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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 2008, 4:50 pm Thread Starter
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K1200GT battery, starting

I've posted a couple of times before about battery issues, most recently in this thread, but I thought it'd be worth it to start a new one.

A quick summary: once I had trouble starting the bike after it stalled in traffic on a hot day. Engine just wouldn't turn over. I waited a few seconds and tried again and it started up, but it was annoying. In replies a few people suggested the OEM battery was too weak and I should get a new one.

And on my last trip I got fed up with the accessory circuit cutting out every time I started my bike. My alternator is great, the battery voltage seemed good (12.4-ish), and the dealer did a load test and found it fine. Yet unless I've just pulled it off the charger, every time I start the bike I get a red <!> and a battery icon in the display, and the GPS and Autocom lose power and reboot.

After pressing the dealer, they agreed to replace the battery under warranty. So, over the weekend I got a new OEM battery for my '07 K1200GT. The accessory fault problem reproduced at the dealer the 2nd time we started the bike. I took it home and put it on the charger, and it was fine for the first start the next day, but after that every time I started it I lost accessory power and got the battery warning again.

Do you have the same experience with your GT when starting it?

For those of you with accessories, is it just the canbus accessory circuit that cuts out? Could I solve the problem by powering everything from the battery and switch them all off the front parking light?

What's the brand and, if available, part number for the aftermarket battery for the K1200GT?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 2008, 11:16 pm
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I had the same exact problem since my 07 was new. I figured it was a tight motor. After 15k miles it was still slow to turn over on hot days. I did some research and after the positive experience i had with Odyssey AGM batteries in my KLR and KTM i got a PC680MJ. It was about 145 shipped. This battery is totally awesome! Fires right up and after 3k miles of Cen Cal heat, it has never slow cranked yet. Buy it now and forget about it.
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Specifically, what do you need to put an Odyssey battery in a 2007 GT?

Which adapters or fittings do you need?
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Specifically, what do you need to put an Odyssey battery in a 2007 GT?

Which adapters or fittings do you need?
I put the PC680MJ in my '06 GT last week, and I didn't need any modifications or additional parts. I have read that some people shim the metal piece that holds the battery place (at the top rear of the battery) but it doesn't seem necessary to me. Installation of the Odyssey took 10 minutes at most.

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I put the PC680MJ in my '06 GT last week, and I didn't need any modifications or additional parts. I have read that some people shim the metal piece that holds the battery place (at the top rear of the battery) but it doesn't seem necessary to me. Installation of the Odyssey took 10 minutes at most.
... and don't forget to reset the Throttle Position Control.

(I used a small piece of wood to shim mine)

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And where is the vendor with the best price? I am ready to purchase as I am going into my third winter season and I don't need a battery that does not have good capacity anymore.

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... and don't forget to reset the Throttle Position Control.
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Thanks for the reminder!

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And where is the vendor with the best price? I am ready to purchase as I am going into my third winter season and I don't need a battery that does not have good capacity anymore.
Larry,
I bought my Odyssey here because I couldn't find one locally. The battery was out of stock when I ordered it. They estimated 2 weeks, but I had it in about 10 days. No problems. No affiliation.

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Specifically, what do you need to put an Odyssey battery in a 2007 GT?

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dropped right in. i only removed the rubber spacers on the screws that hold the battery holder down. fits perfect.
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