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Thunderbird Twin - Technical Talk Technical talk for the big Thunderbird twin

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I recommend a battery tender. I always use one now and my battery life has doubled.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Yasua Battery ain't like it used to be

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I recommend a battery tender. I always use one now and my battery life has doubled.
My bike has been on a Tender since day 1 and if I'm on a long rotation of a few months then I have a friend start it a few times a month.

I have a few bikes and my 2008 Kaw has the original battery. My wives Suzuki had her Yasua battery croak after 7 months but we got a free one. I would have expected at least 3 years with a tender but it's not happening. A few of my friends report the same thing and agree it's best just to get a new battery every 2 years.

I would like to get more years so I switched to the Odyssey brand battery and will report back in 5 years! I had to get a very expensive new tender.

Almost went Shorai Lithium but they are too new and unprooven for years. Odessey has been out for a while and has a good track record. Lithium batts also need a specialized tender.

Sucks to get stranded.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Cool thanks a lot, took it to the dealer, so hoping for an update by the end of the week.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My bike has been on a Tender since day 1 and if I'm on a long rotation of a few months then I have a friend start it a few times a month.

I have a few bikes and my 2008 Kaw has the original battery. My wives Suzuki had her Yasua battery croak after 7 months but we got a free one. I would have expected at least 3 years with a tender but it's not happening. A few of my friends report the same thing and agree it's best just to get a new battery every 2 years.

I would like to get more years so I switched to the Odyssey brand battery and will report back in 5 years! I had to get a very expensive new tender.

Almost went Shorai Lithium but they are too new and unprooven for years. Odessey has been out for a while and has a good track record. Lithium batts also need a specialized tender.

Sucks to get stranded.
Well you are right about batteries not being what they used to be. But sometimes you just get a bad one. I have had them last 2 years and some 5 years. No way to know up front.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:56 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I recommend a battery tender. I always use one now and my battery life has doubled.
Just curious. Do you use a tender even if you are riding daily? I use one for storage but that's the only time. Seems like a tender isn't necessary if you are using the bike daily or even several times a week.
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for what it's worth my local dealer recommended using the tender after 2 weeks of sitting.

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My problem ended up being the rectifier, luckily I got it replaced on warranty. I'm going to ride it for a few days and hopefully that truly was the problem like they believe.
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My problem ended up being the rectifier, luckily I got it replaced on warranty. I'm going to ride it for a few days and hopefully that truly was the problem like they believe.
Thanks for the update.
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