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How many 08's have replaced their batterys? I am thinking it is about time to replace the battery. What say you all?
 

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well I have an 06,and after going through a charging problem,replaced my original battery at 26,000 miles even though a load test proved it was still good. I replaced it with a gel battery from Batterys plus and has a 2 year warranty. The standard batteries at Advanced Auto or Autozone only had 6 months to 1 year warranty! It turned out to be a bad stator on my bike by the way.4 years doesn't seem to be alot for a motorcycle battery unless you have had previous issues with it.IMO, I think you have a bit longer for replacing it if your not having any starting/charging issues.But piece of mind is priceless sometimes.
 

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I just replaced the original battery in my 2004 last summer (2011). It was still working great, just got a bit nervous before going on a long ride into Canada. I was probably luckier than most. My bike is in the garage all year and almost never gets below freezing though.
 

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I'm going to replace the factory battery with 13,000+ miles on it in the spring with a Shorai, even though I have no problems with it. A bit spendy, but I feel money well spent.
 

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Maybe you could "part it forward" all those early changed out battery's are still good. Some buddy struggling might put it to good use? Or let it sit in a box and grow old.
 

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I think i will change it out with a Gel Cell this comeing summer before rideing up to N.C. for some Mtn. rideing.
 

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I changed mine at 25k but then found out that it was my stator that was bad, not the original battery. Although, if you have 25-30k on your bike and are planning a long soul ride, I would lean toward getting a new one just to be safe. Its hard to enjoy a soul changing experience like the Blue Ridge Parkway when you spend half a day pushing a 600 lb. bike up a mountain in 90 degree heat while cussing your battery.

Hope you have a great ride. If you get up to Little Switzerland, make sure to take a loop on the Diamondback (NC226A). And if you are near Black Mountain, there ain't nothing like My Father's Pizza.
Cheers!
 

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I took my old bike battery and use it to charge up my cell phone, I rigged up a cigarette lighter socket to the old battery
You should have wired in a couple wires to be able to recharge the old battery as well. Give yourself a second battery in the system...
 

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I took my old bike battery and use it to charge up my cell phone, I rigged up a cigarette lighter socket to the old battery
grimey,, you could hook up an alternator to a bicycle sprocket and keep that batt'ry charged.. or better yet, put the alternator on your stationary bike exerciser and while your pounding away the pounds you kan lite up a camel. think of all the accessories you can power while you melt away the fat. an yor welcome, ponchout
 
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