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Old 07-08-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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battery question

so i went to start the ducati the other day everything turns on the fuel pump the headlights the horn everything works but it didnt have enough power to turn the bike over. i take the battery out put it on my charger. immediately its reading like 95% wait til it gets to 100% put it in the bike and she starts right up.

2 days later i go to start the bike again and the same problem.

do i need a new battery? can i add water too it? the battery is mounted sideways so wouldnt it be gel? the top has a long strip where it looks like you can peel it back and add water or something but it says do not remove.

is there a another way i can test to see if the battery is bad?

if i need a new battery where is the best place i can buy it?
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Sounds like it hold a static charge only.

I always try walmart first; since I can get a battery at anytime there day/night as I ride etc. Honda batteries aren't there; we needed to go to Motorcycles Unlimited for Gabby's. I have a load tester at work and a parasitic draw tester too... So long as you hadn't added anything electrical lately to the bike I wouldn't worry so much about a draw.
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:50 PM   #4
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after you start up your bike, you need to take your bike for a ride for at least 30 mins for the battery to charged up. by leaving it running, the idle actually draining the juice not charging it......Is it Yuasa?
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^^^depends on the bike but yes, bikes do charge better while the rpms are higher the idle. A bike should be able to idle until it loses all its fuel. If no then a stator may be going out or the electric load from aftermarket accessories are greater then the charge rate. Older, resistive cables or a disruptive ground can also cause problems. Clean the ground straps and the battery cable ends every few years to prevent starvation.
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If you replace battery make sure you get the right ones. My neighbor put one of those ones you get at walmart/autozone where you pour in the acid. Aparently since on the duc it holds it sideways you cannot use those.
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after you start up your bike, you need to take your bike for a ride for at least 30 mins for the battery to charged up. by leaving it running, the idle actually draining the juice not charging it......Is it Yuasa?
yeah it is a Yuasa. maybe ill charge start it up and take it out for a spin
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oem batterys for ducati's...cant put a cheapo in it..well you can but it would most likely end ugly..esp if you dropped it or layed it down.
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