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claydbal 07-09-2018 12:55 PM

amperage
 
anyone know what a good 1200 starter draws in current? starter amp draw test would show___________?
i dont need info on voltage drop, just amp draw.



i did search, maybe i missed it.
thanks

glhonda 07-09-2018 03:20 PM

Old school rule of thumb is 20-25 amps per hole. Four cylinder should be right around 100 amps. I dug out my old VAT40, cleaned the leads so I could tell which was Positive.......My 1200 @12.3 volts cranks @ 95 Amps, dropping the voltage to 10.2. It spins normally. However, my battery has no capacity, so when the voltage drops to @ 10.5 volts, it pulls 126 amps and drags the battery down to 4. I think the rule of thumb applies. I have an '85 on the charger and will test it later and post. I don't expect anything different.

claydbal 07-09-2018 03:29 PM

glhonda, i really appreciate the effort to answer my question. timely and precise! thank you! once i get things sorted, i plan to install a AGM that is much smaller and lighter than oem. oh, and cheaper!

DriverRider 07-09-2018 03:48 PM

Normal starter current draw on the 1500 of 110-120A is all I can add.:smile2:

Bike...and Dennis 07-09-2018 08:20 PM

A smaller, lighter battery sounds like a bad idea.

claydbal 07-09-2018 08:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bike...and Dennis (Post 5767131)
A smaller, lighter battery sounds like a bad idea.


on a goldwing. ? please explain. are there parasitic drains im unaware of? thanks

DaveO430 07-09-2018 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by claydbal (Post 5766963)
i plan to install a AGM that is much smaller and lighter than oem. oh, and cheaper!


An AGM of the proper size is not smaller or perceptibly lighter than a wet cell battery & normally cost more, maybe not more than one from a Honda dealer though.

DBohrer 07-10-2018 04:38 PM

If your GL1200 has memory for radio settings, memory for a clock, memory for CB channel settings, then there is a very small amperage drain with the ignition turned off.

Quote:

Originally Posted by claydbal (Post 5767139)
on a goldwing. ? please explain. are there parasitic drains im unaware of? thanks


claydbal 07-10-2018 04:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DBohrer (Post 5767399)
If your GL1200 has memory for radio settings, memory for a clock, memory for CB channel settings, then there is a very small amperage drain with the ignition turned off.


thanks for that. means long as i ride everyday, im good?!

Bellboy40 07-10-2018 05:30 PM

Yes, riding it every day is good for keeping the battery up as well as being good for keeping all the moving parts working. Letting it sit around for a long time unused is bad for a motorcycle, or any other mechanical thing for that matter. Frequent use and good maintenance practices will reward you with many years of good service.


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