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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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I can't believe it (I'm so freakin' dumb!)

Well it was 50 degrees and sunny here today and I geared up to get out for a few hours. Pulled her out of the garage, checked the fluids and tire pressure and went to start her up and...

click, click, click-brrrrr-click.

Dead stinking battery. Why? Cause I didn't have the trickle charger on.



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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 09:27 PM
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Been there but not anymore. I use an AGM battery and a trickle charger. Did 60 miles today myself, it was great.

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No need to rub it in, Cliff! BTW, it's possible that your battery could have died even with a trickle charger attached. Batteries do go bad, you know. Often it's just the contacts that need cleaning/tightening. Was something draining your battery as it sat in the garage? And could you have jump or push started it?

Anyway, I know how bad you must have felt. Sorry it turned out the way it did. But please check the connections and don't just trickle charge the battery. A little di-electric grease on the terminals would be a good idea, too.

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Ron, when you get older you will just learn to live with it, and of course you will have excuses, you know CRS, BFs to blame it on......
I sure have my share of them, the BFs are getting as bad if not worse than the CRS...lol...
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I would have just jump started it with my portable jumpstart pack, and took off. Nothing like a nice long ride to charge up a battery. I have an AGM battery in mine, I don't own one of those battery tender things, I have a 1 amp battery charger that is several years old. I just ride enough to keep the battery up. And I have four bikes to ride enough to keep the batteries up. I haven't had a dead battery on a bike in a long time. Jerry.

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You gotta get an AGM battery. No trickle charging needed. An AGM looses ~1% a month if left alone. Since I installed my AGM 3 years ago, I've never had a problem.

I did go out yesterday, hit rt 78 for short dist. to Clinton, then into Frenchtown, then into Lambertville, then up 206 into Flemington, then up rt 31 back to Lebanon. 65 miles, nice. Goin out today too.

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Well it was 50 degrees and sunny here today and I geared up to get out for a few hours. Pulled her out of the garage, checked the fluids and tire pressure and went to start her up and...

click, click, click-brrrrr-click.

Dead stinking battery. Why? Cause I didn't have the trickle charger on.



ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGG!


Just call me Dumb$$
OK - Dumb$$

I had that happen with my Ninja 650 after my accident because I didn't put the alarm into hibernation mode. It killed it dead. Hit the charger for an hour, followed by a 2 hour ride had her good as new. Damn fine reason to go for a long ride!

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Damn it AJ, its my job to be the ass of the group, I soooo wanted to be the 1st to actually call him a dumbass, sense everyone else is to politically correct to do so...LOL...pussy's

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I keep mine on the tender all year long.
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