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post #9081 of 9283 Old 04-28-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Dam how long can a battery last, was thinking of getting a new one to replace the original in the 2012 nk1 but man the old battery turns the bike over great.

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Mark, the OEM battery, in my c14 lasted up until March of 2017. The bike is an 08, so figure it was assembled in late 07 or early 08. Plus, the old battery was not dead. I think it had another year in it. I would have punched it longer, but the battery in it is buried. Very hard to jump start, if needed, so it was time to start that clock over.

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Dam how long can a battery last, was thinking of getting a new one to replace the original in the 2012 nk1 but man the old battery turns the bike over great.
It depends a lot on how it was treated. I ride year around so the bike never sits more than a week or two and typically get 7-9 years out of a battery. I run a voltmeter and so I can tell when it's not holding it's charge very well. With regular use AGM batteries tend to die very friendly. That is, you'll notice it's cranking slower and slower long before it gets to the point of failing to start the bike.
All bets are off if it's been abused, e.g. allowed to run completely flat.
A garage check, if you have a meter: After returning from a ride of at least 20 minutes, shut the bike down and in a couple minutes measure the voltage at the battery. It should read 12.7-12.8VDC. Let it sit for 2-3 days and measure again and it should still read >=12.5VDC and should stay that way for a few weeks.

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Dam how long can a battery last, was thinking of getting a new one to replace the original in the 2012 nk1 but man the old battery turns the bike over great.
I had to replace the oem battery (2014) about fours years from new. I noticed slow cranking a couple of months out. There were a couple of times where the bike sat idle with no trickle for 2 or 3 months. I now have a Tusk Lithium sfsg...
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I'm glad the first ride is over! That's a tough one, and nice to have behind you.

I'm enjoying the hell out of that light flywheel. Figure the same power, but delivered 20% faster. Engine braking is gone, too. Too many years of riding g two strokes to ever appreciate being g able to use the engine as a brake. I almost wish I'd tried to remove another few ounces, but no complaints where I'm at now. I'm getting unexpected wheelies, and that's always fun. Vibration is just like the stock bike, so no issues.

It was good to get it out of the way. Too bad today sucks or i'd be on it now.



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Yahoo Rocky is riding again, bike was looking good and probably still feels new to you.

I only rode it two weeks before the winter kicked in so it did feel really new. Had the first service while it was stored at my friends dealership as I somehow managed to get 550 miles on it in the couple of weeks I rode it in December, so I did open it up a bit yesterday which was nice.



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6 months if your bike's a KTM
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Those factory yaesau batteries are hard to beat for reliability, I finally got me a good 3 hour ride in today it was so hot that’s all i wanted

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Those factory yaesau batteries are hard to beat for reliability
@Mark59 they really are good batteries. I can only recall once mine didn't start the bike and that was after setting for two week's while I was out of town with a 3amp USB twin port charger left plugged in. Took a charge and is still going today though. Hoping I get as many years out of mine that you are.

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Our Lexus rx 350. eats batteries.. How bad? You get 13.6v out of a brand new alternator,. The last two batteries have been free. Never made it out of Autozones 3 yr wattanty.....now that I'm saying this, I wonder if they have motorcycle batteries? It wont be a yuasa, but they do stand behind their batteries.

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Our Lexus rx 350. eats batteries.
Its amazing that a 12v system can handle modern vehicles. It says alot about technology today and engineers learning to prioritize functions and proper sequencing. Now if I could just convince my wife she doesn't really need the headlights to stay on for 90 seconds. LOL

When was it that Most US manufacturers changed from 6 to 12 volt..... mid 50s?

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