Battery Woes

NewEnglandHimalayan

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New England
Well, the battery on my Himmalayan seems to have given up the ghost. Went to start it two days after riding it and it would not crank much. I have no additional electrical accessories on it so, it could be what I have been reading about the weak factory batteries.
I reached out to the dealership and they asked REUSA about warranty. They requested that I bring it for them to check it out. We will see what they say, it will be a long 100+ mile haul in my 84 El Camino with it. While there, I will ask them about the engine noise as well. :)

Fingers crossed.
 

NewEnglandHimalayan

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New England
Why bother with the long drive just so you can possibly have the battery replaced with another cheap battery that may fail at any time? Might want to consider investing in a Yuasa or similar quality battery. I plan on doing that soon.
Yes, you are not incorrect. I pondered that myself. I'd like to get their opinion on the noise as well. They can check the electrical system to ensure no problems with the stator or regulator are present. It is a bike with just 600 miles on it. While I would not make the trip for a simple oil change or regular service, this type of stuff I feel may be worth it. Also, from my understanding, Yuasa is what comes with the bike from the factory. While pondering this decision, I thought about going with a Zerogravity lithium instead. WE will see what they say. :)
 

CarstenB

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h-town tx
same with the battery in my wife's Hima (bought new end December 2018, 2000mls now). It got weaker and weaker and now keeps charge for maybe a week after a full charge. Not an (obvious) issue when you ride each day but it's clearly due for replacement. We'll check with the dealer as he's close by but don't want the same battery anyways. It's a Varta VTX9 btw. A Motobatt is $65 so not really worth the effort. Still annoying though. My Husky still has the original battery from 2013 which shows no sign of weakness yet.
 

TN_twowheeladdict

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Tennessee
Yes, you are not incorrect. I pondered that myself. I'd like to get their opinion on the noise as well. They can check the electrical system to ensure no problems with the stator or regulator are present. It is a bike with just 600 miles on it. While I would not make the trip for a simple oil change or regular service, this type of stuff I feel may be worth it. Also, from my understanding, Yuasa is what comes with the bike from the factory. While pondering this decision, I thought about going with a Zerogravity lithium instead. WE will see what they say. :)
Mine came with some Indian battery. Got a Yuasa as a warranty replacement. You haven't even looked at the battery ? I installed a battery maintainer and it is plugged in between rides unless it is with me on a trip.
 

NewEnglandHimalayan

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New England
Mine came with some Indian battery. Got a Yuasa as a warranty replacement. You haven't even looked at the battery ? I installed a battery maintainer and it is plugged in between rides unless it is with me on a trip.
No, I have not even looked at the battery. I would only if I was to replace it myself. I could not bring it there this weekend due to a storm passing by :-( . I want the dealer to also look at the engine noise, that is the main reason for the trip. I have another bike, a XR650L 2017 that still has the original battery. That battery works well regardless of how long it sits. I don't have a battery tender. Quite honestly, I am not a big fan of leaving those things in the garage for a long time. Even on my project car that sits for months at a time, the battery is not an issue. The HImalayan appears not to have any parasitic load while sitting. The ignition key cuts the power to everything from what I have observed. My method of measuring this small load is limited so the possibility of some very small load while sitting still exists and may be the nature of a EFI system.
 

TN_twowheeladdict

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Tennessee
Are you one of those that unplugs the coffee maker, toaster, etc. when not using them?

Can't bear to leave a crock pot going while away at work?

What about Christmas lights etc.?

Do you check all the electrical outlet connections periodically as well?

Just razzing you man.

If I get a fire in the shop because of a battery tender I will be making claims with 3 different insurance companies. I will take the money and then decide what to do. Now, losing my shop cats would be the only really sad thing to deal with. The rest is just stuff. Of course my shop is a couple hundred feet from the house. Do you have a smoke detector in your garage that also triggers the rest of the smoke detectors?
 

NewEnglandHimalayan

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Location
New England
Are you one of those that unplugs the coffee maker, toaster, etc. when not using them?

Can't bear to leave a crock pot going while away at work?

What about Christmas lights etc.?

Do you check all the electrical outlet connections periodically as well?

Just razzing you man.

If I get a fire in the shop because of a battery tender I will be making claims with 3 different insurance companies. I will take the money and then decide what to do. Now, losing my shop cats would be the only really sad thing to deal with. The rest is just stuff. Of course my shop is a couple hundred feet from the house. Do you have a smoke detector in your garage that also triggers the rest of the smoke detectors?
Good one man! LOL, I am not that bad but not too far. I just in the many years have never used one or needed one. All my other motorcycles went through the winter without a problem. That's all. My XR650L I purchased used and has a pigtail to connect one. Anyways, no biggie. The garage is detached from the house and there is no trigger there. If the detector goes off, it just alerts the mice if there are any :) Not a biggie. I may just end up doing the work myself and have the noise checked out at another time.
 
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