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How long has your OEM battery lasted?

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What I'm trying to learn is what the general real world experience of GL1800 owners has been with the OEM AGM battery.

I'm leaning toward the belief that they last a lot longer than past motorcycling experience would dictate.

I may be a little jaded living in Southern California, I get to ride nearly 365 days a year, that in itself will make a big difference in battery life.
 

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Shivers: ...... I have a 2002 1800 that I bought new in March of 2002.
I have just over 63,000 miles on it and it still has the same battery that came in it. We ride all year round here in NW Louisiana. The battery is still as hot as the day I drove it home from dealer, and that's over 4 and a half years. But I know I'm living on borrowed time. I plan to replace it soon with the same type & brand battery that came in it. I know I could get a replacement battery cheaper, but I've always figured if something lasts and works great, then go back with the same thing. The Motorcraft battery in my F150 pickup lasted over 6 years, so I replaced it with the same new battery. The Delco in a Buick I once had lasted less than 3 years. Ride Safe, Stobby.
 

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I'm kind of hard on batteries with all the tinkering and playing done on my bike, so I replaced it as a PM item last winter. I had fully discharged it a couple of times, so I wanted to be safe.
 

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5/04, 2004,62,000 original.
 

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Mine is an '02, purchased new off the showroom floor in June of '03. The bike now has 40,500 miles on it. I don't get to ride year round and don't have a trickle charger for it. I do ride until there is snow on the ground :lol:

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pshivers said:
What I'm trying to learn is what the general real world experience of GL1800 owners has been with the OEM AGM battery.
It appears this poll will tell us how many folks have changed batteries in the various years. Was that the experience you were seeking?

I guess I would like to understand how long those batteries lasted. Might be able to get an average life expectancy from a poll such as that. YOMD

BTW, 38,000 smiles and the original battery, in-service 10/05/04.
 

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What is this AGM claim? Unsless things have changed or I am wrong, again, the battery in our GL1800 is NOT AGM. Its a pretty much Ho-Hum semit maintaince free wet cell battery. My VTX has the same battery. BOth are OE and still going and going; but neither is AGM technology.

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I learned to change batteries every three years. I had several batteries do the "sudden death" thing on other bikes, and it seems to happen at the worst time, like 11 P.M. in a rainstorm 50 miles from nowhere.
 

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LAW said:
Yellow 2001 bought used in late 2001, 40k miles original battery.

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Just about the same storey here, only the colour is different, and purchsed in May, '01.

OEM battery will be on the Tender again this winter.
 

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My 2002 is still kicking. It has never been connected to a charger of any type since it left the dealership. 4 years and 7 months so far. I may have to put a trickle charger on it this weekend until I get over this knee surgery.
 

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My 02 OEM battery was still going strong, but I decided to replace it this year for preventive maintenance.
 

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Wanderer said:
pshivers said:
What I'm trying to learn is what the general real world experience of GL1800 owners has been with the OEM AGM battery.
It appears this poll will tell us how many folks have changed batteries in the various years. Was that the experience you were seeking?

I guess I would like to understand how long those batteries lasted. Might be able to get an average life expectancy from a poll such as that. YOMD

BTW, 38,000 smiles and the original battery, in-service 10/05/04.
So where were you when I asked for advice on wording the poll in the most effective manner yesterday :?: :wink:
 

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03, orange ,purchaced used Oct 18th 05 9400 miles now has 24,000 i ride 365 days a year to work .Original battery ! :D
 

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02 bought new in 7/02, yom 9/01, 48,000 miles, some riding in the winter on good days. Had to put a charger on it once. Have a new battery waiting on the shelf, just in case. May change it before next riding season.
 

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Results shown here would tend to indicate the 1800 has what I refer to as a "soft" charging system. Well designed with quality components = happy battery.

Bradford
 
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