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3rd battery straight to hell...

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by GSX-MAN, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. GSX-MAN


    Mar 29, 2003
    Aww s#&t, my battery's lost beyond redemption.

    All due to my alarm system, which was mandatory to get my bike insured. When I don't use the bike for a while, it totally drains my battery, leaving my bike to be a nice garden ornament.

    It never used to be a problem, since I used the bike to get to work. But the last 1,5 years, I have a job within bicycle's range, so I only use my motorbike for fun.

    Damn the company that built my alarm system and damn the insurance company that had me fit it to my bike straight to hell...

    Sorry guys, just wanted to rant about having to buy a new battery.
  2. Naptown34

    Naptown34 NRA Life Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    On the Bay
    Get a battery cut out switch. No drain. Easy to install in series.

    And maybe a separate battery for the bike....

  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Battery Tender is your friend and dirt cheap at around $40 a pop.
  4. Lone Wolff

    Lone Wolff Tire World...

    Dec 17, 2002
    Maybe they're harder to come by in the Netherlands?
  5. GSX-MAN


    Mar 29, 2003
    No, the worst part is that it's my own fault. I've got an Optimate 3, which I only need to connect to the bike to keep my battery healthy. But my bike is parked outside and I forgot to connect the device when I parked my bike while it was starting to rain.

    I want that switch Naptown34 is talking about, it sounds like a good way to stop my alarm from draining the battery.
  6. HandyMan Hugh

    HandyMan Hugh NRA Life Member

    May 17, 2002
    Hallstead, PA
    A battery disconnect might be a bad idea. If your bike is stolen the insurance company could later come back on you and sue you for what ever they paid out to you for the bike. Check to see if the use of the alarm system is required for the theft insurance to be valid.

    A 1/2 Amp trickle charger might be a better idea. Batteries self discharge over time. A trickle charger will prevent that, as well as maintain the alarm system.
  7. GSX-MAN


    Mar 29, 2003
    An other option would be entirely removing the alarm and don't say a thing to the insurance company.
  8. blackopsglock

    blackopsglock smckma

    Oct 6, 2002
    Yeah.Walmart sells a trickle charger for under $20.Ive installed hundreds of them for every bike that comes through my shop.Customers appreciate the extra attention to detail.
  9. GSX-MAN


    Mar 29, 2003
    Replaced part of my exhaust last weekend. What a job, been working on it for about 6 hours, using cutting and welding tools in the process.

    Next time, I'll bring it to the shop...