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1Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:58 am

MT350Explorer

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Hi Guys

Working on fixing the ABS and looking at battery health in the first instance (having discussed with Tosi most excellent ABS guru).

I have charged my battery for 36 hours and then left for 24. Charger indicates it is fully charged (green light on)

With the engine off and ignition on I am getting 11.78 volts from the battery.

Does this sound like a battery that needs to be replaced? Looking at my bundle of old receipts I think it is of Jan 2006 vintage.

It is between -4 and +6 Celsius here at the moment - to what extent could the cold affect battery voltage?

Is there anything else I should do to test battery health before digging deep and buying a new one?

Many thanks Very Happy
Dave


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2Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:35 am

RicK G

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I would expect a bit better from a good useable battery, up around 12.3 with the load of normal running drain and no charging.
Temperatures like you say will certainly affect a battery that is becomming marginal but a good fully charged one should be OK.


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3Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:25 am

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Thanks Rick.

Sounds like I need a new one. Next decision - which one!? Any brand or technical reccomendations welcome.

Cheers
Dave


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4Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:59 am

Inge K.

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Odyssey is recommended on a lot of BMW forums,
for a good average lifetime and high cranking amps.

It should be a L model to have the connections correctly placed,
you also need a adapter set.

Have a look in OG`s resto thread, where you can see some pictures.

I think Motorworks is a retailer of these batteries.


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5Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:39 pm

MT350Explorer

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Thanks Inge. Looks good, a bit on the pricey side just now. Yuasa seem OK, OEM on lots of bikes; a possibility. 🐱 (sorry my daughter liked this 'Emotion'!)
Cheers
Dave

http://www.mdsbattery.co.uk/shop/productprofile.asp?ProductGroupID=1903


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6Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:25 pm

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I used an Odessey for a number of years in my Airhead GS and would agree it is a good battery. But when it came time to change I did a bit more research and decided that the Westco battery was the best option. It was recommended by a guy called Richie Moore of Moorespeed Engineering. I haven't used the GS in 3 weeks and the temperatures here are 1 or 2 degrees, when I went out to it today it started within 3 seconds, the airhead takes a whole lot more power to start than the K so it should be more than capable. I ordered mine online from Tayna uk and found their service and prices good at the time.

    

7Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:37 pm

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Thanks electric monk, appreciate itr mate. I just ordered a Yuasa 53030 - I couldn't take the internet shopping experience any longer - just takes forever seraching through sites to find the best deal, it saps my will to live Mad; especially when some won't deliver up here, some don't include an acid pack etc etc etc.

Cheers
Dave


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8Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:16 pm

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Presently going through the same procedure.

My battery (new in May) gave 12.2V after sitting all night at 1degC or thereabouts. That's after normal riding the previous day.

I did also fit a 50 amp alternator from a R1100GS (for the whole long sad story look here Crying or Very sad ).

My own ABS computer is on the final leg of its journey home and should be with me on Tuesday.

Good luck...


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9Back to top Go down   Battery health Empty Re: Battery health Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:48 pm

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Hi Gerry,

Thanks for that mate, they are a bit tempremental eh? Wink

When I got the bike it had no 'brain' and Tosi sold me one - as luck would have it that was all it needed up to now.

I'll had a look at your thread - you're a braver man than me taking alook inside the brain!

Cheers
Dave


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