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It depends where the bike lives: Hot and cold climates are both harder on batteries than temperate climes, and bikes that get ridden regularly are easier on batteries than ones that sit for months – though a good battery tender with a float feature negates much of that. In fact, I was bragging about the Shorai lithium-iron battery in my bike not long ago, which must be seven years old now and has never seen a charger, when my friend Jim said big deal, the original equipment sealed AGM battery in his VFR lasted 9.5 years, and his 21-year old Ducati is only on its second battery. So, sealed batteries can last a long time especially if you’re OCD about maintenance.

According to several sources including BatteryStuff.com, though, your 12.3-volt reading means your battery may be on its way to Nirvana; a fully charged one should read 12.7 volts or above. Since you like to play with your voltmeter, there are instructions to “stress test” your battery at the same page, along with a lot of other battery tidbits that will let you know for certain if it’s time to replace.

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Read more about When Will My Motorcycle Battery Die? at Motorcycle.com.
 

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After I installed my Shorai, I put the OEM battery on my tender since I wasn't planning on using it again. 6 months later, I checked it and it was dead. I don't know anyone with a Panigale that has a battery lasting more than a year. I just rode my 899 for the first time in several weeks and it cranked right up with the LiIon I installed after I bought it in 2014. Proof vs concept.
 

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After I installed my Shorai, I put the OEM battery on my tender since I wasn't planning on using it again. 6 months later, I checked it and it was dead. I don't know anyone with a Panigale that has a battery lasting more than a year. I just rode my 899 for the first time in several weeks and it cranked right up with the LiIon I installed after I bought it in 2014. Proof vs concept.
Now you know at least one...:) I still have my original battery, although I probably just jinxed myself and will return home to a dead battery.
 

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After I installed my Shorai, I put the OEM battery on my tender since I wasn't planning on using it again. 6 months later, I checked it and it was dead. I don't know anyone with a Panigale that has a battery lasting more than a year. I just rode my 899 for the first time in several weeks and it cranked right up with the LiIon I installed after I bought it in 2014. Proof vs concept.
Just out of curiosity, which battery tender model were you using? I've read about problems with leaving the battery on the tender too long. After some research it seems the battery tender junior may kill the battery for extended periods of time. The battery tender plus switches from full charge to float charge for storage.
 

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Just out of curiosity, which battery tender model were you using? I've read about problems with leaving the battery on the tender too long. After some research it seems the battery tender junior may kill the battery for extended periods of time. The battery tender plus switches from full charge to float charge for storage.
Megaboost Pro 4000 automatic charger/maintainer for use with wet, MF, AGM, and GEL batteries.
 

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i still have the oem battery, have had the bike since november 2014. i have a yuasa battery tender that i keep plugged up most of the time
 

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Got my bike used in may 2015. It's a 2014.
Same original battery on it. Never tendered.
Was disconnected for 9 months, didn't event need charge.
Battery still awesome!
 

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I have a 2014 with the OEM battery. We have two bikes at the house in Utah, but one tender, every few weeks through the winter I switch the tender to the other bike and then back.
 

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I guess the reason I haven't met anyone with their original battery is because they are all on this forum.
 

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i still have the oem battery, have had the bike since november 2014. i have a yuasa battery tender that i keep plugged up most of the time
I got my bike since May of 2014 and battery still turns strong. I keep it on trickle charger when not riding for more then 2-3 days. I think I might get the OEM battery again when this one is done despite the difference in the weight comparing with the new lightweight kind.






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