 3 weeks have been extremely cold and when I went to start it today the battery is dead, lights were on but wouldn't turn over. How can I check if I need a new battery or can just charge the existing one.

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Re: dead battery

Post by Mike 545 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:45 pm

Jump-it with your car battery or lawnmower battery - see if the bike's battery takes a charge. Shut the bike down. If
the battery takes a charge, you'll get a couple of cranks out of it. After that, get a battery tender, and keep it connected.

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Re: dead battery

Post by redial » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:05 am

As has been explained a number of times on this forum, it is bad to "start the engines and let it run a while" through the winter. As the engine never gets really hot, moisture build up will turn to rust, especially in the exhaust system.

If you have to lock your GW up for the winter, (you poor souls 8-) ), then it is better to fill the tank with fuel, and hook up a battery maintainer (not a battery charger), and just let it suffer the cold. This will keep the battery happy while it is resting under a nice blanket. Filling the tank will allow less room for the moisture to start collecting in the fuel tank. You are not doing the GW any favours by giving this a short period of start-stop, when a 30 minute ride will be much better for you and the GW.

Extremes of temperature, both cold and hot, are not a battery's friend. By keeping it on a battery maintainer you will increase the longevity of the battery. If this is your original battery, then a six year (did I get that right?) battery might be ready to timeout on delivering the jolts that are needed to bring the GW to life again. These GW need all the cranking power and a healthy battery to turn over and fire.
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