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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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SP2 won't start

So I went out for a ride today and everything was fine. A little hot, my engine temp hit 233. I pulled over to grab some water at a gas station and fill up my tank. Got a full tank and went to start it up, and nothing.

First time it sounded like it was going to turn over but it never did. Next few times, it didn't turn over at all, and just clicked. And now, it won't even click.

Not really understanding what could be wrong. I just had the 15,000 mile service performed. All new fluids. New spark plugs. Turn signals work albeit dimmer now, and the low beam is super dim. High beam doesn't come on at all.

I've had this for three years now, it's got just over 16,000 miles (got it with 10,000 miles), driven partial-year only, and have had it hooked up to a battery tender while in storage.

Is this as simple (hopefully) as I need to get a new battery?

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How old is the battery?



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I assume it's the original battery that came with it. I've never changed it. So at a bare minimum, 3 years old, if not original.

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I fathom a guess that this would be your issue....do a search for testing a battery. We have a mad genius by the name of Makis that posted a good method of doing this.



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Thanks madbuyer. I'm assuming at this moment that it's the battery. Problem is that it's stuck at a gas station now and they don't want me leaving it overnight, and a tow is $200. So I'm trying to change the battery now.

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Well.....if you lived closer to Indy, it would be no problem to load it on my trailer.



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Ahh I wish I lived near Indy

OK so...

I went out and bought a new battery. Not the brand I wanted, but it was in a pinch, and I 1) didn't feel like leaving my motorcycle parked in a gas station parking lot overnight at the exit of the Holland Tunnel, and 2) I didn't feel like shelling out $200 for a freakin' tow.

So, one of my friends picked me up and we went to Advanced Auto Parts (my first mistake) and according to their computer (my second mistake), found the right battery for the RC-51. Took it back to the gas station, unhooked the old battery, put in the new one, and 1) it was probably a good 6 inches taller than the battery that was in there, and 2) when I did finally get it hooked up, nothing happened. Not even the lights on the instrument panel lit up. WTF.

So then decided to read the battery manual. It came with a separate container of acid. That I had to fill the battery with. And let sit for an hour to let the gas escape. And then plug into a battery tender for 12 hours. Ain't nobody got time for that!

So I called a few friends to see if any of them had battery tenders (I lost mine when I moved). No one does. Weird for other riders, I suppose. And then one asked me if I jumped it. I said I didn't, and the manual says not to jump it with a car. He said F the manual, just do it.

And I was desperate. So I did it. And it worked! Yay! So I was able to drive home and secure it (yay!) and will be returning the Advanced Auto Parts battery tomorrow, and ordering a new one online.

Which leads me to this: any recommendations on a new battery?

And thanks for your help earlier, madbuyer (and generous trailer offer, had I lived closer to Indy).

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Guys are raving about the Shorai brand batteries ... but they ain't cheap!
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Thanks extrapolator. I did some searching. I'm PM'ing RiderWarehouse to see if they sell the Alien Motion LiFePO4, and if they do, then I have it narrowed down to either the Alien Motion LiFePO4 or a Shorai LFX Lithium LFX18A1-BS12. Maybe I should start a poll...

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I picked up a Balistic evo 2 last year and that thing rocks. Only 1.5lbs I think. I think I payed around $150 for it. Every 8lbs shed is good for 1hp! Did you try to push start your bike? I hear it's a bitch on an RC. I've done my VFR a few times and that was no big deal.
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