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Does anyone have a recommendation for a replacement battery? Is it unusual to have a weak battery after only 3 years?

Yesterday, I left the key on accidentally for about 15 minutes and couldn't start the bike. I have a light bar with two 50W halogens so that didn't help but I've left them on longer before without any starting problem. Fortunately there was a charger available and I didn't get stranded but now I'm certain it's time to replace the stock battery. Are the new Vulcans still requiring the key to remain in the ignition?
 

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depends on how many times youve killed the battery in those three years. ive had the one in my 96 1500 for the two years ive owned it, and it was in there for probably a year or two before i bought it. still running strong for me.

try to trickle charge it a few days in a row and see if it helps. otherwise ive heard yasa batteries are one of the best batteries so thats what i bought for my new to me V2k.

and i dont have to keep my key in the ignition with the 05 v2k, i do with my 96 1500 tho.
 

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Draining batteries kills them pretty fast. Usually ATV and motorcycle batteries don't last long because people let them die through the winter. Wet cell batteries are not designed to deep cycle. The best way to make a battery last a very long time is to always keep it fully charged by keeping it on charge through the winter or any time the bike sits idle for long periods of time. The first popular automatic float charger was the battery tender, but now automatic chargers are all over the place from local parts stores to Walmart. Don't just get a trickle charger though. Get an automatic charger that won't overcharge the battery.

Another thing I have found is that some vehicles have a significant draw while not running. For example, I have an ATV that kills batteries if left alone for less than one month. I hear the same from everybody that has this particular model. So, it is best to disconnect the battery for long periods of inactivity.
 

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I've always had good experience with Westco AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries. Here's the model for the 900s. Just click to order, free shipping right to your door!:) They show up pretty fast, too. I've ordered from them twice.
 
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