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1 hour ago, coxyhog said:

I tried today & it fired up straight away.There's a very friendly Harley independent in Watford & if it fires up tomorrow I'm going straight there & he'll check out the battery & the charger.If it doesn't then I'll take the battery & charger there by car.

Few years ago the missus unplugged the charger midwinter without me knowing so I needed a new battery.The very next winter the charger packed up so when I came to ride it I needed both.If I do need a new battery this will be it's 5th(inc. the first) in 17 years of ownership.Is that good or bad?....I have no idea as I've never owned a bike anywhere near that long before.I've always had it on a charger over the winters.

Most bike batteries deteriorate after about 3 years.I am on my second one in 5 years Replaced it a couple of years ago. 

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20 minutes ago, thegrogmonster said:

My scooter battery in Pattaya seems to die after a year or so. I reckon I’ve replaced the battery at least 15 times since I bought the scooter in 2001


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Cheap Chinese one?. 

I buy Yuasa which is a decent quality brand but still only lasts about 3 years. 

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2 minutes ago, galenkia said:

Cheap Chinese one?. 

I buy Yuaha which is a decent quality brand but still only lasts about 3 years. 

Did you mean Yuasa?

A quality flooded cell lead acid battery should last about 20 years when operated at 25°C. Each 10°C rise in temperature halves that. Where to most motorcycle batteries sit, fairly close to the engine. Vibrating the shit out of them in a motor vehicle doesn't do them much good either. Neither does deep cycle discharge/charging.

If you can afford it, go for an AGM (absorbent glass mat) battery. Twice the price for twice the life so you don't gain much there but it doubles the time between changing batteries.

 

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10 hours ago, fygjam said:

Did you mean Yuasa?

A quality flooded cell lead acid battery should last about 20 years when operated at 25°C. Each 10°C rise in temperature halves that. Where to most motorcycle batteries sit, fairly close to the engine. Vibrating the shit out of them in a motor vehicle doesn't do them much good either. Neither does deep cycle discharge/charging.

If you can afford it, go for an AGM (absorbent glass mat) battery. Twice the price for twice the life so you don't gain much there but it doubles the time between changing batteries.

 

I have been tempted to go for a Lithium Ion battery but its under my seat and I don't want it exploding and blowing my bollocks off. 😀

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14 minutes ago, galenkia said:

I have been tempted to go for a Lithium Ion battery but its under my seat and I don't want it exploding and blowing my bollocks off. 😀

A quick google says lithium replacement M/C batteries are lithium iron (LiFePO4) not lithium ion.

Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are a bit more user friendly than the Lithium Ion batteries which set your mobile phone on fire. It's a different chemistry.

Bloody expensive though.

 

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Well it looks like my charger was at fault,which is good news as a new charger was £60 & a new battery would be £160.

Only hiccup was changing the input lead on the bike as the bloody alarm kept going off,which is rather disconcerting when you've got your head just above the battery.HD alarms are a thing of mystery to many,including me.Anyway all done & I guess the neighbours are rather pleased about that.

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The Aristochats have understood where breakfast is best ....

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No, it are not our cats, but the resort being empty they have only the owners house and ours to eat. And I can't let them starve to death, I am not that bad.....

Miss says "give them rice".. She tried, them little animals aren't dumb they make the difference between proper food and plain rice... 😁😁😉😉😉

 

 

 

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On 5/18/2020 at 9:05 AM, boydeste said:

First visit to my big lake for 2 years!

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I really miss carp fishing. 

Such tranquility and beautiful weather to boot. 

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I am getting eye strain from all the reading I have been doing. Never had to take out my contact lenses in the early evening before.

 

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