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Battery life expectancy

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When I purchased my GL1100i last year I had a new battery installed. I recently had to replace that battery. One cell was dead and completely dry and another was only about half full.

I have experienced some electrical problems this past year with the rebuild including the bracket from my backrest dropping down and contacting the positive post of the battery while on a test ride.

:shock: :gunhead:

What is the normal life expectancy of these batteries? Is this an every season or two replacement or did it have more to do with the harsh treatment on this battery?

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In my Opinion it was the Harsh Treatment, you can usually get 2 years with no problem in my experience, providing you purchase a Battery of reasonable Quality. The ones I purchase from Wal-Mart usuallly give me pretty good service.
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I have had this for the last 5 years. Still going strong, however, I do attach a trickle charger during the winter months when stored.:

http://www.aiconsol.com/12v22-westco.html
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I have gotten two years out of the WalMart batteries. A better (higher priced) AGM battery will give 5 or 6 years of service if properly maintained. I keep a Battery Tender on it if I won't be riding every few days.
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I have consistently gotten 5-6 years on my Sears DieHard batteries. I do not use a battery tender.
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Haven't replaced my 2.5 year old battery yet but keeping a watchful eye on it since I let it go nearly dead running the radio over a two day period. Stupid Stuff. :?



Take a look at what came across this weekend in WingWorld. Pretty crafty device.



http://www.wingorldmag.com





The Argus Analyzer is a battery monitor you leave hooked up. It monitors and indicates battery voltage and battery performance over time.



Check out the "Battery Bug" by Argus Analyzer.



If interested in a permanent mount, you might ask Battery Bug for the set up shownin the magazine showing the long leads that are required for motorcycle mounting. The web site did not show this, or I missed itif they did.



http://www.batterybug.com



If someonehas mounted one of these we all would like to see the report.



Hope this helps someone.

Longboater,
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