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Old 06-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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So it's been 3 months since I got my '02 Bandit... and I still haven't taken it for a ride.

But it's mostly been for extenuating circumstances. I'd upload pics, but I haven't been able to scan them it.

First, gear: I've gotten a Shoei RF-1000, a Revit Air jacket, and some kind of Revit gloves. It's all nice stuff, and I think it looks pretty cool (but who cares about that when motorcycling? ).

Problem: my battery is dead, and won't hold a charge. I know what kind of battery I need, but is it necessary to get an expensive one? The guys from the shop I got my bike from asked for $100, but I'm seeing various cheaper prices online. Any thoughts?

Next chance I get to ride will be in about 3 weeks. I'll put up an effusive update if I actually do ride.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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Get boots or shoes that cover your ankles. Lower extremity injurys are more frequent than you'd think.

Yep, I priced a battery for my DRZ400 at the dealership. Guy wanted $119 for a Yuasa OEM replacement.

I bought a $29 online special. That was 3+ years ago. Bike sits a lot, too. Never had to charge it.

Now it will fail this weekend, of course.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:45 PM   #3
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My college roommate was out riding on a 2 lane road when some lady in an SUV in the right lane decided it was time to pull a u-turn. Naturally, my buddy was in the left lane. After he broad-sided the cager, he was able to run and get his bike out of traffic. After the adrenaline wore off, however, he realized he jacked up his ankle pretty badly. That was enough of warning to convince me. Any good, cheaper options you'd recommend?

Was the battery you bought a brand-name?
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:18 PM   #4
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I've had BOTH Good and Bad luck with the Mal~Wart crapola batteries. I suggest at the very least getting a sealed glass-mat (i.e. "spillproof") battery no matter the brand or purveyor.
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:55 AM   #5
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Find the least expensive Yuasa online, or go to Batteries Plus (you can check their stock online as well).
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:11 AM   #6
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Autozone has motorcycle batteries.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:43 AM   #7
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If the bike has been sitting that long without fuel stabilizer, you may be looking at carb trouble...
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:52 AM   #8
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3 months without riding a new bike? DUDE?!?!?!??!
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:42 AM   #9
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Bump start, I recently paid the BMW tax at my local stealership for a spiffy exide Gel, real steal at $175 (well I felt the theft...). But I did so willingly as I really would like to keep my local shop running saving me 20 miles each way for service.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:40 AM   #10
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I checked all the local shops, no one had the right battery. It was a gorgeous weekend, and tons of riders were out. I was so jealous!

I know I need a YTX12-BS maintenance free. Is it really worth paying the Yuasa premium (that's the brand the bike shop had, but I know it'll be cheaper online)? Also, if I bought a battery online, they wouldn't charge it up before sending it out, would they?

Pushrod: What should I look for on potential carb trouble?
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