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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Took my 2005 GL1800 out for a ride today. Due to passenger complaints, I had to stop the bike and turn it off three times in less than a mile. When I tried to start it after the last stop, the battery produced only a clicking sound.

I walked home, got a car and jumped off the wing.

My question is, should I get a new battery or is four starts in quick succession enough to wear down an OK battery?
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In my opinion it shouldn't be..... unless you are running loads of heated gear for you and your passenger and had the heated grips and seat, front and back, running at full tilt.... then maybe. But anytime a battery seems to be failing or failed, it is also a good reason to make sure the alternator is charging properly, but it takes a well charged battery to check it correctly. A poorly operating alternator could also cause the battery symptoms.

I personally have installed a volt meter to help keep track of it all.
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Thanks. Not running any accessories so I guess it may be time to get a new battery. I will probably worry about it every time I go out if I don't get a new one.
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Thanks. Not running any accessories so I guess it may be time to get a new battery. I will probably worry about it every time I go out if I don't get a new one.
My battery is coming up on it's 10 year anniversary next year. Your last sentence expresses my thoughts too !

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My battery is coming up on it's 10 year anniversary next year. Your last sentence expresses my thoughts too !

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He is talking about the one in his bike not the one in his pacemaker.
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He is talking about the one in his bike not the one in his pacemaker.
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I am a VERY BIG believer in having the voltmeter on my bike. My 1500 had an alternator die..... if I would have had a voltmeter I would have know soon enough to at least stop and pull some fuses and made it home or have not left in the first place.

That was my first install when I got my 1800 as well. Last summer it let me know that the battery was starting to have weird charging symptoms on hot days..... replaced the battery and all was right with the world again.

Volt meters are easy to install...... and you can get by by just tapping into any ignition activated positive and some ground. Just have to have a good meter on the battery the first time you are ready to fire off the bike. check the voltage at the battery with just the switch in the one position, compare the two volt meters, then do the same again after bike is running. So, I know, that my digital voltmeter on my bike is exactly one volt lower than what a good meter says hooked directly to the battery. That is all you need, is that control number. That also makes the warning part of the voltmeter that I have activate sooner, which I think is a good thing, it blinks when the voltage gets down to 12. I like that extra little advanced notice. Can't push a Wing very easy.

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A volt meter is never a bad addition. 8 years on a 1200 taught me that.

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My battery is coming up on it's 10 year anniversary next year. Your last sentence expresses my thoughts too !

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I don't see how you get 10 years out of a battery, or why you would even leave it in that long. I would change batteries about ever 3 - 4 years just because. And I always put it on a tender when I park it in my garage. We would always take 3 - 4 week vacations a couple timers a year and I would not want to try and find a battery when I'm in some small town in the middle of nowhere



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I don't see how you get 10 years out of a battery, or why you would even leave it in that long. I would change batteries about ever 3 - 4 years just because. And I always put it on a tender when I park it in my garage. We would always take 3 - 4 week vacations a couple timers a year and I would not want to try and find a battery when I'm in some small town in the middle of nowhere
That's why I'm getting one next year.

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