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Old 03-11-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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New Battery after a long winter, bike wont start.

So I just put in a fresh battery in my 2010 800gs with 34xxx miles. I have a voltmeter showing 12.5v with a trickle charger hooked up for any additional juice needed.

I went to start the bike and the gauges and headlight turn on, but I just get a solid clicking with dash lights and headlight flashing. Bike doesnt want to turn over even an inch. It stops trying to start and gives me a the yellow caution light on the dash after a number of tries.

Any clue whats up? Bad starter? I tried knocking on it with a hammer a little and it didnt do much.

Maybe the new battery needs some time to get settled in? Its a yuasa and I filled it with the electrolyte right before attempting to start it. The volt meter does show the voltage drop down into the 10s and 11s fairly quick each time the engine attempts to turn over.

Im close to expiring on my warranty so I would like to work out this bug sooner rather than later.

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Old 03-11-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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Its a yuasa and I filled it with the electrolyte right before attempting to start it.
Did you read the instructions about how long you need to charge it before putting it into service? The plates need to soak up the acid. It's acting like a dead battery would. Charge it overnight and try again in the morning.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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Excellent news! And no I didnt read the instructions. I was too stoked to ride and instructions are boring. Lesson learned!

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:13 PM   #5
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:27 AM   #6
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I need to replace the battery in my 2011, where is dang thing located?

Its not under the seat.

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Old 03-15-2013, 03:16 AM   #7
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I need to replace the battery in my 2011, where is dang thing located?

Its not under the seat.

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It's under the faux reservoir :o). You need to unbold the middle plastic and there it is .


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Old 03-15-2013, 06:36 AM   #8
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Its not under the seat.
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You're getting cold. It's a game of hide and seek!

Um, dumb question.....why are you changing it and not the Dealer under warranty? Batteries go all the time and get warranty. And if one Dealer refuses, go to another.

In case you hadn't thought about it.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:24 AM   #9
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I'm taking it your talking about the orange middle piece where other bikes gas tank would normally be??

I purchased the bike from a dealer in California and had it shipped to Missouri. The battery is 2 yeas old and I'll check on warrenty. My bike is also Lava Orange.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:58 AM   #10
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Yup...the original battery in my 09 just crapped itself this very morning. I was in the middle of a national park this time last week.

I got a 290 CCA replacement dry cell job. The battery shop had Lithium, but warned against them.

They reckon that the lithium equivalent to a CCA rating is bullshit, and that in CCA terms they are realistically good for about 1/3 of what their rating is.

Based soley on his experience with bikes and off road racing.
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