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In Southern Ontario I am averaging four to five years on my motorcycle batteries. I do keep them on a tender, and leave in bikes year round for riding in winter warm spells. What I am curious about is the forum members who live in hot climates. Do you find less service life from your batteries due to extreme heat?
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No. What kills batteries is letting 'em run down. I get at least that much out of my batteries and I live in sunny South Texas.
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mines 7 years in and still going

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mines 7 years in and still going
My, for the price of batteries I wish I got seven years out of mine.
When I get my new bike this year that may happen. I think my out of date charging systems on mine may have something to do with it. (68 Jawa, 83 XZ550)
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No. What kills batteries is letting 'em run down. I get at least that much out of my batteries and I live in sunny South Texas.
Thank you, I thought high heat would be a killer on battery. But from what I hear Texas gets pretty darned hot. Guess that kills my urban myth...Paul
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No issue with batteries here either in sunny (summer time now) Australia
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My 9 year old original Yuasa made in China battery is still pretty good. I charge it along with a desulfator once in a while, and I did add a bit of distilled water once. It's starting to feel a bit weak when it's very hot outside.
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My, for the price of batteries I wish I got seven years out of mine.
When I get my new bike this year that may happen. I think my out of date charging systems on mine may have something to do with it. (68 Jawa, 83 XZ550)
if im not riding the bike for more then a few days i keep it plugged into my tender JR, i make sure to never fully drain it (all my stuff (other then alarm) is on switched power) and i have a heads up volt meter to keep an eye on the charging system.
night and day to the bobber.
its battery its toast, but i never put it on the tender, they stater is kinda crap at low rpm's, my husband ran it flat a few times trying to start it with the fuel off, and so on. but it also has a kick start and is an '82 so i can not care

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I've never replaced a maintenance free battery that wasn't toast by the time I got the bike... Longest I owned a bike was my XT660R, from 2007 to 2014, it still had the OEM battery and I never used a battery tender. Weather is pretty mild around here so that helps a lot.

On the other hand, my friend's 2013 R1 is on its third battery. That thing needs a lot of juice to get going and has a ridiculously small battery; that has resulted in running the batteries low several times and that kills them in no time.
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I'm averaging 6-7 years from a motorcycle battery. They always get plugged into a tender when not riding.I guess what I save in
replacing batteries goes to replacing the short lives of my tires.lol
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My Yamaha 650 V Star battery lasted 10 years. Keep it on a float charger all the time.


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In Southern Ontario I am averaging four to five years on my motorcycle batteries. I do keep them on a tender, and leave in bikes year round for riding in winter warm spells. What I am curious about is the forum members who live in hot climates. Do you find less service life from your batteries due to extreme heat?
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I replaced the OEM battery on BIG RED (my '08) in October '14, so it was six years old, and did it because I was going "boondocking" w/ jdrocks. When it's hot here, I'm in Canada, and the battery from BIG RED is in air-conditioned comfort (out of the bike, of course!) w/ a 'tender' attached, programmed for 15 minutes per 24 hours....

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