Battery issue post to make me feel better

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I am far from even being close to being smart when it comes to electronics so I am posting what I found and what I am doing here to make me feel better. Please chime in and guide me as well.

Yesterday afternoon I went out to my NC700X and when I tried to start it all the lights came on, the voltmeter (which I installed about a year ago) read 11.3 and no start. It made a sharp click sound, not like the clicking you would hear when a starter goes bad. I hooked up a set of jumper cables and ran them from my other moto and the bike started right up. I let it run a bit and turned it off and it started right back up. I went out today and it again read 11.2 and would not start.

So, I removed the battery and brought it home and am going to hook it up to a trickle charger and let it charge for a day or two. This is the original battery and my bike is a 2012 that I bought in mid season of 2012. I know I should be happy that I got this many years out of it but I am hoping that by bringing the battery home and charging it I can get some more life out of it. The bike gets ridden as I have 34,000 miles on it so it doesn't usually just sit.

I probably forgot to mention but I live in a townhouse community that doesn't have garages and you are not allowed to park motorcycles in your driveway so I keep my motos in a storage unit about a mile away.

Any one else think that the battery might be recharged and good for a while or am I going to be forking out $200 for another battery. I can't believe that this battery costs more than th done I put own my Aprilia. To compare, About 3 months ago I had to replace the battery in my Aprilia of the first time. The original battery lasted from 2008 until a few months ago.
 

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Any one else think that the battery might be recharged and good for a while or am I going to be forking out $200 for another battery. I can't believe that this battery costs more than th done I put own my Aprilia. To compare, About 3 months ago I had to replace the battery in my Aprilia of the first time. The original battery lasted from 2008 until a few months ago.

I think the odds are poor that it will work. The battery is likely toast, but you could have it load-tested to be sure. You are not out anything for your attempt, so give it a whirl. As far as $200 for a battery, I'd shop it around. You will find that the YTZ14S is the same physical size as the YTZ12s so you can get a couple of extra amps for free. Here are a few alternatives that beat $200...

Yuasa YTZ14S replacement Motorcycle Battery (12V 11.2Ah)

https://www.batterystuff.com/powersports-batteries/YTZ14S.html

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=yuasa+ytz14s&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=9811452727&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=668750968287765820&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015317&hvtargid=kwd-2646384190&ref=pd_sl_6ido1wcmk4_e
 

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Don't expect miracles. Your battery must be severely sulfated. If you want a lead acid battery to last 5 - 8 years, you must keep it always fully charged. Anyway 4+ is not so bad for this kind of battery and normal usage considering that you've some weeks above 77°F...

Definitely it's time to replace it. Any battery with the same specs will do the job. You may also use YTZ14S.
 

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I would say you have a cell that is dying and would have it load tested to be sure. You got the life out of it, just hate to spend the money. I'm the same.
 

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As Lee alluded to earlier, be aware that the Motocross brand battery is exactly the same battery as OEM. It is a Yuasa brand sold for lower cost.
 

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My money is on a dead battery. You may be able to get a few more months out of it, assuming it holds a charge long enough to make it from your charger to your motorcycle. Sooner or later it will let you down when you need it. I expect to replace the OEM battery on my 2013 this year or next year.

Shop around. For $200, that would need to be a name brand AGM battery to be worth my money. I found a battery for $75 USD shipped off Amazon in less than two minutes.
 

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I think the odds are poor that it will work. The battery is likely toast, but you could have it load-tested to be sure. You are not out anything for your attempt, so give it a whirl. As far as $200 for a battery, I'd shop it around. You will find that the YTZ14S is the same physical size as the YTZ12s so you can get a couple of extra amps for free. Here are a few alternatives that beat $200...

Yuasa YTZ14S replacement Motorcycle Battery (12V 11.2Ah)

https://www.batterystuff.com/powersports-batteries/YTZ14S.html

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=yuasa+ytz14s&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=9811452727&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=668750968287765820&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015317&hvtargid=kwd-2646384190&ref=pd_sl_6ido1wcmk4_e

wow, with shipping the sigmatek from battery shark is still only $36.80! for an AGM.
 

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It was a dead battery. I have had great luck with the Yuasa batteries (this one in my Honda went 4 1/2 years and the one in my Aprilia lasted 7 years) so I bought another one. All is good now.
 

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A brand new battery at $200 is cheaper than a tow truck service at the same price with free "you are a stupid rider" looks while they load up your dead bike.

Happy riding... :p
 
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