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I jumped it after leaving the lights on all night. After riding 15 minutes it still wouldn't start, the ECU still cycled. After another 30 minutes of riding it would only start with the highbeam off. Is this normal charging time for motorcycles?
 

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The alternator on a bike is not quite built like a car, it is meant to keep the battery charged, not really to charge it from dead. Invest in a battery tender! those little buggars are the way to go!
 

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The alternator on a bike is not quite built like a car, it is meant to keep the battery charged, not really to charge it from dead. Invest in a battery tender! those little buggars are the way to go!
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Even on my new 08, if there's even a small chance that I won't be able to ride for a while (which happens this time of year, due to the weather), I hook her up to the battery tender, to keep her topped off. That way, I always know that I'm good to go! It's a small investment for piece of mind, IMHO.
 

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I have a question regarding this. I left my SV in the garage for a few months without a tender (I actually didn't think I'd be riding it again but that's a different story). I've been having to pop the clutch to get it to start every time now. Do I need to let it run for a few hours or am i going to have to get a new battery?
 

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battery tenders are way cheaper than a new battery, get one, hook it up...even if you only have to use it a couple times for a dead battery, it'll pay for itself..

booker..original battery??
still try a tender..
 

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I'm pretty sure this is the 2nd battery I've had. I can't imagine one lasting 6 years but then again I never recorded all the maintenance I've done to the bike either. I'll grab the tender and hook it up. Thanks :)
 
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