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I never had a problem with any previous bikes leaving the bike out in the cold for a few days, this one sucks all the life out of the battery in less than a week.
The battery was fine two weeks ago when I had it charged at a shop for the same reason.

I'm just ranting.
 

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Good plan. But I don't think my bike would pass CA emissions laws...or do I get grandfathered in or how does that work?
 

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Grandevil said:
Good plan. But I don't think my bike would pass CA emissions laws...or do I get grandfathered in or how does that work?
if you move to CA you dont have to pass emission laws. No smog checks for bikes here.

Only thing is if you're a CA native and buy out of state it has to have 6,500 miles before you can register it. I believe it's 6,500...correct me if I'm wrong someone.
 

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there is no way your battery should go dead in a week of sitting, hot or cold weather, something is wrong....even though it may have charged at the dealer, doesn't mean much unless they put on a batter analyzer and verified true operation of the battery per cell, etc...
 

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Grandevil said:
I never had a problem with any previous bikes leaving the bike out in the cold for a few days, this one sucks all the life out of the battery in less than a week.
The battery was fine two weeks ago when I had it charged at a shop for the same reason.

I'm just ranting.
You can push it over to my house so I have a track bike.
 

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Lover said:
There is not any emissions testing in Cali on bikes, so your good to go as long as it's an older bike and/or more then 7500 miles.
7500...I knew the magic number was around there somewhere.


Too bad 2smokes aren't street legal anymore. Well unless you did it a while back :frown

motomummy said:
It might be time for a new battery mel. How old is the battery?
Grab a voltmeter and a manual and start testing. Could be simple as replacing your battery or something more such as your charging system or something draining it by being constantly on.

I'd go with battery first tho
Cheaper and more than likely it's the problem.
 

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You could replace the battery and and test with voltmeter all day long , but unless you know where the current draw is you'll never fix it. If there is a draw anywhere in the system all the volt readings will show normal, What you need is OHM(resistance) checks for continuity to ground where it shouldn't be. You need to disconnect every component from the wiring harness, and check them for continuity to ground. If you isolate them and they all check out OK, then you need to disconnect all the ground attachment points of the harness to the frame. and check for continuity of the harness to the frame remember to check all wires including the negative side leads. If it was a positive lead you'd have a blown fuse. Send me a PM if you need help. I can help walk you through it..
 

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motomummy said:
It might be time for a new battery mel. How old is the battery?
I'm not entirely sure. I've had the bike a little over a year and a half and the bike itself is a 2004...so it's probably time for a new one.


I'm just a cheap (post)whore right now.
 

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You could replace the battery and and test with voltmeter all day long , but unless you know where the current draw is you'll never fix it. If there is a draw anywhere in the system all the volt readings will show normal, What you need is OHM(resistance) checks for continuity to ground where it shouldn't be. You need to disconnect every component from the wiring harness, and check them for continuity to ground. If you isolate them and they all check out OK, then you need to disconnect all the ground attachment points of the harness to the frame. and check for continuity of the harness to the frame remember to check all wires including the negative side leads. If it was a positive lead you'd have a blown fuse. Send me a PM if you need help. I can help walk you through it..
To be totally honest I have almost no idea of what you just said!:shock (I get the general ideas but a not sure what the volts should even read and how to set a voltmeter and all those little technicalities.)

I'm mechanically inclined but I don't know anything about electrical. I could have it checked at a shop, it would cost me but at least they would know what they're doing. I have the manual for the bike but I would need a more knowledgeable hand to help me out.

The bike does have an alarm on it but so did the bike I had before and it never had problem.

Does anyone know how much cold effects battery life? I know with some batteries (like lithium I believe) cold temperatures can decrease either the life or how long it holds a charge.
 

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I've seen many alarms installed that sucked a battery dry, and many that didn't. I have some trouble shooting charts that may help, I'll try to dig them up and post them for everybody..
 

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or you could come down to Florida with me:kiss
You have the perfect answer for all don't ya lol

To the OP I'm not sure why it is killign the battery, but something is. The hard part is tracing it down. might be the alarm....might not
 

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The electric current generated by a battery is produced when a connection is made between its positive and negative terminals. When the terminals are connected, a chemical reaction is initiated that generates electrons to supply the current of the battery. Lowering the temperature causes chemical reactions to proceed more slowly, so if a battery is used at a low temperature then less current is produced than at a higher temperature. As the batteries run down they quickly reach the point where they cannot deliver enough current to keep up with the demand. If the battery is warmed up again it will operate normally.
 

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or id could just be a bad cell in the battery. Same thing just happened to me. The dealership took the bike back and charged it up and said it will be fine. 2 weeks later same issue. I went back and threw the old battery on the c/s desk and said give me a new one or im gonna throw this old one through the front window. Lets just say the owner of the store came out and when he noticed it was me i was handed a brand new battery.

and no i don't have the right answer for all, just Mel:argue
 

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^^^


the cold weather you are experiencing is nothing to that battery. its currently -28 degrees here with the windchill and i know for a fact my bike will start up...it really hasnt been run in a couple weeks either...

...but my bike is a Yamaha R1 so its the best anyways:haha

i wouldnt be suprised if your battery is toast, it eventually happens to everyone...hopefully theres no draw in the system as they can be a total pain in the ass to find...Good luck
 
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