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Battery is probably toast; confirmation?

I'll probably pull it and take it to Autozone for testing, just bought an '07 that hadn't been ridden for an extended period of time for like 3 months. Battery couldn't crank it when I picked it up, so it had to be bump started. Stopped for gas after ~15 minutes riding, and started okay then (battery still weak.) Rode 30 minutes home mixed highway/street, bike started next day. Rode ~5 minutes to gas station to put air in tires, battery too weak to start it. Got a jump, rode around for 1 hour on the highway trying to charge battery. 24 hours later, battery too low to start it.

Is the battery sad? Go off to battery heaven?
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I'll probably pull it and take it to Autozone for testing, just bought an '07 that hadn't been ridden for an extended period of time for like 3 months. Battery couldn't crank it when I picked it up, so it had to be bump started. Stopped for gas after ~15 minutes riding, and started okay then (battery still weak.) Rode 30 minutes home mixed highway/street, bike started next day. Rode ~5 minutes to gas station to put air in tires, battery too weak to start it. Got a jump, rode around for 1 hour on the highway trying to charge battery. 24 hours later, battery too low to start it.

Is the battery sad? Go off to battery heaven?
no it isn't. Far from it. Just charge it.

900mA for 10 hours or 2A for 5. take your pick.

**EDIT**

I take that back. 1 hour of riding should have given the battery enough of a charge to sit for a month and still start it, let alone 24 hours. charge it up like the above and test it. 190CCA is the battery rating.

once you get the battery signed off as good, check the charging system. if you don't know how, i'll tell you.

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Thanks for the advice. Can I pull the battery out and take it to an Autozone for charging? I don't have a tender or voltmeter.
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time to get one then.

do you at least have a 12V battery charger?
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Nein. Another detail; when I ran the bike for an hour or so and parked it at home, 30 seconds later I started it again and it started fine.
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The best tool I've bought for a motorcycle was my Optimate battery charger.
It just does the job it says on the tin !

http://www.accumate.co.uk/it010003.html
Sounds like you may be needing one (or something like it)
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Nein. Another detail; when I ran the bike for an hour or so and parked it at home, 30 seconds later I started it again and it started fine.
even still, charge it and get it tested.
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Battery is charged just fine but fails under any kind of load. Seller said she started up the bike often, which of course probably hastened the battery's death because you actually need to ride the bike to keep the battery healthy. Not much else more sad than a bike that gets neglected.

DOA - off to battery heaven with you. Now to find a suitable replacement...
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You sure do seem comfortable with wasting your money.

care to send some rear sets to me? i mean, i don't know if i need them, but with your rationale, i might as well have them...

can you tell i'm frustrated?
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Sorry, poor explanation on my part. I took the battery to a battery testing station (two different ones, actually) and that's what it spat back out. (normal charge, 3-4 volts under small load)
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that's better. Thank you for clarifying. i don't get clarification very often.

Yes, that's a 4 dead cell and 2 live cell condition, i call it OCS (Open Cell Syndrome). Unfixable by mere mortals. replace the battery.

on a 2007 though, you might be able to get a little warranty coverage out of Honda. worth a shot, batteries ain't cheap.
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on a 2007 though, you might be able to get a little warranty coverage out of Honda. worth a shot, batteries ain't cheap.
Don't hold your breath though...
Mine failed when the bike was 5 months old (1900m). The dealer (Chiswick Honda) would NOT replace it & so will never see the bike (or me) again..
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on a 2007 though, you might be able to get a little warranty coverage out of Honda. worth a shot, batteries ain't cheap.
Interesting - bike wasn't purchased by me at the dealership though. How would I go about making a claim?

Edit: Honda's website specifically states batteries are not covered under any kind of offered warranty.

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Interesting - bike wasn't purchased by me at the dealership though. How would I go about making a claim?
walk in, tell them the battery on your 2007 failed and you're looking to get a new one prorated under warranty.
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Darn; it was covered but I'm 1 1/2 months out of the 1 year warranty.

I'd rather not pay 160 bones for a new battery; is there some better way? Alternatives?
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160 bux?! holy ******* hell, why so much?!! Yuasa is good, but they aren't miracle batteries!

Interstate batteries are good alternatives.

here's one. call them up.

http://www.apexbattery.com/honda-600...batteries.html
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