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Offline Marty7

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Battery flat
« on: April 05, 2018, 07:17:37 PM »
It would seem that the cold weather has gotten the better of my battery as my bike wouldn't start this morning. I was wondering if there is any point in trying to charge it. Also is taking out a battery and replacing it ok with all the electronics on the s1000r. Does anyone know if there's a chance the BMW warranty would cover a new one.
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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 07:46:59 PM »
The OE battery isnt the best quality and theyve been known to fail early. Have a look at some of the related threads for more info. Its worth trying to charge it and check the voltage if you can. Swapping it out for something better is no problem, I now have a Yuasa YTZ10S. No idea if BMW would cover replacement under warranty (if faulty), but no harm in trying.

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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 08:18:53 PM »
What year/ how old is the bike?

You should definitely test/charge the battery to make sure that it's not something else.

Changing a battery will not harm the electronics.

The Battery usually isn't covered under the full warranty, it's a wear item.  If one failed soon after purchase, they might goodwill it for you.

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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 09:32:50 AM »
Thank you for the replies. I phoned BMW Belfast this morning and I'm very happy to report that they're going to replace the battery under warranty.
(I initially wrote that they're going to replace it with no charge!)

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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2018, 05:44:00 AM »
This is good, OEM batterys are expensive and generally not the best quality. Next time around use a Yuasa sealed AGM and move on. Bike batteries live under very difficult circumstances, hot, days of no charge, driven down low due to not being used, all that stuff. You need to keep a smart charger hooked up when not riding, even for a few days. Direct to the battery via a pig tail with an inline fuse. You can use this circuit for your air pump or heated jacket liner.

Edit: typing from 8,000 miles away, Belfast, I'd love a pint.  :821:

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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 04:01:31 PM »
Hi Beech. If you're ever here message me for sure! We have great beer here but not the best weather unfortunately (rain!). Having said that you're not too far from Seattle and someone told me once that the weather there is very similar to Belfast's.

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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2018, 08:50:11 PM »
will the battery on my 2014 abs model be a YTZ10S ?

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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 08:19:59 PM »
*Originally Posted by wiggi28 [+]
will the battery on my 2014 abs model be a YTZ10S ?

thanks

Yes

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Re: Battery flat
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 08:46:57 PM »
*Originally Posted by beech [+]
You need to keep a smart charger hooked up when not riding, even for a few days.

Sorry but that just isn't true.

A bike laid up for a few days does not need a battery tender hooking up to it.
A bike laid up for a few months doesn't even need one.

During the winter I take my bikes off the road during the worst of the snow and salt. If there is ever a dry day I will use the bike, but sometimes it can be sat there for over 8 weeks without being used and contrary to popular belief it fires up on the first press of the button every time.

 


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