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  • noitartsurf Posts: 1519
    Bungaree, Victoria
    Motor Head noitartsurf
    05 Jul 2019 06:16 PM
    My girlfriend bought her 2017 Street Bob second hand.  It had 7000kms on the clock.

    It went well for a couple of thousand kilometres then started stopping, farting and restarting.  Many times and intermittently. No lights, no nothing. Even left us stranded 12km out of Bendigo one night.  That was fun.

    After many trips to the Stealer, they decided that as the previous owner had obviously swapped the battery for a cheaper (ANY brand would be cheaper!!) one, they would put a genuine HD battery in.  You'll never guess....

    Problem solved.  They reckon that maybe the cheap Chinese battery had a faulty post - albeit inside the battery.

    I'll believe them as the bike has now done over 12000km and not missed a beat.

    Just a FYI post.

    Cheers,

    Noit.
    (Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated)

     
  • Grease Monkey Posts: 789
    Performance Poster Grease Monkey
    05 Jul 2019 06:31 PM
    Spose any brand can have a faulty one, still, good to hear the symptoms of same and your untimely demise rumours be false.
  • Timmy Posts: 72
    Stock Poster Timmy
    05 Jul 2019 09:47 PM
    That’s interesting.  Bad batteries have caught me out on so many occasions.  I’m surprised being a 2017 model it didn’t have the original battery in it still. You think they swapped it out? Hmm 
  • Baloffski Posts: 1788
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    05 Jul 2019 10:03 PM
    Wow.
    Some people are fucken cheapskates...
  • Soapbox2627 Posts: 3356
    Whyalla South Australia
    Forum Legend Soapbox2627
    05 Jul 2019 11:48 PM
    I chanced the arm at a local small engine center, they are Honda dealers, not bikes only generators and mowers, i gave them the HD battery number and they got me an equivalent for $160, they are cheap without HD tax
  • noitartsurf Posts: 1519
    Bungaree, Victoria
    Motor Head noitartsurf
    06 Jul 2019 12:08 AM
    The guy had several other Harleys - so I guess he took the good battery out of the 2017 Street Bob and replaced it with God knows what.  

    I've put 'other brand' batteries in my trusty ol' Dyna without a worry.

    Cheers,

    Noit.
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2697
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    06 Jul 2019 07:28 AM
    Well any time I'm having battery issues, I always check regulator putting power back into battery when motor running . if it is and battery seems a bit low. I replace the battery , check regulator working then it's sweet.
    Cheap to replace a battery as trying to get a dodgy battery to last a bit longer and it takes more expensive bits out. battery cheap. 
    on another note my stock Harley AGM 370 cca , was very weak & spineless trying to crank over my 88" sporty motor. so I get a new ( cheaper ) SSB 450 cca AGM battery and instantly it fires up the 88" quick. Genuine 370 cca runt of a battery!!!
  • Smokey61 Posts: 738
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    06 Jul 2019 09:11 AM
    Quoting noitartsurf on 05 Jul 2019 06:16 PM
    My girlfriend bought her 2017 Street Bob second hand.  It had 7000kms on the clock.

    It went well for a couple of thousand kilometres then started stopping, farting and restarting.  Many times and intermittently. No lights, no nothing. Even left us stranded 12km out of Bendigo one night.  That was fun.

    After many trips to the Stealer, they decided that as the previous owner had obviously swapped the battery for a cheaper (ANY brand would be cheaper!!) one, they would put a genuine HD battery in.  You'll never guess....

    Problem solved.  They reckon that maybe the cheap Chinese battery had a faulty post - albeit inside the battery.

    I'll believe them as the bike has now done over 12000km and not missed a beat.

    Just a FYI post.

    Cheers,

    Noit.
    (Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated)

     
    Guessed it from the symptoms. A dead regulator can boil and warp the battery, causing the breaks in the connectors inside the battery. Get your charging system checked.

    Had that happen 30 or so kms west of Cloncurry one night, had enough of a connection to keep running but just barely. Rode with only the parking light on, popping and farting, 60km/h max, got me as far as the river, which was flooding over the bridge, so it was a fair push into town the next morning.

    One thing that old bike taught me at the time was that the USA made HD Yuasa batteries were far better than the Taiwan made Yuasa.

    Modern bikes and cars need good batteries. Don't skimp.
  • USH Posts: 8
    Stock Poster USH
    13 Jul 2019 05:03 PM
    Quoting noitartsurf on 05 Jul 2019 06:16 PM
    My girlfriend bought her 2017 Street Bob second hand.  It had 7000kms on the clock.

    It went well for a couple of thousand kilometres then started stopping, farting and restarting.  Many times and intermittently. No lights, no nothing. Even left us stranded 12km out of Bendigo one night.  That was fun.

    After many trips to the Stealer, they decided that as the previous owner had obviously swapped the battery for a cheaper (ANY brand would be cheaper!!) one, they would put a genuine HD battery in.  You'll never guess....

    Problem solved.  They reckon that maybe the cheap Chinese battery had a faulty post - albeit inside the battery.

    I'll believe them as the bike has now done over 12000km and not missed a beat.

    Just a FYI post.

    Cheers,

    Noit.
    (Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated)

     
    Quoting Smokey61 on 06 Jul 2019 09:11 AMedited: 06 Jul 2019 09:15 AM
    Guessed it from the symptoms. A dead regulator can boil and warp the battery, causing the breaks in the connectors inside the battery. Get your charging system checked.

    Had that happen 30 or so kms west of Cloncurry one night, had enough of a connection to keep running but just barely. Rode with only the parking light on, popping and farting, 60km/h max, got me as far as the river, which was flooding over the bridge, so it was a fair push into town the next morning.

    One thing that old bike taught me at the time was that the USA made HD Yuasa batteries were far better than the Taiwan made Yuasa.

    Modern bikes and cars need good batteries. Don't skimp.
    No wrong about modern bikes and cars needing good batteries.
    I've just spent the last month trying to save some $$$ by charging up a battery in my late model BT50 every week just so it would start, thought I was saving money doing that over the colder weather until it left me stranded before work this week.
    Changed the battery over to a decent delkor battery from a cheap supercharge one that was in it, and suddenly it starts perfectly every time, and even runs smoother, don't ask me how or why, because that's beyond me, but its running like a pristine brand new one now.
  • Baloffski Posts: 1788
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    13 Jul 2019 08:34 PM
    Bought new BT50 in 2013, out in -2 degree weather, and original battery still cranks like new. 
    Whichever make it is, I'm getting another one when it does die..
    Harley batteries seem to last me only 3 years, using original HD battery, in garage, with blanket over her, on trickle charge. 
    Next time going for a quality product for Harley.
  • noitartsurf Posts: 1519
    Bungaree, Victoria
    Motor Head noitartsurf
    14 Jul 2019 08:38 AM
    My 3yo Street Glide battery is starting to stop. I’m wondering about the new Lithium Ion batteries. Anyone??

    Cheers,

    Noit. 
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2697
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    14 Jul 2019 08:48 AM
    Quoting noitartsurf on 14 Jul 2019 08:38 AM
    My 3yo Street Glide battery is starting to stop. I’m wondering about the new Lithium Ion batteries. Anyone??

    Cheers,

    Noit. 
    a battery supply place who sold all types of battery's. said if you have lots of $ to spend lithium Ion battery's ok. but I only have experience with them in my mobile phone. that does not have an alternator or regulation to keep charging phone while phone working. I have to keep re charging. most of the Lithium Ion battery user's I know with motor bikes are racers not every day riders. go to Battery world or an out let like that see what they can advise.
  • Smokey61 Posts: 738
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    14 Jul 2019 09:11 AM
    Quoting noitartsurf on 14 Jul 2019 08:38 AM
    My 3yo Street Glide battery is starting to stop. I’m wondering about the new Lithium Ion batteries. Anyone??

    Cheers,

    Noit. 
    I'd steer clear of lithium batteries because they tend to burn spectacularly when damaged.

    I like the sealed, maintenance-free type. 
  • Wideglider Posts: 738
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    14 Jul 2019 07:18 PM
    Yes, the lithium battery technology is still in its infancy (Tesla cars & E-bikes batteries going up in flames), these fire problems will eventually get sorted so for me I won't risk it just yet - mounted below my petrol tank & carby. 
    Sealed lead acid has served me well for a few decades now, I'd only switch to lithium once proven safe.
  • HOG63 Posts: 179
    Stock Poster HOG63
    14 Jul 2019 09:05 PM
    The original (Milwaukee) battery in my ‘05 Sporty only lasted 14 years. Damn Harley...

    ;-)
  • Grease Monkey Posts: 789
    Performance Poster Grease Monkey
    15 Jul 2019 11:14 AM
    Quoting HOG63 on 14 Jul 2019 09:05 PM
    The original (Milwaukee) battery in my ‘05 Sporty only lasted 14 years. Damn Harley...

    ;-)
    My 96 battery went to 03, never seen a charger, my 06 went to 12 I think, it did see a charger but every battery since has battled to make 2 years, maybe it's compression that saps them, I don't know, I went SSB this time, see how it goes.
  • Blackmagic Posts: 92
    Melbourne
    Stock Poster Blackmagic
    28 Jul 2019 11:09 PM
    I have a 2015 Low Rider FXDL which I purchased new.
    The battery comes with a 12 month warranty, the battery died 2 weeks after the warranty expired,
    the Stealers wouldn't replace it.
    I replaced it with a Motobatt, still going strong today.
    From what I heard is that since Harley changed the manufacturer of their batteries they have never been as good.


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