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Ok so again I killed battery by not running bike in the winter. I plan to jump start it today, but my question is... How long would I have to ride it to recharge it back to normal (assuming I didn't kill it for good)
 

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Chances are good the battery has one or more shorted (dead) cells. You could have it load tested but I'd be willing to bet that battery is toast. Get a new battery.

After you get the new battery take the time to buy a Battery Tender or an equivalent. They sell for about $30 shipped on ebay - most auto supply stores also carry them. You'll pay less than half the price of the battery and it will extend battery life by many years - it should save you more than the price of this little device the first year - it did for me. I bought a used 2001 Harley in 2005 with an 'iffy' battery. I put a new battery in and stuck it on a battery tender whenever I wasn't riding it - summer and winter - I only replaced the battery 7 years later because I was selling the bike and didn't want the new owner to have battery related issues. It was testing marginally good - not good enough in my book. I also use a tender on my SUV since it sits for several weeks at a time this time of year.

If ever there were a 'no-brainer' when it comes to batteries its the idea of putting a tender on any battery that sits over the winter without being ran. Since the battery tender has a micro-processor it does not 'trickle' charge the battery. Trickle chargers left on a battery probably kill as many batteries as pure neglect does.
 

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Oh no big problem for me, I bought that battery last year and they say that even if I kill it I can bring it back and they will exchange it, but this time I will buy battery tender :).
 

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http://www.jafrum.com

has Battery Tender JR. on sale for $19.99 right now....
that's about half price....I've got 2 of them.
 

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magdalene said:
Ok so again I killed battery by not running bike in the winter. I plan to jump start it today, but my question is... How long would I have to ride it to recharge it back to normal (assuming I didn't kill it for good)
About 30 - 40 Minutes or So on the freeway, is the Riding time for putting power back into the battery..

Elliott,
 

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Elliott Larron said:
magdalene said:
Ok so again I killed battery by not running bike in the winter. I plan to jump start it today, but my question is... How long would I have to ride it to recharge it back to normal (assuming I didn't kill it for good)
About 30 - 40 Minutes or So on the freeway, is the Riding time for putting power back into the battery..
Elliott,
I would make sure that 30-40 minute ride ended up back at home. :wink:
 
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