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Pulled the bike cover off of the bike from winter storage, checked all fluids and pressures. Turned the key on and started the bike right up. Shut her down went into house and changed cloths, came back out started her up let her warm up, off down the road I go. Stop at the gas station for fuel. I then go to start it back up, and as soon as I hit the button she clicked dead. Called the wife to bring the jump box, would fire right up but turn off jump box off. Bike died. Went to NAPA and spent $130 for new battery and a few minutes on the ground and she started right up and down the road. I have never had a battery go bad like this. Has anyone else. All connections were tight to.
 

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Could have sulfated to the point of shorting out. How old was it?
 

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There is a reason most of the small M/C, tractor battery companies do not have a long warranty on the batteries, they just will not last long and are prone to shorting out.
 

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Could have sulfated to the point of shorting out. How old was it?
3 Years, thought it should get me this year, but I was wrong.
 

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My battery was last bought in March 2016, I should probably replace it too.
 

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3 years for a MC battery sounds reasonable to me depending on several factors already stated. Mine is also 3. I have no indication of weakening yet, but If it did- well- I have to kind of expect that going forward.

Car batteries don't usually go more than 5 years before they are noticeably degraded. More often than not- cars are driven every single day.
 

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The OP mentions at least three starts in a short distance - not enough run time/miles for the battery (even if good) to recover. If the air was cold, that adds to the battery's distress.
No mention if he had a quality automatic trickle charger hooked up directly to the battery during hibernation.
Maybe the Battery Gods like me, but I consistently get 5-6 years out of a bike battery and 10 years out of a car's, especially if it's in the rear of the car. In cold weather, I make life a lot easier for my bike batteries by placing a room heater near the engine about an hour before taking off. That warms not only the engine,but the oil, the starter and the battery. Don't laugh - I'm not replacing 'em every 3 years.
 

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The OP mentions at least three starts in a short distance - not enough run time/miles for the battery (even if good) to recover. If the air was cold, that adds to the battery's distress.
No mention if he had a quality automatic trickle charger hooked up directly to the battery during hibernation.
Maybe the Battery Gods like me, but I consistently get 5-6 years out of a bike battery and 10 years out of a car's, especially if it's in the rear of the car. In cold weather, I make life a lot easier for my bike batteries by placing a room heater near the engine about an hour before taking off. That warms not only the engine,but the oil, the starter and the battery. Don't laugh - I'm not replacing 'em every 3 years.
I probably should elaborate a little. There was a 3 or 4 hour window between the 1st and 2nd start. it was also on a battery tender during this time, so it was fully charged and in Maintenance mode for 2nd start. The 3rd start at the gas station was after a 30 minute ride around my area all at highway speed. I always do this at the first of the year to check out everything. So it had plenty of time to charge the battery. i would have fully expected the battery just to fail in the garage, but never had 1 do like this.
 

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My last battery died unexpectedly when I stopped for gas an hour into a four hour trip. No warning. Weather was mild and I always plug my bike into my Battery Tender. Made some calls and found one that would work at a HD dealer so my buddy rode over and picked it up. Replaced it in the gas station parking lot and off we went. Cool thing about this battery is that it has posts both on the top and the front. So now the main cables are on the top posts and my accessories are on the front posts.
 

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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?????

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