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I had a 4 year old battery do that 3 years ago while in KY for the winter...went for a ride stopped 3 or 4 times and bike started just fine...got home put the tender on spent the evening and night at home...got up in the morning to go for a ride and tender was still showing charging light after being on all night...and the lights wouldn't even come on when the key was turned...no warning, no signs nothing just dead dead dead in the morning....batteries are strange entities....8)

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My battery is original 2011 should I get a new one or live dangerously?????
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My battery is original 2011 should I get a new one or live dangerously?????
Depends on how close you are to help.

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My battery is original 2011 should I get a new one or live dangerously?????

Wow. Throw a multi meter on it and see what you got.

Correct me if I'm wrong, fellas-

I think anything =/>12v (key off) and about 14.2-14.4v running is a healthy battery.

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Only you can answer that for yourself.
If it were me, I would have bought one long before today. Mine is just three years old and I just bought a new one this morning.



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Ever tried to clutch start a Victory?....need a bloody big hill!...and if you have 'neutral assist" theres no hope!
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I think anything =/>12v (key off) and about 14.2-14.4v running is a healthy battery.
IMHO I don't think that tells the whole story. The issue is if the battery has enough cranking amps to turn the starter. I think the only way that can be tested is by doing a load test. The battery can always be removed, brought to an auto parts store and have them test it.
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My original Yuasa battery lasted 8 years. The volt gauge would start jumping from 14 one minute then drop to 12. I went to a battery store and pulled seat and they did a load test and said it was on its way out. The closet Yuasa dealer was HD dealer. My thinking was is if I could get 8 years out of the first one why buy something else. Come winter I fill the gas tank full and plug in the tender for a normal 6 months. This year is a lot longer dam
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I just replaced the original battery on my 2011 a couple of months ago, I was getting a check engine code.

I think you are good for another year or two.
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My batteries (truck/motorcycle) have always been replaced at the 6-year mark. My truck is driven every day so that one always has a good charge and will be replaced next year at the 6 year mark. I keep the bike on a tender on those days that it's not ridden and through the winter months (battery actually come out of the bike and into the basement to not be in sub-zero temperatures).

Both my previous bike ('06 Vegas) and the current bike ('12 XR) had the batteries replaced at 6 years, and both still tested healthy. IMO (and most mechanics I have spoken to) have all told me that 5-6 years is the typical replacement window for a battery and anything that dies prior to that is likely a bum battery (which definitely happen). Regardless, I'm sticking to my window.

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