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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2010, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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The battery in my 2010 Vegas 8-Ball that I've owned since June 18, 2010 (4 weeks now) is dead. Test confirmed that it needs replacement as it can only muster 12.4 volts.

Local dealer is telling me that Polaris won't cover the battery under the standard warranty or the 5 year ESP warranty I got with the bike as the battery is a wear part. (funny, the tires have a warranty) What gives? I don't know if this is more of a rant or if there really is an answer out there...but honestly I haven't owned the bike a month yet and only have 700 miles on it and I'm already SOL? If I go buy a replacement battery at NAPA tomorrow it will have a warranty. Even my truck's battery is covered for 3-years by the factory.
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How many volts does a 12 volt battery put out ? It seems to me that something is draining the battery . I would take the bike to the dealer and ask them to find the problem and fix it under warranty and put a new battery in it while they are at it . 4 weeks - 700 miles ... come on . Just my opinion . Good luck Camo
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How many volts does a 12 volt battery put out ? It seems to me that something is draining the battery . I would take the bike to the dealer and ask them to find the problem and fix it under warranty and put a new battery in it while they are at it . 4 weeks - 700 miles ... come on . Just my opinion . Good luck Camo
The owner's manual list 12.5V as a minimum. A good battery can push out 14V under no load. Alternators can produce up to 18-21V. (in general terms) I'm not even sure why they call it 12V.

I though it might be a drain, but the battery tests bad out of the bike and only charges to 80% capacity according to my charger. I'll have a dealer check the charging system and the load while the ignition is off as well. If I need to I can have one of the electrical techs at my work check it out on there equipment.

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what about self service???

go find a local victory dealer...tell them you want to take a bike for a ride...when out swing by your house and swap the battery....then drop the bike back off to the dealer...

fair is fowl as the saying goes...

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The owner's manual list 12.5V as a minimum. A good battery can push out 14V under no load. Alternators can produce up to 18-21V. (in general terms) I'm not even sure why they call it 12V.

I though it might be a drain, but the battery tests bad out of the bike and only charges to 80% capacity according to my charger. I'll have a dealer check the charging system and the load while the ignition is off as well. If I need to I can have one of the electrical techs at my work check it out on there equipment.
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what about self service???

go find a local victory dealer...tell them you want to take a bike for a ride...when out swing by your house and swap the battery....then drop the bike back off to the dealer...

fair is fowl as the saying goes...
Oh...I did not just read that......
Just because something is not going your way, it's not reason enough to do something dishonest.

Another saying...A man can be measured by his values alone.

Camo...if something is actually draining the battery or not letting it charge to its full potential, then you will end up with the same result with your new battery in a short while as well. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Look at the age-date on the battery. If it is not consistent with the manufacture date of your bike, I'd ask the dealer why. A new bike should be equipped with a new battery.

That said, lead acid batteries can and do fail, some earlier than later. Who knows, it may be a defective manufacturing problem or just an electro/chemical failure. Seems to me that you may just have bad luck on this. I suggest you ask the dealer for a little help here, and at least offer you a replacement at dealer net. That would seem like a good compromise.

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what about self service???

go find a local victory dealer...tell them you want to take a bike for a ride...when out swing by your house and swap the battery....then drop the bike back off to the dealer...

fair is fowl as the saying goes...
I hope you're joking. Karma is a bitch!

Saying that, take the bike back to the dealer and have them check it. Its not a month old yet I am pretty sure there is a 30 day warranty on your battery.
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According to page 147 of the 2010 Vegas/Kingpin manual, there is a one year warranty on all components of the bike against defect.

I had an Optima Red Top battery die in my jeep within two weeks. shorted cell. Was replaced and I haven't had a problem since. I don't find it shocking at all that this bike battery could die the same way. Somethings slip through quality control.
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