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Mine failed last week on my 2011 purchased November 2011. Could have been it sat on the showroom floor for a while, but the staff there uses maintainers on their bikes and mine was pre-wired with the charger harness.

The Burgy uses the exact same size battery as my 26,000 mile 2008 China scoot, (whose OEM battery lasted a lot longer than the one in the Suzuki :( ) until I replaced it last year with a Wally Mart Everstart, so I got another for the Burgy. Rarely do my scooters sit more than a week, and one or the other is driven daily.

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An unfortunate fact of life is that vehicle manufacturers create specifications for individual components, like batteries, and then put them out to bid; then, very often the winning bid is also the "lowest" bid. This sort of purchase frequently manifests itself in complete correlation with a rule/law I have enumerated over my years--CliffyK's 1st law of acquisition--to wit:

"If you buy the cheapest there is, there is a very good chance you will get the cheapest there is."

It is not always true, however it is true more often than not...
 

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One Things about these maintainers Chargers is Over time it will Boil all The Water from the Cells, And Kill the battery real Quick. I Took the Top Plastic Seal off the Top of the Motobatt Battery and found Rubber Plugs where Fluid is kept So filled each one with Distilled water. I Always give People tips to check there Fluid Water Levels Often as possible even after Hot Summers.

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Today is not a riding day for me (-7C), so I will reconfigure my garage. A good time to take a look at the failed battery and see if it has boiled out. It was undeniably HOT in 2012 . My Burgman charges at 14.2 VDC measured at the terminals and I have a volt meter on the bike to alert me of any issues. Suzuki mounts the battery in a great spot, plenty of cooling and no where near the engine or radiator. My China scoot is mounted forward of the under seat storage, in a compartment above the engine, so it does get warm, I have it charging at 13.9 VDC.

I don't typically run a maintainer in the peak riding season. The chargers I have are a BatteryMinder 12112 that is several years old and is excellent. It maintains at 13.15 VDC 1.0A MAX and de-sulfates continually. During the riding season it is on my 8 year old household Deep Cycle emergency batteries.

I also have a Schumacher 1526A that I usually use on the lawn tractor and sometimes the Burgman. It maintains at 13.3 VDC and has a peak current of 1.5 A.

I have ordered a NOCO genius G1100 charger, which is a seven step charger maintainer. It seems to have great credentials and with the BatteryMinder being hard to find lately and possibly a better choice, I wanted to give it a try. I will put it on my China scoot and use the BatteryMinder on the Burgman during the Winter. The battery I got at walmart is a ES9BS and it wasn't cheap, but fit like a glove.

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No problem with the original battery in my '08 400, and I was just on it Saturday. I suspect its days are numbered, though, and I will keep a close eye on it. I don't let it go more than two or three weeks without being used or charged.
 
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