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Offline Tim

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“Low Battery” Display
« on: June 22, 2019, 11:55:47 am »
Hello Folks,

I’m seeking advice, wondering if it's time to replace my battery.

I have a 2013 C14 with only about 3600 miles.  I purchased the bike new in the fall of 2017, and since it sat on the dealer’s floor for four years, I can’t say how old the battery actually is.

If the bike is parked for a couple days, I get the “Low Battery” warning on my display.  It only stays on for a couple seconds.  When this happens the engine seems to crank over “slightly” slower and longer than normal.
The first time this ever happened was last fall, just before I was getting ready to put the bike into storage.  The bike had sat for several days.
I remove the battery doing the winter and plug it into a tender about once a month.

The display reads 12.0V on start-up and jumps up to 13.8V after 20-30 seconds.
While riding the display reads between 13.8V (idle) and 14.2V (moving).
13.7A is this lowest I’ve seen after initial start-up.  This was sitting, with the fan running.

So what do you think, is it time to replace the battery?

Thank you!

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Re: “Low Battery” Display
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2019, 01:45:18 pm »
That display doesn't react fast enough to give a good reading on start-up. The best way to check what you've got is with a volt/ohm meter. Personally, I wouldn't bother to check, I'd go get a new battery. It sounds like it's nearing the end of its life.

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Re: “Low Battery” Display
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2019, 01:45:42 pm »
It may have been totally discharged sitting on the floor for those years. Yeah, I'd replace it for sure.

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Re: “Low Battery” Display
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2019, 06:55:44 pm »
Thank you folks!

I'm going to order a new battery this weekend.

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Re: “Low Battery” Display
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2019, 08:26:47 pm »
Hello Folks,

I’m seeking advice, wondering if it's time to replace my battery.

I have a 2013 C14 with only about 3600 miles.  I purchased the bike new in the fall of 2017, and since it sat on the dealer’s floor for four years, I can’t say how old the battery actually is.

If the bike is parked for a couple days, I get the “Low Battery” warning on my display.  It only stays on for a couple seconds.  When this happens the engine seems to crank over “slightly” slower and longer than normal.
The first time this ever happened was last fall, just before I was getting ready to put the bike into storage.  The bike had sat for several days.
I remove the battery doing the winter and plug it into a tender about once a month.

The display reads 12.0V on start-up and jumps up to 13.8V after 20-30 seconds.
While riding the display reads between 13.8V (idle) and 14.2V (moving).
13.7A is this lowest I’ve seen after initial start-up.  This was sitting, with the fan running.

So what do you think, is it time to replace the battery?

Thank you!

From your post, I think you should hold off on "buying anything"...
Your bike is only shy of being "2 years into the factory warranty"... which is 36 months.
With that said, and knowing Kaw, go back to that dealership, and speak with the "owner" first, then, you and the "owner" speak with the head of the repairs and tech, onsite.

clearly this should not fall upon you, to expend any $$ to make it right. Nonsense.  I realize it's an older bike, but it was sold as "new" when purchased, and should be expected to perform as new... I also realize Kaw does not specifically warranty a battery, but a battery in a new bike, sold as new, should be new.

In '08 and '09, kaw actually would replace "defective" batteries, as at that time, they had some issues with them "gassing" off thru a poor seal around the positive battery post. Same thing, it's expected to get you thru a full 36 months, of normal usage and storage. also, I suggeest you apply for the extended KPP plan we have "stickied" up here, thru Ultimate Cycle, in Richmond Va., do it before your current one expires.... best of luck,

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Re: “Low Battery” Display
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2019, 11:19:05 pm »
 :iagree:


The replacement won't be as good as the OEM but the dealer should buy you a new one. They might want to see the battery in  a little worse condition though.
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