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post #1 of 24 Old 07-17-2015, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any battery issues with their Street?

I am at 1k miles and gone through 2 batterys...

I dont know if its luck of the draw I got two bad batterys or if its possible a charging issue.
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Anyone have any battery issues with their Street?

I am at 1k miles and gone through 2 batterys...

I dont know if its luck of the draw I got two bad batterys or if its possible a charging issue.
Strange, we'll have to see what others say. I haven't had any battery issues and I'm at about 1200 miles.
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I don't know if it helps, in this case, but I bought a H-D Battery Tender <$50.00 and keep the bike on it at all times when not in use. I've had good results doing this with previous bikes. When I see the hassle involved in getting to the battery on STREETs I'll try to avoid having to deal with it as long as possible.
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Anyone have any battery issues with their Street?

I am at 1k miles and gone through 2 batterys...

I dont know if its luck of the draw I got two bad batterys or if its possible a charging issue.
+1 on the battery tender. The XG500 and XG750 both have a quick connect "pigtail" installed to plug in a battery tender with absolutely no hassle. Got my dealer to throw one in with the bike but it would only be like $35 here is the one I have
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Anyone have any battery issues with their Street?

I am at 1k miles and gone through 2 batterys...

I dont know if its luck of the draw I got two bad batterys or if its possible a charging issue.
It is not normal. Have your dealer check alternator / voltage regulator for proper operation and to check that something is not constantly discharging your battery. I had to use the battery tender / charger only after I discharged the battery by mistake. Even if my bike sits for 2 weeks, the battery does not get discharged.
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This is common if the bike is not ridden much. but have them check your charging system voltage regulators can sometimes fail only when they get hot so if they check it when the bike is not at operating temperature it will check out good. It is good practice for all dealers to install a Battery Tender on ALL bikes.The battery will discharge and you need to keep it topped off.
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I've also used a battery tender on my bikes.

so far no problems with my street's battery.
i'd definitely get it checked out so your not stranded out some where.

(I just changed the factory battery on my other bike, it is a 2006 model.
I always kept it on a tender and hadn't ridden it much the last couple of years, but that factory battery lasted nearly 9 years!)

I thought about framing that one...lol
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I haven't had battery issues at all, except when I bought it off the showroom. Some guy at the dealership left it in ACC and drained the battery.

They charged it, I charged it, left it on the trickle charger a while, never had an issue since. Got about 550 miles give or take.
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I've had my 500 for just over a year now, and haven't had any issues with the battery. I've gone multiple periods of not riding it for up to a couple months, and never use a tender. The garage temp certainly never drops below freezing though either.... That may help.
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Anyone have any battery issues with their Street?

I am at 1k miles and gone through 2 batterys...

I dont know if its luck of the draw I got two bad batterys or if its possible a charging issue.
Check the chassis grounds and the ground to the battery.

Check the ground from the voltage regulator to the frame.

Need to measure your voltage when started at the battery terminals.

Should be about 12.78 or so......

Then watch it when you shut the bike off. Should climb down to about 12.38 and stay there over night.

If all those are good I would suspect a voltage regulator problem is cooking the battery.

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