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Have a 2001 GL1800 with original battery and will be starting the 4th season with it. What is the typical battery life and should a person install a new one just to be on the safe side?

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After a couple of GL1500's and not ever getting more than 3 years on a battery I decided to try a couple of things....

I'm forced to put the bike up for several months in the winter and using a battery tender never helped the life of the batteries on the 15's.

Like the above post Im starting my 4 season.....

I noticed last fall as I put the tender on the 1800 that it was slow to start and I have a load tested sitting here from my former job....

The load test (SAE Standard) for 15 seconds is 3 x's the Amp Hour Rating and the number on the stock battery was 18 so that meant that it should hold a 54 amp load for 15 seconds.... It wouldn't do that... so I charged the battery and tried a 50 amp load which it held.... this test told me that the battery was loosing its ability to hold full capacity.....

I looked around and ordered a replacement from HDL and put it in about a week ago....

Its important to take the time and follow the charge procedure when you install a dry charge battery....

I just don't think there is enough reserve capacity based on the size of the case to get one of these batteries past about 3 years... maybe in AZ were the cold start is always above 50, but in the spring I'm often asking the engine to start at 25-30 early in the morning for my ride to work...
 

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my original 02 battery lasted a whole 15 months before it took a dump....and yes..I kept it on a tender. My take on average battery life, 3 or 4 years...after that..gets kinda iffy in myho. 1800 battery is warrantied for either 3 or 7 yrs..depending on which warranty you have.
 

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battery life

I have discovered if you don't play the radio when the bike is not running you will get better battery life. Mine is past 3 years old, maintained on a battery tender, but, i'll probably get a new battery just to be on the safe side before my first trip this season. It might decide to take a dump in the middle of bumscrew, nowhere with no battery in sight.
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battery life

mine is past 3 years old, i will but a new oem before the riding season begins just to be on the safe side, no need to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with no battery to be found.
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Robert Schilling said:
my original 02 battery lasted a whole 15 months before it took a dump....and yes..I kept it on a tender. My take on average battery life, 3 or 4 years...after that..gets kinda iffy in myho. 1800 battery is warrantied for either 3 or 7 yrs..depending on which warranty you have.
The stock battery is only covered for the initial 3 year warranty. The extended Honda warranty doesn't cover the battery.
 
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