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John from NWO

Bird clicks and then nothing. WTF?

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Hi All: 2003 Bird here with about 16k. This week I hopped on to go for a ride after bike had sat for a month and got some half-dead battery type cranking that got worse before dwindling to nothing. No start. Dead battery, I thought. Hooked up my portable lithium battery charger and the bike fired up immediately. Headed out on a 25 minute at near highway speeds, parked the bike while I watched a baseball game and when I got back on: A flaccid-type crank and some dash lights acting weird. Groan. Get a ride home, get the lithium charger, come back: bike fires up with charger and I ride home. That night I remove battery and go to charge it and the charger immediately flashes green (full charge). I re-install battery and again: some strange clicking from somewhere right behind the battery and then nothing. I check voltage on bike and it's 12.2v or something.

 

Any ideas on where to start? I'm puzzled.

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Sounds like the batter is so dead it won’t continously hold a charge. 

 

I’d suggest a fresh battery all together. 

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2nd that.

 

No drained or weak battery reads charged in a short time.

 

How old is the existing battery?

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I'm not sure. It says "Manufactured by Thos. A. Edison Company" in elaborate script down one side and I think it's made of wood. Seriously, I don't know. I've owned the bike two years and it came with bike. I'll try a new battery and advise. 

 

Anyone have a battery they recommend? I usually run a phone charger off battery, but nothing else. Looking for high quality + not insane price.

 

Thanks, guys!

 

 

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The OEM. Is YUASA.  It’s a sealed agm style battery.  Mine lasted 7+ years. My second, over 5. Would have lasted longer, but I clooked it with a high current charger.

 

The problem with replacement YUASA is that they are made and sealed in Japan.

 

You could get one that has been aging on a shelf, if your vendor has slow inventory turns

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AGM - Absorbed glass mat. It's all I buy any more.

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Sounds like it's just a bad battery.

 

LiFePo4 are a bit spendy, but awesome.  Super light & small, they crank strong, recharge quickly, and have almost no self-discharge.  It can sit on a shelf neglected for a year, drop it in and start the bike.  When I put mine in the cranking speed went up to where it sounded almost like the bike had no compression.

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I shelved the bike for the winter, so never responded with the results. Last week I got the bike out, bought a new AGM battery, and the bike fired up immediately which no weird lights, sounds, smells or actions. Went for a 30 minute ride: No issues whatsoever. Conclusion: Battery was fully charged but lacking in CCA or something. New battery resolved all issues. Thanks, everyone!

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