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Original Versys Battery Failure

O.K.,I searched,but missed anything already entered on this.I have had my '08' Versys for a year this month,bought new.Has anyone with a year or more Versys had battery failure yet,and please,when in the timeline did it fail.I hate to get caught with a bad battery,and would buy a new one,but would like any input as to a consensus if available on this.Thanks,Haw Paw.
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sounds dumb
was it a bad battery or have you had the rare, but not unknown, bad rectifier/charging system fault. meaning there is insufficient charge going into the battery.
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I'm a little confused, did your battery fail or are you just trying to predict when it might fail?



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Exactly,the latter part.

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I'm a little confused, did your battery fail or are you just trying to predict when it might fail?
Sorry for the unclear question.I have had more than one car over the years that had the battery die right at a year.This is the old 'saw' about car companies using the cheapest {pos }possible so as to make it just past warranty.Nissan is a perfect example,if I may say so.So,I was hoping for input from some who have or hopefully have not had the experience with their Versys,and a good time frame of when it happened.I will buy a new one to be safe,but if good anecdotal info is available,I would try to put it off as long as possible........Thanks,HawPaw.
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can't answer for battery failures, but my vee was first registered in jan 2007 and is till on the same battery as originally supplied
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healdem,

thanks for the response.That is encouraging that yours has yet to fail.I hope for more responses in order to get a reasonable consensus. ...... thanks,Haw Paw.
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The battery in my Versys is more than a year old and cranks up every time.
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I change em every two, if they need it or not. Cheap insurance on the road.
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so your battery is fine? I remember reading a thread a few weeks back about someone here having battery issues....



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I've had the bike since March of last year. No battery issues, the longest my bike has sat without being riden is three days. I did a .5amp 12 hour charge on it the day it was brought home.

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Thanks again,

for the responses.Bear,yes the battery has given no problems yet.I am only interested in anecdotal evidence as to how long other V-batteries have been holding out.It sounds from the responses posted to date that they seem to be good for a couple of years at the least. Thanks to all responders,.........Haw Paw.
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You can kill the best battery in the world through sulfation by not keeping it fully charged at all times. The Versys processor puts a small "keep alive" drain on the battery even with the ignition turned off, and will eventually discharge it completely. Read your owner's manual.

The best thing to do is to use a quality battery maintainer and plug it in to the bike when parking it in the garage. I have used the Battery Tender brand for many years, and regularly get at least 5 years out of a battery. "Trickle chargers" WILL NOT WORK for this application. They either overcharge the battery or get forgotten over the winter months.

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Haw Paw,

Bought the Versys in April '08, completly discharged the battery once, in about June of 08 (left the light on all night) charged it up, never had a charge issue since.

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Battery Tender

I second the use of the battery tender. Don't have too much personal experience, but from all I have talked to who have had bikes for years, most recommend them. I put mine on when I first got it (only 3 months old) and it seems to be good insurance to keep from having to replace an expensive battery after a year or two.
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Good buy on battery tenders. Using an optimate now but they are all worth it.

The Acumen voltmeter/gear indicator is a early warning indicator if something not right with the battery charging.
http://londonbikers.com/news/3157/ac...ator-voltmeter

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