Proactice Battery Replacement Question - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2005, 5:39 pm Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 80
Question Proactice Battery Replacement Question

I am still using my original battery on my 2001 K1200RS and am experiancing no problems.....even in the cold weather up here in Canada. I make sure it is topped up once per season and keep it on a charger during the winter. Have any of you changed your battery due to age alone so that you do not experiance a sudden failure at an inopertune time?
leonard is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2005, 5:52 pm
tmh
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 16
Most modern batteries do not fail suddenly. You should see some warning signs as your battery is going "soft", like headlight at night dimming at idle/brightening with throttle, or dimming/brightening when the turn signal is on.

You are doing the best for your battery by maintaining the electrolyte level and keeping it topped-off on a maintenance charger. Lead acid batteries hate to be discharged and re-charged. Causes sulfation of the plates, which essentially removes plate surface from exposure to the electrolyte and therefore reduced capacity. Keeping lead acid batteries topped-up at all times reduces deposition of sulfates. Certain chargers (BatteryMinder) actually use a cycle which includes short pulses of "charge reverse" which supposedly restores sulfated plates somewhat. I'm not sure that this really works, but I buy those types of chargers/maintainers anyway, just in case it does.

I don't think that you really need to replace your battery until it starts showing some signs of deterioration.

Tom
tmh is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2005, 8:16 pm
Throttle Jockey
 
rickd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Pembroke, MA, USA
Posts: 1,718
I have the original battery in my 1998 Ducati and it is still functioning. Like you, I keep the fluid level topped up and on a battery tender every time it is parked. I did replace the original battery in my 2001 K bike this past summer when it showed signs of failing.
rickd is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 1:28 pm Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 80
Thanks for the replies.I guess I will also just wait for any of the sighns of failure and save myself some money.
leonard is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 1:37 pm
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,351
I HAVE had modern batteries fail suddenly and totally, without warning.

The battery in Island Tony's K12 recently took a dump - I don't know how old it was, it was on a Battery Tender and had zilch when he arrived at my N GA house for DGR (fortunately we had a spare battery ready to go in).

Anything beyond maybe 3 years is borrowed time. $70 or so for peace of mind seems money well spent.

Plus, if the old battery seems to have life left in it, keep it on a trickle charger for emergencies or backup 12v power.
fasteddieb is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 1:45 pm
Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: , , UK
Posts: 3,750
Modern batteries can actually fail suddenly like zilch output with no warning. I think it's because they get the plates as close together as they can to up the cranking current. As posted, allow 3 years then change it. Confidence in your battery is an easier ride than using a breakdown service in bad weather miles from anywhere in the middle of the night.



Never pay again for live sex! | Hot girls doing naughty stuff for free! | Chat for free!
voxmagna is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 2:03 pm
Addict
 
jimmm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Payson, AZ, USA
Posts: 796
I had a battery also fail. Bike started fine,ran maybe 2 miles then dead.
I used to change them every year 20 years ago. I think new batteries are better and been getting about 3 years out of them before I trash them. I ride year round so they stayed charged to.
Question tho, what brands seem to be the better ones these days?
jimmm is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 2:32 pm
Throttle Jockey
 
rickd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Pembroke, MA, USA
Posts: 1,718
Quote:
Originally Posted by jimmm
Question tho, what brands seem to be the better ones these days?
Odyssey (AGM), WestCo (AGM), BMW (Exide gel), Yuasa-Exide (lead acid).
rickd is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 3:13 pm
Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: , , UK
Posts: 3,750
I now use a tender (intelligent charger) and plug it in after every ride, Summer or Winter. Putting some juice in balances the drain from alarms etc and keeps the battery temperature up for cold morning starts. Check the electrolyte levels more often though on lead acid. I ride with lights on so short winter rides can take out more than the alternator can put in.

The ABS lights used to come on soon after taking off on a cold morning start - with the tender they don't anymore. I think you get longer battery life if you regularly crank on a warm charged battery, rather than a cold partially discharged one. I haven't seen any 'fungus' (sometimes signs of a failing battery) around the terminals for ages.

Although it doesn't check for 'sudden death' if you crank over with the lights on and ignition disabled, you shouldn't measure less than about 9.5 to 10 volts across the battery terminals.



Never pay again for live sex! | Hot girls doing naughty stuff for free! | Chat for free!

Last edited by voxmagna; Oct 28th, 2005 at 3:17 pm. Reason: correction
voxmagna is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ztechnik SHORT windshield owners, I have a question BoxercupNowell K1200RS/GT (Classic) 12 Jun 8th, 2012 5:51 am
Battery Charger For K1200S: Word from Deltran Pirate K12/1300S 15 Dec 23rd, 2005 7:25 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome