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Old 06-01-2018, 06:14 PM   #1
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Angry Battery Drains When Bike Sits

My 2013 FZ1 drains it's battery to zero volts within 14 days of sitting. I was wondering if there is a common fail that causes this?

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Old 06-01-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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Any accessories wired to battery?
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:29 PM   #3
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:47 PM   #4
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Is it on the original battery? It may be done.
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:52 PM   #5
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The bike eats batteries. The original died in 2016 and all other crap out in 2 weeks now.
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Is it on the original battery? It may be done.
I second Loose' thought. The other......My 2003 Tuono had a short in the ignition switch causing same thing. Not saying yours does but, easy enough to see. Check every point past incoming hot for voltage to ground. Gotta have a good meter though, Fluke 87/5 rea only 2.3volts to ground on the on position while in the off position. I just disco'd battery till I got a new ignition switch.
On the battery: a bad cell will do the same thing, bleed off any stored amperage. IE voltage.
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:45 PM   #7
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I second Loose' thought. The other......My 2003 Tuono had a short in the ignition switch causing same thing. Not saying yours does but, easy enough to see.
I was thinking that it may be a rectifier that has a ground in it. I will check the ignition switch first. Anyone else with an idea would be appreciated.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:06 PM   #8
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Connect an ammeter between the battery and the positive battery lead to see how much drain you have. I've measured 1.6 milliamps on my Gen I. If it is much more than that, begin disconnecting things, such as your rectifier/regulator, while watching the meter. Once you see the current drop significantly, you'll have a good idea what is causing the battery drain.
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Old 06-02-2018, 08:32 AM   #9
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Thank You!

I will grab an ammeter from work next weekend and do this.
Unfortunately I also have to buy another battery. Too bad I don't have a battery punch card.

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Old 06-02-2018, 12:30 PM   #10
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Get the cheap AGM on ebay for $35. They work great and last 4 years.
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Old 06-03-2018, 03:54 PM   #11
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Editing my ealier post. I measured the "sleep" current of the bike while swapping batteries around today. My 2003 settles to about 1.6 millamps steady state.
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Get the cheap AGM on ebay for $35. They work great and last 4 years.
$32 shipped!!!
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Connect an ammeter between the battery and the positive battery lead to see how much drain you have. I've measured 1.6 milliamps on my Gen I.
I measured only 0.22 mA parasitic drain on my '18 Supersport. Shockingly low for a modern bike.

Based on that number, the lithium battery will keep its charge for a whole year!
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:08 PM   #16
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That is low drain. Not saying mine is correct, there could be an unintended or parasitic drain somewhere in the bike. I did not check the '02, just the '03. Would be interested in what others have measured on a Gen I.
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Old 08-25-2018, 06:33 AM   #17
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Trickle Charge

I have a very small, very cheap Trickle Charger that has a quick disconnect on it
works like a charm.
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I have a very small, very cheap Trickle Charger that has a quick disconnect on it
works like a charm.
Until you go on an overnight trip and your bike doesn't start in the morning.
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