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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 2009, 8:05 pm Thread Starter
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Replacement Battery Time!

I've run into a battery charging glitch with my 06 KGT. I haven't added the direct to the battery charging connections yet so I'm still using the smarter than I am BMW charger through the accessory plug. During a routine charging cycle last month the charger seemed to get stuck on the last yellow indicator. Then it went into error mode before going green and a relay started a cyclic clicking sound somewhere under the tupperware. I tried resetting the charger and starting over several times with the same result. I called my dealer's service department and I got a "You probably need a new battery" response. I can live with that but they didn't have an answer for the source or cause of the clicking noise when the charger quit charging.

Two questions.
1. Has anybody had this problem before during a routine battery charge?
2. What is the latest recommendation for a replacement battery if I really need one?

I did a forum search for an answer to question 2 and didn't come up with anything helpful. I also checked on a replacement battery through BMW. The Exide gel is about $176.00. Not surprising but %*$&#$ expensive.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 2009, 10:07 pm
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#2 is agree upon solution is Odyssey PC680MJ
I plan to limp out the rest of this season on my original one and spring for the Odyssey

see this recent thread for discussion

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19353
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#2 is agree upon solution is Odyssey PC680MJ
I plan to limp out the rest of this season on my original one and spring for the Odyssey

see this recent thread for discussion

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19353
T-W,

Thanks for the help and thread link. I just got the same recommendation from another member and that's good enough for me. I'll see if I can find one locally tomorrow. This may give me the excuse I need to go ahead and install my Stebel horn, LED tail light and black powder coated Motolights.

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What the hell you doing with a pos BMW stock battery in a 2006 GT?

You must love slow cranking batteries for some reason?

Yeah. I know. The BMW dealer will give me another pos stocker battery free if I bitch loud enough.


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Mine's an 06 and still on the original... gets plenty of use and seems ok... famous last words?
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Mine's an 06 and still on the original... gets plenty of use and seems ok... famous last words?
Paul, the stock batteries are known for being less than reliable and the amount of oomph, or lack there of.... that they have in comparison to an Odyssey PC680MJ really does make a huge difference. I kept my stock battery for less than two years even though it still "worked." I've had Odysseys in more than one bike for 5 plus years wintered over in cold harsh climate on a trickle charge and they just kept working well. Can't say the same for the OEM that comes with the bikes.

Your experience may vary of course depending on the batteries environment but the piece of mind that the Odyssey brings is worth every cent. Not having to worry if the bike will start after a cold night in the middle of Nevada thousands of miles from home or some where similar is priceless.

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T-W,

Thanks for the help and thread link. I just got the same recommendation from another member and that's good enough for me. I'll see if I can find one locally tomorrow. This may give me the excuse I need to go ahead and install my Stebel horn, LED tail light and black powder coated Motolights.

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wow, I had some great english in that last post.

What LED taillight are you installing?

I'm in the market for one.
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wow, I had some great english in that last post.

What LED taillight are you installing?

I'm in the market for one.
T-W,

I purchased the BMW Supplemental LED Brake Light part number 04 63 00 0 445 578. I've seen a couple of these and they improve the visibility of the bike at night. It has a MSRP of $129.00. If you get this light, you'll also need "Harness B" part number 61 00 0445 580. MSRP for the harness is $39.00. It's a simple install but I'll post the "how to" when I'm finished.

Robert_W,

I couldn't agree more. Good batteries and tires are cheap insurance but the most overlooked items on any vehicle. Thanks.


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I also have the same BMW LED light and it is well worth the additional warning and visibility in the rear.

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I also have the same BMW LED light and it is well worth the additional warning and visibility in the rear.
Based on the 24 brother speed bike pile up on I-5 yesterday, it sounds like a lot of riders could use this light.
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