Originally Posted by Donkey Hotey
Are you sure it's not the voltmeter? Without starting the bike and having been sitting for a few minutes, what is the battery voltage reading? 12.4-12.7 is generally considered normal for a strong battery. If your meter reads higher than that, it might just be error in your meter.
Low-buck meters from Harbor Freight, etc, list something like +/- 8.0% or more for voltage readings. That could easily be a volt or more of error in the actual meter.
Geez, you may have something there. I just checked the readings after the battery's been sitting for 3 hours, it reads 12.95volts. The meter I've not been using for any of this work shows the battery at 12.66volts. Looks like I'm shopping for a meter tomorrow.
The battery is a sealed wet battery, 25amp, 2 yrs old Interstate.