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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2008, 10:32 am Thread Starter
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Battery Life Expectancy

I was wondering if anybody knew what sort of life I can expect out of my battery on my 06 K1200R? I do use a battery tender all the time the bike is not ridden. Is there a certain number of years after which I should just replace the battery to save myself from it being an issue?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2008, 2:36 pm
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Lots of different answers on this question, but if you keep the battery on a tender then you should easily get 3-4 years out of it. On my previous bike ( a Suzuki) I kept the original battery on a tender most of the time and replaced it after 11 years. No, I'm not kidding.


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I usually change my battery after 3 years, even though I use a battery tender most of the time, especailly during the winter due to less riding.
In the past, I have had sveral problems with ABS lights flashing when the battery isn't up to par, and who needs a problem while on the road? Better safe than sorry, and the price isn't exorbitant to swap out every 3 years or so. Yes, I did get 8 years on my last Jap bike, but there were no farkles on the bike and I was very cheap in those days...

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I use a Battery Doc on mine. It has gone through 2 Alaskan winters and still runs.

Really the best option is to take the battery out of the bike and keep it indoors and warm. Also keep i ton the charger of course. The cold weather can mess with batteries.

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Thank you so much for the replies. I think I will just change it out every 3-4 years to error on the safe side.
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Thank you so much for the replies. I think I will just change it out every 3-4 years to error on the safe side.
Not that you would, but don't get a cheap battery. I did just that because I didn't want to wait for a quality battery to be ordered. After less than 1 season it won't hold a charge for more than 2 days.
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Coming up to 5 years on my gel battery, they are not like the old ones. It is still showing full charge. I have had 11 years out of a car battery.
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My '06 GT began to hard-crank a month ago. Replaced it with an Odyssey PC680MJ and it cranks right over now. My old RT was still running at 4 years with the old Odyssey when I sold it.

I always used a Battery Tender on the BMW stock battery. I believe the heat did it in over the summer where it hits nearly 115 degrees. Car batteries only last about 2 years for me as well - no matter how long the warranty is for.
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Battery question

My 2002 LT ate three batteries in four years. BMW trickle charger in play. GT now has 1.5 years and only one battery so far.

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