Originally Posted by 1096369fred
I have had a problem with my 2004 B that is really pissing me off! I love my bike.... But it is always dead when I go to ride it, requiring a jump start at best..... Or a dead shot battery at worst.... I don't know if I have an unusual power drain in my bike or what!
I keep my bike in a free garage..... But one with no power.... So the standard "keep it on a tender " answer won't work..... I tried a solar battery tender..... Which kinda worked..... But they are not made to be left outdoors exposed to the elements..... I tried a cheap harbor freight one.... But think it drained the batter even faster when the sun was not out!
I go through at least One deka battery a year.... sometimes more.....as these gel battery's really hate being totally discharged..... Not sure if maybe I have a short or what.... I even tried pulling tha I fuse when not in use..... No difference, I return after a couple of weeks..... Oh, it is dead again..... Sigh!
Anyone have any bright ideas? I love my bike.... But am getting kinda fed up with this issue..... Thinking of selling her if I can't get more reliability out of it!
You didn't say how old the battery is but it sounds like it's pooched. 2 weeks should barely have any effect even with security system. Pulling the fuse rules out drain as well as ruling out needing a new bike. However batteries can drain themselves from sulfate formed on the plates. Sometimes even a fairly new but defective battery will do this or worse.