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Offline 13volunteer

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How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:28:59 PM »
I bought a new 2015 TEX XC in August of 2016.  In two years I've put around 4,500 miles on it.  Otherwise, I keep it plugged into a battery tender. 

I was out for about an hour today and when I got back I plugged it in.  It seemed to take longer for the tender light to go from yellow to green.

About how long do these batteries last?  I'd rather waste some money and change too soon rather than be stranded at some gas station in Bugtussle Hollow, USA.

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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 10:55:09 PM »
I bought my bike new in Sept 2014. It’s now done over 30,000 miles and the originall battery still starts it as if it’s a brand new bike.

I’ve read quite a few articles that have said leaving them hooked up to trickle chargers slowly kills them. I’ve never used one so can’t comment but my battery has never struggled to start the bike even after a 3 month lay-up when I was ill and couldn’t ride.

I’ve never used trickle chargers on any of my bikes and have never had a battery run down, that’s over a 10 year period.
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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 11:04:24 PM »
My 2014 with 23k is still going strong. Never use a charger even in the winter, I do take a small jump pack on long trips JIC.

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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2018, 04:07:29 AM »
This comes from the Yuasa Battery web site. Many factors contribute to battery life. I personally change my battery every 4 years. I would rather do that than get stuck with a sudden dead battery.

Many factors affect the life of a battery:
Climate: Colder climates tend to be hard on batteries from a starting standpoint, and for the fact that many people put their bikes away for the season when not using. Sometimes without charging properly. Hotter climates tend to discharge batteries quicker, and dry out batteries quicker. “Average” climates are the best for long battery life.
Usage: A battery that is used every day has the most chance of living a long life. Batteries that sit a lot, many times are neglected. This shortens overall life. Periodic charging is the best defense.
Application: How well is the battery charged in the vehicle? Some vehicles have better charging systems than others. Older bikes have worse charging systems than new ones. Are there a lot of extra accessories on your vehicle? Sometimes a battery has a hard time keeping up with additional electrical drains, thus wearing it out quicker.
Negative Factors:
Sulfation: A build up of crystals on the plates of a battery. This comes from not charging a battery properly. The more sulfation that builds up, the harder the battery is to charge, until finally it does not charge at all.
Water Loss: Can come from overcharging, or just simple evaporation over time. This only happens with conventional batteries. This does not happen with sealed AGM batteries. Once the plates of a battery are left open to the air, above the fluid level, they can corrode very quickly. Corrosion can cause an internal short, and very quickly destroy the battery. Keeping proper water levels maintained is very important.
Lack of Charging: As mentioned previously, lack of proper charging is the main reason that a battery will not last as long as it should. At the very minimum, a battery should be charged once a month if left unused.
Complete Drain: Have you ever left your key on, and totally killed the battery? If recovered in a short time period, the battery should charge back to 100%. But every time this happens, it is similar to the battery having a “heart attack”, and shortening its overall life. Always turn your vehicle off with the keyed ignition switch, not the “kill switch”.
Better Battery Choice:
AGM: Sealed AGM batteries typically last 3 to 5 years on average. 6 to 8 years is easily obtainable with proper maintenance. Typically sealed AGM batteries will give warning before completely dying. They will start slower, and require more charging. This is your clue to replace the battery. Typically they do not fail all of a sudden.
Conventional: Conventional “acid-filled” batteries have a harder life, for many of the reasons listed above. Conventional batteries typically only last 2 to 3 years on average. Although, 4 to 5 years is possible, in the best environments, and with excellent maintenance.

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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2018, 10:05:23 AM »
It’s a a shame they don’t comment on the use of trickle chargers. The info on the life of conventional batteries surprises me though as I’ve been on the road for 45 years with numerous cars and bikes and haven’t had to replace a battery in anything since the 1980’s.
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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2018, 10:13:47 AM »
My bike is over 3 years old and left for quite a few weeks over the winter without starting and still not had any issues.
I used to use an optimate until I have regulator issues with a previous bike and the optimate kept hiding the problem by recharging the battery.
It was on;lly when I set off on a long trip with autocom and sat nav fired up plus lights and the problem was highlighted 60 miles from home.

Optimate is now somewher in the back of the shed and never been used since
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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2018, 03:46:35 PM »
*Originally Posted by NH [+]
It’s a a shame they don’t comment on the use of trickle chargers. The info on the life of conventional batteries surprises me though as I’ve been on the road for 45 years with numerous cars and bikes and haven’t had to replace a battery in anything since the 1980’s.

????
You must not keep vehicles very long.

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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2018, 05:04:39 PM »
When I parted with it this year my late 2012 Explorer had the original battery still working perfectly. That bike would lie up for up to six weeks at a time over winter and lived outdoors under a cover. I never had to use a charger on the battery. My ride outs were never less than 150kms and the bike had 55,000kms on it when I sold it.

My 89 Dominator was purchased second hand in September 2013. Its battery exhibited a little bit of reluctance to start just once after a long winter lay up but after a charge on that occasion there has been no further problem to date.

As such both batteries have more than 5 years on them.

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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2018, 05:09:31 PM »
*Originally Posted by FredJ9 [+]
????
You must not keep vehicles very long.

Generally keep cars 3 - 6 years, some new and some older. Always at least two cars in the driveway plus a bike in the garage. Maybe just lucky but I can’t even remember the last car I replaced a battery on. Never changed or charged a bike battery.  :002:
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Re: How long does your OEM Tex battery normally last?
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2018, 06:38:52 PM »
14 plate with 8k and had to change the battery last week. dead as a dodo

 


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