Battery does not have enough juice to start.


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Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby Acces-wild33 » Thu May 07, 2015 1:13 pm



This is my first bike. The problem I am having is the battery is not staying charged. When I bought this bike it sat for 6 years. I have put new gas in and it ran after I charged the battery. After riding it for awhile the battery was dead again. I thought since it sat for so long it was a bad battery and bought a new one. I charged it all night on a 1.5 amp automatic charger and put it on the bike and it turned over once and was dead again. I did a multimeter test and the battery was at 9 volts. I jumped the bike to see if it would start. Of coarse it did no problems while running I checked the volts and it was at 10. 6 volts while on. Please help me on what I should do next



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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby NVSB4 » Thu May 07, 2015 2:24 pm

Not an expert as so many others here are, but it sounds like you either have an issue with the "new" battery or the charging system.

Charge up the battery at least overnight and have someone do a load test on it. Could be just defective (the easiest solution).
I've had one that would lose voltage sitting there not connected to anything. You can also check by disconnecting the neg cable and testing amp leakage between it and the battery terminal. I would also double check the battery connections to make sure they are clean and you have them tight.

Otherwise, it isn't being charged or you have a short that is draining it.
I'll leave it to others more qualified to give the tests for that.
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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby Acces-wild33 » Thu May 07, 2015 10:40 pm

So after 15 hours of charging the battery was still at 9.9 volts when running it jumped up to 12.3 volts. My question is do you think I have a defective new battery or should I start to check the wires.

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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby NVSB4 » Thu May 07, 2015 10:53 pm

Did you take the battery out to charge it?
And did you check the voltage while on the charger?
If it's only reading 9.9 volts after 15 hours, you either have a bad battery or bad charger.
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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby dingdong » Fri May 08, 2015 11:36 am

Depending on what type of charger you have.... Some 1.5 maintainers will not re-charge a dead battery. They are only designed to keep the battery from discharging. Possibly your problem.

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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby Acces-wild33 » Sat May 09, 2015 10:09 am

So I had my battery tested at advance auto parts and I do have a defective battery. So when I get my new battery will my 1.5 automatic battery charger/maintainer fully charge the battery or should I buy a 2 amp charger

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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby NVSB4 » Sat May 09, 2015 10:51 am

I would actually get another charger as well. There have been reports of some chargers (HF) actually being the cause of battery failure.
A charger is a lot cheaper than going through batteries.
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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby dingdong » Sun May 10, 2015 6:56 am

My comment on the 1.5a chargers wasn't meant to imply that they wouldn't maintain a good and charged battery. Just that the design of some of them keeps them from re-charging a fully discharged battery. They work fine in keeping a good battery from discharging. I would keep the 1.5a if it is a maintainer style. Meaning does it switch off when the battery is fully charged.
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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun May 10, 2015 11:09 am

Just for a side note, here are voltages that give you a rough idea of battery condition. Not a true troubleshooting method, but could help lead you to a pathway to explore.

Battery Life:

Measured in an ‘at rest state’.
Motor off and no charge applied to battery.

12.7 VDC 100%
12.5 VDC 90%
12.4 VDC 80%
12.3 VDC 70%
12.2 VDC 60%
12.0 VDC 50%
11.9 VDC 40%
11.8 VDC 30%
11.6 VDC 20%
11.3 VDC 10%
10.5 VDC 0%
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Re: Battery does not have enough juice to start.

Postby Acces-wild33 » Wed May 13, 2015 10:21 am

I just wanted to thank you guys for all the help. I exchanged the battery and that one was defective again. So i went to batterys plus and bought a agm battery. All i did was put it in and the bike started up just perfect.


thanks very much
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