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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well it is that time of year here in the southern US. Went out to start the 2010 Scrambler, pulled off the cover, put in the key, turn the switch, pull in the clutch, hit the start button. CLICK!!!!

Turn to the wife who is kind enough to close the gate behind me any day she is at home and say, I'll ride your bike today. Put the cover back on the Scrammie and uncover the 2002 Bonnie. She decides to start it for me while I am putting her cover away and what should I hear. Wrrr wrrr wrrr wrrr ugh, wrrr wrr ugh, ugh.

Needless to say I drove the truck today. Thank goodness it started. Even though the truck battery is less than a year old I fully expected it not to start based on the morning average.

I see new batteries in my future.

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Battery tender is your friend. One of my good friends has a passionate hatred for the 'tenders, I found this out when I purchased the tender for her as a gift 2 years ago, along with an extra pigtail for their 2 bikes and she prefers buying new batteries (she doesn't ride frequently) to using the tenders.

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Optimate chargers have a desulfation cycle that the Tenders don't have. Just another choice for a maintenance charger. I've used Tenders for yrs, but I may switch over to the Optimate.
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My 06 bonnie is still on the same battery. the only starting problems I have had is once, when I discovered the parking light position on the ignition switch, and when the igniter quit. the efi bikes have a different problem, one in the program that will nt allow the starter to run even if the battery is good. My sons thruxton had that problem, and put in a bypass switch, search for the starting problem, I think it was Forchetto that describes how to do that. Dan was worried about riding to work and not being able to start, since he coldnt use a battery tender there.

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post #5 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 01:53 PM
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I've been using a Deltran tender for years now...particularly since I am back to four seasons and occasional rain. I don't get to ride as frequently these days (work), but the bike is always a go when I do. My '07 has its original battery (despite the scattered use), and that's good enough for me.

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The Scrambler battery has been questionable since I bought it but not bad enough to get it replaced under warranty. The bike was 2 years old when I purchased it and I have had it for just over a year.

I get the feeling the battery was abused in the dealership by installing and charging it and then letting it die. How many times this occured, who knows. Since almost no one allows test rides anymore they don't have a need to keep the battery charged.

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In the case of the Wet MF type batteries make sure the correct commissioning procedure is carried out otherwise the battery won't perform or last as long as it should.

Commissioning errors are aggravated by the fact that these batteries are delivered dry-charged with their own individual special acid cellular pack, the acid being of a higher concentration & density than standard battery acid. This acid has to be allowed to trickle from it’s special pack into the battery slowly, to avoid trapping bubbles, then the battery has to stand while the acid is fully absorbed before being given a pre-delivery 30 minute charge, not from a battery tender or trickle charger, best use a proper charger.

Field studies by motorcycle manufacturers have shown that around half of all MF battery warranty claims arise from errors in commissioning procedure.

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Battery Tender, don't care what brand it probably don't matter. Once I get to where I don't ride at least once a week, it goes on. 10K miles later, 2 1/2 years, still on original battery and it fires up as soon as I hit the button.

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I have the original battery in my '11 T100. We are routinely getting below freezing at night. I haven't had an issue with it starting yet.
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Shori 18 A and a shori charger ,only way to go.
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