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how long have you all got out of your stock batteries, mines an 03
but in general what did yall get?
 

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still using the original battery bought my bike father's day 2003
 

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tweak mt said:
you think it would be abnormal for mine to die after 3 yrs?
no not abnormal you did great compared to others
 

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had mines for 2 years.. i take it out in the winter and charge it the day before i plan on riding.. hasnt failed me yet. oh yeah i ride with my hi beams on all the time.
 

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im wondering if it might be the cause of my bike not starting ...... im not sure that its giving enough juice to the fuel injection and plugs to get the thing to run .....i had it die once before where you get the click click click click of the starter but this time its turning over and everything but im just wondering exploring it as a possiblity at this point......it charges on my trickle charger very quick and then looses that charge very quick so ill snag a buddies battery and see what happens
 

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What was the voltage reading? Anything below 12.4v and the bike won't crank. Read the battery label.

I've learned a few things about the charging system of the RR over the past 2 years.

1) Running your high beams has nothing to do with it cranking or not.

2) The bikes charging system doesn't recharge the battery to full capacity like a car. No matter if you run high beams or not.

3) Repeated cranking is what drains the battery over time. Crank after crank is drawing the voltage out of the battery by the starter and the alternator simply can't recharge it.

4) You NEED to recharge the battery every 3-4 months (or use a trickle charger) regardless of how it cranks. Guys/gals with the 05-06's models can tell a big difference in the sound of the starter when the battery is fully charged. It spins up really quick because you guys have a high torque starter. The 03-04's models don't so it basically sounds the same not matter what.

5) When you charge the battery you need to charge it for 5-8hrs with a 1amp charger. You cannot use the "Quick charge" method as this doesn't fully condition the battery.

6) 12.0v is NOT enough voltage for our bikes. Even though it's a "12v" system, you need 13.0-13.8v on a fully charged battery. Anything below 12.4v will give you problems in cranking.
 

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ok but if i were to have only 12v will i get the click click click noise of the starter not working

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could it still turn over but not have enough juice to power the fuel pump and plugs to cause the bike to run

im trying to figure out why im not getting the fuel or fire..... ive checked plugs which werent incredably bright but there was still a spark so i was hoping maybe just a new bat could do it other wise its going to get even more sticky
 

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If the volts on the battery are below 12.5v charge it as described above. It doesn't matter what it may or may not do. There's not way to predict that. If the battery needs charging, then charge it before you go any further.
 

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yeah ive tried it on my trickle charger multiple times charges in minutess ....im going to leave in on over night and see if that makes a diff
 

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To be honest indueng, I think most of the time it's the way the battery was treated (i.e. charged or the lack of charging). Sometimes you'll get a bad battery or two. But like tweak mt is going to find out, quick charges need to be avoided at all cost.
 

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arrrrrg yep 3 yrs......died once completely this winter and just hasnt been the same since

but grabed a bat out of a crashed 04 r1 and vrooom!!!!
 

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sorry to resurect a thread that's a month old, but hey - at least i searched first...

where would you recommend buying a trickle charger?
(and for the record, my friend put some pop-up blocker on my computer so i can't even see any site sponsors to check out their websites)
 

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Jota21 said:
sorry to resurect a thread that's a month old, but hey - at least i searched first...

where would you recommend buying a trickle charger?
(and for the record, my friend put some pop-up blocker on my computer so i can't even see any site sponsors to check out their websites)
I bought my charger at Advanced Auto for $13. Make sure you get one with a built in regulator or it specifically says that it won't damage the battery if the charger is left on overnight.

For the PUB, hold CTRL and click on the link.
 
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