Between my knees being messed up for a few years and now having cancer I haven't ridden my bike in a while. I don't trust being able to hold the heavy bastard up at a stop sign or red light. I still keep it up to date with inspections and run it in the driveway for awhile, etc.
I went out to start it last weekend and the battery was dead. I keep it on a Battery tender all the time when it's parked in the garage so I was bummed out. I got a new battery and swapped it out today with the help of wifey, I'm just too weak to do some things anymore.
I put the date on things when I get them, the date on the dead battery, which did run last summer, was January of 2013. Nearly 10 years from that battery, gotta love those battery tenders.
Photo of my bike ---> https://i.postimg.cc/MGyDqS6H/myrk.jpg
That's a nice bike, and that was impressive battery life.
I recently got a CB500X per a friend's recommendation. I was looking at a H-D, but the weight difference was all it took. I'm having a blast on the ~200# lighter CB500X.
My first street bike was a Honda CX500, the V-Twin was in sideways. Similar to this one:
My first bike was a Honda Scrambler 350.
My first Real bike was a 1956 Harley panhead hardtail in CA.
Sold it when I went back to college on the GI bill during the gas crisis in the 70's in CA, and picked up a 1970 Sportster. And sold that when I moved to Ohio and it's crappy roads.
Had a number of different dirt bikes and raced motocross. A buddy of mine I rode with was a two time world champion.
Later on I had a few street bikes, but my last one along with a dirt bike went up in flames in a garage fire. It's been quite a few years since I've been on a bike. I miss riding.
and can not live without them.
x2. Battery on my bike just passed 10 years in February and still cranks good. Will have to se how much longer it lasts. Those tenders are great.
Beautiful bike, BTW. Easy to see why you want to take care of it.
As for battery life, I studied the Tender and Minder years ago and decided on the Minder due to it's computer chip handling of the charging. I have used the Minder on my RV house batteries, Bobcat skid loader, lawn tractor and my 1995 GMC van that is driven only about 500 miles a year. Retired like I am. I have been getting 11 + years life consistently. I do check the water level every year or so and any new batteries I buy are AGM due to inaccessibility of checking the water on the Bobcat and laziness on my part.
I think the Minder and Tender are both good, but advise careful study of exactly what they do when buying new.
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