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I have a 2003 Z1000; the battery in it is the one that came with it new. It is 8yrs old, and still works fantastic!

Anyone else having good/bad luck with batteries? :dontknow:
 

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i bought my 04 last year, it was not the orgional battery in their. about 2 months ago without warning it died. i have a 06 victory 8 ball and that bike still has the org battery. it does turn over a little slower that when it was new. its on barrowed time. a week old battery is hard on your charging systed. put a new battery in it.
 

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i bought my 04 last year, it was not the orgional battery in their. about 2 months ago without warning it died. i have a 06 victory 8 ball and that bike still has the org battery. it does turn over a little slower that when it was new. its on barrowed time. a week old battery is hard on your charging systed. put a new battery in it.
Thanks for the advice, but I figure @ 27,000 miles, and 8 yrs old..... this bike has only required tires, and oil/filter changes.... until it asks for more, thats all its gettin'
 

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Thanks for the advice, but I figure @ 27,000 miles, and 8 yrs old..... this bike has only required tires, and oil/filter changes.... until it asks for more, thats all its gettin'
if it is not broke why fix it :dontknow:. sometimes we are our own worst enemy:p screwing with something that does not need attn. seen it many times.:eek:ccasion:
 

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if it is not broke why fix it :dontknow:. sometimes we are our own worst enemy:p screwing with something that does not need attn. seen it many times.:eek:ccasion:
Correct. I am afraid of jinxing myself by trying to be pro-active. :D:eek:ccasion:
 

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nah, it'll be just fine. I don't like leaving stuff plugged in out in the garage, when I'm not around.
 

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I understand that and yes, I'm sure it'll be fine.

I was through your little town on my bike the other night Kawtoy. Friend bought a house NW of there in the country and I went by to see it. I didn't see any Z1000's on main street when I went through. :D
 

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I understand that and yes, I'm sure it'll be fine.

I was through your little town on my bike the other night Kawtoy. Friend bought a house NW of there in the country and I went by to see it. I didn't see any Z1000's on main street when I went through. :D
You mean that you didn't accidentally blink and miss the whole town completely!? My fiance, and I had the bikes out around town on Friday night, and Saturday rode from Elliott to Rantucky, then to Fisher, through Gibson City and back to Elliott. Its too bad I missed ya, I would really like to see that new bike of yours. Perhaps sometime we could catch coffee on a weekend?
 

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You mean that you didn't accidentally blink and miss the whole town completely!? My fiance, and I had the bikes out around town on Friday night, and Saturday rode from Elliott to Rantucky, then to Fisher, through Gibson City and back to Elliott. Its too bad I missed ya, I would really like to see that new bike of yours. Perhaps sometime we could catch coffee on a weekend?
Of course I didn't miss the whole town. I drove through slowly. :lol:

I managed to go riding a little both days last weekend. Did a loop from home to Rantoul then Potomac and back on Saturday then to Gibson, Roberts, Buckley and back home on Sunday. Had to get some miles on the new bike and get it warm so I could do the first oil change. The wind has been brutal!

Coffee sounds good sometime. Drop me a note on here and let me know when!
 

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Of course I didn't miss the whole town. I drove through slowly. :lol:

I managed to go riding a little both days last weekend. Did a loop from home to Rantoul then Potomac and back on Saturday then to Gibson, Roberts, Buckley and back home on Sunday. Had to get some miles on the new bike and get it warm so I could do the first oil change. The wind has been brutal!

Coffee sounds good sometime. Drop me a note on here and let me know when!
This weekend looks terrible, unless we cage it.
 

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This weekend looks terrible, unless we cage it.
Yeah, this weekend looks bad. Saturday they're calling for rain. Sunday I'll probably need to start mowing grass. :mad: Plus sometime this weekend I need to help my son with some stuff on the GPz 550 he bought.

If we wait a week or 2 maybe I can get him to come along.
 

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Yeah, this weekend looks bad. Saturday they're calling for rain. Sunday I'll probably need to start mowing grass. :mad: Plus sometime this weekend I need to help my son with some stuff on the GPz 550 he bought.

If we wait a week or 2 maybe I can get him to come along.
Sounds good! :eek:ccasion:
 

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My Fiance's Ex500D (Ninja 500R) had battery issues Tuesday. She got it started from the battery charger, but when she got done eating at the restaurant she went to it would not restart only click the solenoid. She did what every motorcyclist has (should have) to do at least once; push it home. We only live 2 blocks away, but still quite humbling. When I got home I found her battery a 'Yuasa' installed 4/14/07 had little to no acid left. I topped it off and hope that we can squeeze out another year. Lesson learned; reasons NOT to use anything over a 1.5a charger. It took 4 years almost to the day, but it cooked out the acid. I will be installing a 'sealed cell' after this one goes, and I will be buying her bike a Battery Tender directly.
 

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I've got a couple of these cheapo China Freight float chargers and they've worked fine -

Automatic Battery Float Charger & Other Battery Tenders - Harbor Freight Tools



They're only 1/2 amp +- and are just a simple constant voltage charger but you can leave them on 24/7 and never worry about overcharging the battery. I left one on my old Connie all winter 2 winters in a row and the battery was at full charge after 3+ months of sitting. I installed an SAE 2 pin plug on the bike and charger so I can just plug in it when I put it away without taking anything apart. This guy has the SAE plugs and leads cheap -

SAE 2 Pin | Bohemian Biker Blog




I pulled the plug when I traded the bike and need to get it installed on the Ninja.

I'm a believer in battery maintainers and float chargers. I have one on my old tractor, one on my pickup, one for my Mustang I hardly ever drive etc, even the garden tractor.

I HATE jumping stuff and hate buying batteries even more...
 

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I have been thinking about the HF charger, but was hesitant to pull the trigger. Since you have had good luck I will give it a go. Thanks JSharp!
 

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I have been thinking about the HF charger, but was hesitant to pull the trigger. Since you have had good luck I will give it a go. Thanks JSharp!
Picked 2 of these up Saturday @ 4.99 ea since I had the coupon out of my new Motorcyclist issue...... Thanks again JIM!
 

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Picked 2 of these up Saturday @ 4.99 ea since I had the coupon out of my new Motorcyclist issue...... Thanks again JIM!
They've flooded the world with those 20% off coupons. I usually wait until the item is on sale then use the coupon. That gets the price down to match the Chinese quality. :lol:

Those chargers are OK though. I also had a couple of onboard maintainers from them that were fine. Went to buy another and they'd 'improved' it. Dead out of the box.

I took it back and got a Schumacher from Farm and Fleet. China Freight is sort of like playing the lotto...
 
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