Gl1100 battery question


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Gl1100 battery question

Postby guitarlos » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:56 pm



Whats a good battery for the GL1100?

How many cranking amps are required?

I bought a Diehard batt/maintainner because I had sluggish battery turn over. I then get home from driving it to and from work, put it on the maintainer and it seems to charge up for several minutes. Is this a sign that the battery is starting to die? I have no idea as to the age of the battery. I havent evenhad the bike for a year yet.

Any tips? Things I can check?

Thanks in advance!



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Re: Gl1100 battery question

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:05 pm

I have a Battery Tender Jr., and it does the same thing even on brand new batteries. It will go into "charge" mode for about 10-15 minutes even when I just pull in after riding for an hour.

I've been using NAPA batteries for years now. I used to go through one a year, which was ridiculous - but when I got the Battery Tender on it, that all ended. I'm now on year three with my NAPA battery (exact same battery type that used to last three years). At $70 a pop, that means the $25 Battery Tender has paid for itself six times over so far.

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Re: Gl1100 battery question

Postby guitarlos » Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:50 am

I got to looking into this last night and noted that on the positive side of the battery, that the water inside was lower than what the lines dictated. I obtained some RODI water and filled the battery back to the lines. Placed it back on the maintainer and it started to charge again. I took my volt meter and it read 13.05 vDC. Im hoping that this cures my problem, but what made that battery lose so much water and will that affect the cranking amperage? This morning she fired up really strong and I will see how she is on the way home.

Could this be an effect of not soldering the 3 yellow wires from the Stator? By the way, Im obtaining shrink wrap tubing and soldering directly and bypassing those three troublesome wires.

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Re: Gl1100 battery question

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:19 am

Over charging will boil water out, high temps in general will evaporate some, check it once a week if water continues to drop your regulator maybe on it's way out or a leaking battery..check charging v's while running at 3,000 rpm should not be over 14.5.

If all's Ok check once a month for water levels especially in the summer.


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