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Old 09-22-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Average battery life

I'm wondering if anyone knows the average battery life of a 2011 zx6r? The bike's about 6months old and I drive ~60mph a day to and from work and I've started noticing an occassional ignition issue. Every 5th startup, or so, it sounds like it's straining to turn over. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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this sounds about normal. The age and yr. model of the bike dont have as much to do with battery life as proper maintenance and care. Have you purchased a tender/maintainer from walmart or other such place yet? They used to be had for $20.00 but recently walmart switched brands to some new geeky motorcycle type that looks to not function as well as their old one so i'd look in other places

but also brand of battery makes a difference too, im guessing your battery is OEM which is not bad per se, but there are alternatives out there (doesnt mean to go out and buy a new one by any means, use what you got until it collapses a cell) start with a trickle charger and see if that will get the battery back up to par.


Also, autozone will charge your battery for you for free, hopefully the counter-salesmen will know not to charge your battery like a trucks battery though, that would be bad. PLUS a trickle charger is something you'll want to have in your collection of gadgets anyways.

I'd look into the trickle charger and maintainer combo. Sometimes they're ubiquitously worded in the packaging anyways. Also sometimes they come with a terminal pigtail. I've had bad luck with these pigtails sometimes causing the battery to slowly die, and eventually from the stress begin to leak fluid etc. effectively killing the battery. I would go against the included pigtail (it makes charging the sucker easy, by adding a pigtail underneath your seat) but also, leaves the battery succeptible to drain, such is in my experience. YMMV
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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Picked up a battery maintenance kit, thanks for the help!
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #5
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I'm still on my 6 1/2 year old battery with 45k on it. The bike even sat for 7 months without being ridden and I charged it up and it's still starting the bike just fine. Your OEM is a Yuasa, which is a great brand.
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Well, charged it up and she's fine. Took hardly any time at all. Thanks again for the advice.
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I'm still on my 6 1/2 year old battery with 45k on it. The bike even sat for 7 months without being ridden and I charged it up and it's still starting the bike just fine. Your OEM is a Yuasa, which is a great brand.
Mine is 4 years old, 30k miles, stock kawasaki battery (also a ysasa I think).

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Battery is most important part in each and every electronic product. Here I get such great details about battery life. There are many different features and facility in battery life.
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You can't put a time frame on a battery life, it could last years...
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