Battery charge


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Dagostini
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Battery charge

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I had to let my bike sit outside for 3 weeks while I replaced the clutch in my sons car. The battery was completely dead. Is that about normal or should I be looking for a battery? Nothing was on that I know of.


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typical for a battery older than 2 or 3 years.

mine did the same, but I have since put a Battery Tender on it, and it is now 5 years older, doing a fine job.
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Re: Battery charge

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Since it has gone completely flat and I assume it is an older battery, replacement would probably be a great idea. Anytime a battery goes completely dead, it's life has been severly shortened. Better to replace it now than wait for it to die at the worst possible time, like when you are on the road away from home.
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Thanks for the responses, I do need to invest in a battery tender, probably will change the battery before taking a trip to Fl.
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Re: Battery charge

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Dagostini wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:34 pm I had to let my bike sit outside for 3 weeks while I replaced the clutch in my sons car. The battery was completely dead. Is that about normal or should I be looking for a battery? Nothing was on that I know of.
Do you live in cold climate ???
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MikeB wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:15 pm Since it has gone completely flat and I assume it is an older battery, replacement would probably be a great idea. Anytime a battery goes completely dead, it's life has been severly shortened. Better to replace it now than wait for it to die at the worst possible time, like when you are on the road away from home.
just today, I had to help my neighbor, her husband died 18 months ago, and their 2011 Ford Explorer sat unused all that time.... ( she is a near invalid, bad knees and cancer )

when I first looked at the battery 4 weeks ago, it measured 9.4 volts, I charged it up to normal, and took it for a drive..... then it sat, and we just went through 2 weeks of -10 to +10 degree weather.

I intended to use her car today for her grocery shopping, and the interior lights/dash did not light.
Checked it again, 1.92 volts.... a charger will NOT even recognize that a battery is connected.

Jumped it to my truck, left it for 15 minutes, turned the key on and all I got was a bunch of clicking noises... the battery jumper cables are not good enough to handle the starter motor.

so, measured the battery again..... 0.5 volts, it is dead, dead, dead.

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