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Old 10-01-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Was just wondering if my battery is going to need replacing. My DN seems to be cranking slower and sometimes a minus figure comes up while cranking where the D is shown on the right side of the instrument cluster.
I bought my bike in March of 2011 brand new from the dealer and I'm sure a new battery was installed at that time. I had the local Honda Dealer to check the state of charge on my battery and they said it was fine but I just don't want to be caught out some where and the battery die on me!
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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If mine sits for more than a week, I put the battery tender on it. The batteries in these things are barelly adequate. And they only have an 800w alternator.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:48 AM   #3
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Yes, I keep mine on a Battery Tender also, but I do know from experience that even though the charge light on the tender glows green that does not mean that your battery is good.
I also noticed today when I removed the rear seat so I could see the battery that when I depressed the starter button that there is a loud click coming from the hot (positive) side of the battery. I checked to see if the connection was tight on the positive and negative terminals and they were!
So I don't know if this loud click is normal or not, can't say that I ever noticed it before?
Does your's do this?
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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Mine clicks loud when starting .
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:05 AM   #5
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Mine clicks loud when starting .
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:40 AM   #6
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a bit more than two years ago, I was left stranded when my Battery crapped out. I had simply left my 'hazard lights' on while dropping of some mail. Approximately 10-15 minutes. I was pissed.

Long story short, in my CX500 I had installed a Shorai Lithium Ion battery - at least 3 years prior. I moved this battery into the DN-01 and haven't looked back. It's about 1/4 or 1/3 of the weight and size of the OEM battery, and doesn't need removed over the off season.

I have never had to put it on 'tender' to keep it topped up.
Come springtime this past year, I put the key in, and it fired on first pull. (after being left alone since Mid-November)

Honestly... how often have you ever left your car for a week and said- 'oh, but that's okay, I'll just leave it on the tender, it'll start right up'...NEVER.

Why do we put up with inferior batteries on motorcycles. Especially now that there are fewer and fewer that still have kick-starts as a back up. We should be demanding better, for sure from the OEM battery 2 years was pathetic in mine's case.
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:22 AM   #7
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Original battery still going strong after 6 years, when on the over winter lay-up it is left on the bike and connected to a Optimate 3 smart charger.
When I use the bike I test the battery now and again on starting and charging with a Optimate tec mate battery tester.
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After a long cold frigid winter, I had left my Shorai battery in the bike and yesterday was the first time since November that I started the bike.

Proof is in the video. This battery is now over 4 years old. It has spent every winter in an un-heated shed. It has never been charged by an exterior source. (only while the bike is running) - and I have never 'boosted' the battery/bike.

Here is the video of my first start in 2016: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=video%2cmp4

I'm never going back to Lead/Acid batteries. These are more expensive, but the lack of head aches is priceless.
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After a long cold frigid winter, I had left my Shorai battery in the bike and yesterday was the first time since November that I started the bike.

Proof is in the video. This battery is now over 4 years old. It has spent every winter in an un-heated shed. It has never been charged by an exterior source. (only while the bike is running) - and I have never 'boosted' the battery/bike.

Here is the video of my first start in 2016: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=video%2cmp4

I'm never going back to Lead/Acid batteries. These are more expensive, but the lack of head aches is priceless.
Well, I can`t discuss about my battery because of my riding style at work. I just start, ride a few km, then stop. And again and again. So because of it, I`m buying a new battery every riding season, no matter what charger I`ve used. I`ve tried YUASA, Varta, Bosh etc. Now I`m just buying the cheapest one.
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:27 AM   #10
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Still on my original battery, 2009 DN-01, 21,796 miles, on 3/4 amp automatic battery charger/maintainer (Battery Maintainer 750 Superline Dura Boost), in non-heated garage, in Florida, when not riding.
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