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Just like the title says, I bought the bike home a week ago and tried to ride it yesterday and it wouldn't start. I pulled the battery out and hooked it up to my battery tender junior and 24 hours later, the tender still says charging and not half full.

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- The tender chargers at 0.75 amps
- Battery takes 5-10 hours to charge at 0.7 amps

Has anyone ever experienced this before I have to call the dealer?
 

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Most likely a bad battery dealer should cover it if the bike is new. If it's used then they may use the old "you bought the bike as is" excuse.
 

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Did the bike fire up at all since you had it home? If so, it sounds like you have a power draw somewhere. If not, sounds like a bad battery. I'd call the dealer.
 

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So the dealer gave me a brand new battery and I put it in the bike 6 days ago. Rode it and it was fine, however today the battery was completely dead again. I;ve been googling and the only thing I've heard is that keeping the kill smith engaged drains battery power (even with the key out). This is in a couple threads on the 1199 forums. I've been riding 8 years and have always used the kill switch to turn off the bike.

Does anyone know if keeping the kill switch engaged drains the battery?
 

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Any bike with electronics is going to draw a very small amount of current regardless of whether the switch is on or off. It sounds to me like they either gave you another used battery or you've got a short somewhere that's drawing current. You could try cutting the switch to see if that helps, but even then I'd bring it back as that really doesn't sound right.
 

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So the dealer gave me a brand new battery and I put it in the bike 6 days ago. Rode it and it was fine, however today the battery was completely dead again. I;ve been googling and the only thing I've heard is that keeping the kill smith engaged drains battery power (even with the key out). This is in a couple threads on the 1199 forums. I've been riding 8 years and have always used the kill switch to turn off the bike.

Does anyone know if keeping the kill switch engaged drains the battery?
Mine used to die if it sat for a week. I think it is the immobilizer.

I keep it on a tender.
 

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So wtf to people do who live in hi-rises and cannot plug into the garage. :eek:
The battery on my Monster started throwing errors (005) about a month after I bought it so the dealer replaced it. I keep it on a tender and now after a year it has gone bad.

I replaced the 899 battery with a Shorai and kept the stock battery on another tender in case I needed it... It has since gone bad.

My recommendation (to anyone that will listen) is to get a Shorai LiIon battery and you should be fine without a tender or go periods without riding just fine.

You will also shave a few lbs of weight from just below the tank and it makes a difference that you can honestly feel.
 
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Thanks. Do you have a link to where you got yours?

I bought mine from Ducati Omaha while they were having a group buy, so it was slightly cheaper than the price on the link... however, I can tell you that this is probably the best $$$ per pound upgrade you can ever do to your bike.

Shorai Lithium Battery | LFX14A2-BS12

Edit: you can buy the charger, but I just leave mine alone and would only keep one attached if I were planning on going more than several weeks without riding. I hooked it up to my normal tender (which will still work) once after a month during the winter and it went from red to green in two seconds.
 
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they replaced the regulator and rectifier and i brought it home 1 week ago and the battery is completely dead again. Any advice on what I should do? Lemon Laws?
 

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I had the same problem. After a week it went dead and wouldn't take a charge. After buying a after market battery I have had no problems.
 

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I replaced the 899 battery with a Shorai and kept the stock battery on another tender in case I needed it... It has since gone bad.

My recommendation (to anyone that will listen) is to get a Shorai LiIon battery and you should be fine without a tender or go periods without riding just fine.

You will also shave a few lbs of weight from just below the tank and it makes a difference that you can honestly feel.
I got my 899 in April LAST year. Rode it for roughly over 9.000 km until late October when I put it to bed for the winter break. Got it out again 8 weeks ago. I'm close to 12.000 km and the first big service now. In all that time my oem battery has never seen a charger, nor was it taken out. And even after the 4 month winter break the bike started like a charm. The starter didn't even need to do a full turn to get the engine going. Fastest start ever after a long hiatus since I had a motorcycle. My 3 Aprilias (2002 Falco, 2004 and 2007 RSV) would start ok after a longer break, but not remotely close to the 899. I have to admit though, the bike is parked in a very warm place, the room where the heating of my house is situated. And I tend to keep the kill-switch active.
 

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I got my 899 in April LAST year. Rode it for roughly over 9.000 km until late October when I put it to bed for the winter break. Got it out again 8 weeks ago. I'm close to 12.000 km and the first big service now. In all that time my oem battery has never seen a charger, nor was it taken out. And even after the 4 month winter break the bike started like a charm. The starter didn't even need to do a full turn to get the engine going. Fastest start ever after a long hiatus since I had a motorcycle. My 3 Aprilias (2002 Falco, 2004 and 2007 RSV) would start ok after a longer break, but not remotely close to the 899. I have to admit though, the bike is parked in a very warm place, the room where the heating of my house is situated. And I tend to keep the kill-switch active.
I have heard both good and bad stories re: the Yuasa battery... for every person that has had a bad experience with it, there is someone else like yourself with no troubles. I can't put my finger on it, but neither of mine lasted 6 months with constant riding and occaisional tendering.

I still think the Shorai is a good investment, but your mileage will certainly vary as with anything that has a limited shelf life.
 

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my bike was in my garage for months without a tender. whenever I did put it on, it was already over 80% charged and wouldn't charge for more than 10 mins. So I stopped bothering to charge it. I never made note as to the kill switch position, but i'm betting it's 50/50 for me since I sometimes use the kickstand, and sometimes the switch.
I really think you have a draw/short somewhere and you should take it back to the dealer. no battery should die that quickly.
let them figure it out. the last thing you want is a issue and a question as to if they'll honor the warrenty because you were trying to fix it.
 

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my bike was in my garage for months without a tender. whenever I did put it on, it was already over 80% charged and wouldn't charge for more than 10 mins. So I stopped bothering to charge it. I never made note as to the kill switch position, but i'm betting it's 50/50 for me since I sometimes use the kickstand, and sometimes the switch.
I really think you have a draw/short somewhere and you should take it back to the dealer. no battery should die that quickly.
let them figure it out. the last thing you want is a issue and a question as to if they'll honor the warrenty because you were trying to fix it.
Thanks. It went back to the dealer. They think the draw is coming from the ignition. They gave me a loaner bike in the interim. I still want my baby but I will have to do with the loaner.
 

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I have the Ducati alarm system on mine and that flattened the battery in a couple of weeks when I forgot to put it on the tender. Even better... when you fit the Ducati allarm you can't use the Ducati tender as they use the same accessory plug nder the seat and your (laughable) toolkit won't fit under the seat either :D
 

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I have the Ducati alarm system on mine and that flattened the battery in a couple of weeks when I forgot to put it on the tender. Even better... when you fit the Ducati allarm you can't use the Ducati tender as they use the same accessory plug nder the seat and your (laughable) toolkit won't fit under the seat either :D
Couple weeks? I would kill for that. Mine is a few days but at lest they figured out the problem.
 
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