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Old 02-11-2019, 08:41 AM
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2-3 years is the norm here for me in la. heat is worse on a battery than cold.
Old 02-11-2019, 10:08 AM
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Even though this is not a Harley, I bought an '05 DRZ400s back in July '07. Battery was toast when I bought, so first thing was put new battery in it. Rode that bike a lot that summer. Winter came and bike sat in garage, unridden for about 3 months. Had a nice day, so took bike out and found battery was dead. Thats when I found out that the DRZ's ate batteries and needed to be on a tender if sitting. I bought a new battery, along with a battery tender in early '08. That battery is still in the bike. When not being used, it stays plugged in to the tender.
Now my '12 Heritage still has the factory battery, but it is time to replace it. Started getting a little weak last year.
Old 02-11-2019, 10:17 AM
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I change every 21/2 to 3 years. You can tell when it starts, maybe cranks little more, volts so on. anyway cheep maintenance, By the way when it goes it goes not much warning.
Old 02-11-2019, 11:17 AM
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For a $100 though Battery Mart i'll just replace it every 3 years, no matter what. I hate jump starting bikes.
Old 02-11-2019, 08:51 PM
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I generally change my battery at around the 2 yr mark. At my age that 950 lbs is just too much to push around. Usually have some other piece of equipment in need of a battery. If not that someone else is in need of a free battery.
Old 02-11-2019, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by mmesa005 View Post
I always keep my battery on a charger/maintainer and have found this video helpful for deciding how to best maintain your battery.
That video is a little outdated - it shows the use of an old fashioned "trickle charger" which can overcharge, whereas these days the smart battery tenders can be left on indefinitely.

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