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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I am guilty of "Battery Abuse".

I have a 2012 XCT (bought in October 2011) and so far have run the battery down to NOTHING 3 times. I mean NO POWER whatsoever and then I would throw the Battery TenderPlus on the thing and restore the power to it.

MY QUESTION is...for a 3-4 year old battery...Am I on "borrowed" time with this battery now since I have zapped it 3 times?

Or is the life of the battery still intact (5+ years)?

Anyone wanna give a BATTERY LESSON to us battery ignorant folks an edumacation.

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Run it down to nothing how? Just by sitting? Then yes- I would say "borrowed time" is a fair characterization. While some people may get 5 yrs out of a battery this certainly doesn't mean they all will go that far.

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Nope...all 3 times I have RAN IT DOWN by leaving the key on. Never (ever) from not being used...it never sits more than 2 weeks (only then it's because it's winter)...

So this is from leaving the KEY on and running it down.

As of this morning it has taken the charge (or appears to have)...but my concern is that I'll be on a trip (on a cool morning) and the thing won't start then.

So I'm worried I have weakened the battery.

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I wouldn't worry till it starts to show signs of weakness. Like slow starts.

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Running a lead acid battery down below 50% is a no-no. This comes from experience with RV's which are battery destroyers in the first place. Since I'm new to Victory and don't really know what kind of batteries are even in them, let alone where they are stashed (I assume they're about 3 stories down under the seat) I can't give you a definitive answer but....

I can tell you that the sealed batteries which are commonly used on modern motorcycles are pretty bullet-proof. In the olden days if we got a year out of a battery with a button starter we considered ourselves pretty fortunate. Nowadays five and six years isn't uncommon as long as the bike gets ridden frequently which it sounds like yours does.

On the bright side, sealed batteries don't usually just croak like the old ones. You will usually get some warning signs that it's starting to get tired. Things like labored starting or a re-set on your dashboard because of low voltage etc. I do wish that Victory would have put a headlight interrupt on the starter button, there really isn't any need to drive the starter and the headlight both at the same time.
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Put a good over night charge on the battery and then take it to auto store and have them test it.
Then you'll know.
Back in the day you would of burned up the points and it would not start.

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When a battery's charge falls below a certain level, sulphate starts to coat the plates and acts as an insulator, preventing the plates from absorbing or giving off a charge. Repeated discharges, like Arkie describes, will have the plates coated with sulphate to the point where the battery ceases to function.

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How do you miss all those lights?

Over the years- I have developed a habit of killing the engine via the key- not the kill switch. Maybe that would help? I'm not well versed on how killing the battery completely will affect it's overall lifespan, so I'll leave that.

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Heat is generally what shortens a batteries life but as said; the build up of sulphate can hasten it as well. Most batteries will give some kind of sign it's getting tired but sometimes they just die all at once. I've done the same thing to my XC battery a couple of times and it always came back but now that it's going on 3 years old I decided to play it safe and replace it. For just $66 shipped it really is cheap insurance. I run these Chrome Batteries in both bikes now. Same battery fits in both.

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Also; keep an eye on your battery charging meter. It will let you know if the battery is needing more juice to be kept charged up.

Lastly, it is a quirk with the late model Victories and somewhat with the earlier models that they can start running strange when the battery is low, so it really does help to keep an eye on the battery's health.
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