Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

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Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby Parker11 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:22 pm

My battery is dead but just want to make sure it is not alternator-can anyone tell me this: Lights work when hooked to trickle charge but just "clicks" when trying to start. I was able to start once hooked to trickle charge but after an hour of riding bike would not start immediately after shutting off. Also anyone know someone with a trailer who can haul bike to shop?
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby mivie » Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:02 pm

Hi, Parker11. This "Help Forum" is more suited for help with using the forum rather than help with your bike. Your might consider moving your question to the "Motorcycle Discussions" section to get more views, help & answers. Mike
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby NathanF » Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:41 pm

I say it's a bad battery . My GS have killed 4 each time it's just the battery.
I got my last one from Napa it is a high output .

If have meter put in the new one and see what volt ,it should be above 13.0+ if working right

Any way
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby bmrjack » Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:44 pm

The old adage is once a battery is truly "dead" no amount of recharging will bring it back. 2nd rule-if battery more than 2-3 years old you're living on borrowed time.
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby Fred(Prez2.1) » Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:17 pm

I agree with Nathan and Jack, it's most likely the battery. The alternators on the RTs are fairly bulletproof and they put out a good amount of power.
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby RocklinMike » Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:11 pm

Most likely the battery. Checking the system with a multimeter will tell u if your charging system is functional with the engine running. Put the battery on the charger and take it to Aurozone or wherever and do a load test. Batteries can take a dump at any time.
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby TerryCaffery » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:59 pm

If the bike sits for more than a week the clock will drain the battery. Best to charge weekly. Gary Stofer suggested years ago to put a timer on the charger and I have used his advice with great results. Just plug in through the aux plug from the 2 amp charger. For my bike which sees little use with a clock, I disconnect the battery. Best thing is don't try to start with a weak battery, the points in the starter selinoid may weld together making the starter motor continue to run. Also, short motorcycle runs will not recharge battery to full status so recharge the battery over night, than disconnect the battery charger, let sit for a few hours then check the voltage.
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby bmrjack » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:34 pm

FYI-I've never charged my Shorai lithium ion battery since I bought it 2 years ago. (BTW Shorai says you don't need to charge it if you ride at least twice a month. Hello!!??)
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby r90beemer » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:15 pm

I put an Odyssey battery in my 2005 R1200RT a few years ago and found I could let it sit for three weeks without trickle charging it and it would start right up. I got it at a warehouse in West Sacramento called Battery Systems. 617-2300. I have found Odyssey batteries to be very good for motorcycles and they don't break the bank either. Changing one is a piece of cake, just be sure to get the adapter kit with it and you may need a small piece of wood to tighten up the hold down properly. Tom
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby Mike Herte » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:14 am

Unless you have a BMW charger, you won't be able to charge your R1200RT through it's auxiliary port. This is because all post-2005 BMW motorcycles (except 2005-08 K1200LT and single-cylinder bikes) have the CAN Bus electrical system which "disconnects" the aux. outlets along with everything else when you switch the key off.

Work-arounds - to avoid the expense of the BMW Fully Automatic Battery Charger/Maintainer (http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=147277) - include adding an SAE connector to your battery as we do at A&S so that it's convenient to connect a Battery Tender and to "hardwire" your outlet to the battery through a fuse.

At the risk of sounding like an ad, here's a page of battery chargers and accessories available at A&S: http://search.ascycles.com/search#w=battery%20charger&asug=batter
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby NathanF » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:00 am

This is what I use on 2009 GT for the last 4 years ,Odyssey Battery- PCS680MJ


http://www.jpcycles.com/battery-tender? ... atchtype=e
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby Mike Herte » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:46 am

I'm not trying to be a nanny, but the ones listed in Nathan's post from JP Cycles are not legal for sale in CA. (Yes, we're well protected here on the left coast.)
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby NathanF » Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:17 pm

Mike Herte wrote:I'm not trying to be a nanny, but the ones listed in Nathan's post from JP Cycles are not legal for sale in CA. (Yes, we're well protected here on the left coast.)





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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby RocklinMike » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:40 pm

Am i missing something here? Battery chargers are now controlled by the frickin' useless govt? I thought 12v's was 12v's. Heard of some stupid Shi@#t but this is REALLY STUPID! I thought I read this thread throughout but I must of missed something . Must be global warming. Idiots! This country is in big trouble with the current mentality. RANT OVER. For now.....more to follow.
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby Mike Herte » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:14 pm

FYI: Here's the list of approved Deltran Battery Tenders per California EPA. (I extracted this list when I was posting the new products on A&S's website.)

California Legal Battery Tenders.doc
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby DougF » Tue May 26, 2015 2:03 pm

I think I have the Battery Tender Plus pictured in Nathan's post. Why aren't they legal to sell in CA?
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Re: Battery on RT1200 Troubleshooting

Postby Mike Herte » Tue May 26, 2015 3:32 pm

As I understand it, the new standards for CA are about energy conservation. The new ones shut off automatically after a period of time.
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