Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Glendale, Arizona, USA
Model: 1987 GL1200 Interstate 290,000 miles
I really suspect your meter is reading high, and...
the battery is getting old so it loses a bit more juice when it cranks, so...
the charging system pumps out a bit more juice (½~¾ volt) to top it off, then settles back to what is normal for that meter.
So, again, the battery is going.
5 years is a good run for a motorcycle battery.
Why ain't we ridin'?