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As some of you may know, I bought my 2011 400 at the end of riding season that year. In fact, I managed 1 ride for 100 miles before the cold weather set in. I did a couple of hour-long jaunts the following spring. However, we ended up having a crazy summer - buying property, selling our house, buying another house in a state of disrepair and re-doing it pretty much from top to bottom. As a result, there was no time for anything fun like riding the Burgie. Since I now live about 3 miles from work, I found riding to work was not enough to keep the battery charged without some additional riding time. And as luck would have it, there were no working outlets at that time in the garage into which I could plug a float charger to keep the battery in good order. Needless to say, when the weather dried up here this spring, the battery was dead. After leaving it connected to my Battery Tender Jr. for a couple of days, the indicator was solid green meaning fully charged and maintaining. So, I went for a nice 2 hour ride to get myself reacquainted with riding last Sunday. Also hoping to have done a decent job letting the battery refresh. Since then, I have had the bike on the tender. I had been afraid to do that due to possible over-charging but have read of several folks on the forum here who do that. Anyway, went out to ride this evening. Got all geared up, unplugged the tender from my pigtail, climbed aboard, turned the key and the system reset. When I raised the side stand and hit the starter, the engine tried to turn over but just did not have enough umph.

I am thinking that after all the time sitting unridden, the battery may well beyond the point of no return. Would you all recommend just replacing it at this point and then riding regularly to keep it charged? I also intend to plug into the jr. when not riding.

Thanks!

MJ :?
 

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Your battery may be shot but seems it should last longer. However, I think that your three mile ride to work, along with a pre ride warm up and an occasional detour should keep the battery charged. My morning ride to the gym is only a mile in each direction and sometimes that is all the riding I do and it has no trouble keeping battery up. Not the best for the scooter, though.
 

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Thanks all! Just ordered a Adventure Power UTX9 from Impact Battery. Thanks so the BKB for the recommendation on replacement batteries. Hopefully I will be back on the road in 3-4 days. :thumbup:
 

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Installed the new battery Thursday night and have ridden 200 trouble-free miles since this weekend and now have my Burgman grin back!!!! :D

Going out for a quick run for gas in the morning to warm the bike up then doing the 600 mile oil & filter change and checking the bolts as best I can without removing the plastics. Thanks to all the helpful info on the forum, it should be a fairly simple procedure. :thumbup:
 
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