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Old 11-19-2012, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just pulled my battery out of my '06, 800 Boulevard & took a look at it. It's a FB SUPER MF, FTX12-BS. Made in Japan, ditributed in U.S. by Suzuki. The only number on it is 25013A. I bought the bike used so I have no idea of it's age. Any one have any idea of how old it is?
As far as I can tell the is no problem. Starts up at 25 degrees, no problems even it hasn't been riden for a day or two.
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Probably OEM original
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not sure you can buy OEM batteries, so I'd assume its original. Of coarse now that you said it works great it'll die tomorrow
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why are you worried about it since it isnt giving you any problems

If you are worried do a load test on it and see where it is at
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As mentioned its likely the original but how much longer it will last is hard to tell. Not knowing how well the battery was maintained you might want to consider changing it.

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Thanks for your replies. Not really worried about it, just curious about it. Great artical about batteries.
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I just pulled my battery out of my '06, 800 Boulevard & took a look at it. It's a FB SUPER MF, FTX12-BS. Made in Japan, ditributed in U.S. by Suzuki. The only number on it is 25013A. I bought the bike used so I have no idea of it's age. Any one have any idea of how old it is?
As far as I can tell the is no problem. Starts up at 25 degrees, no problems even it hasn't been riden for a day or two.
Well.. As long as it starts up just fine, I wouldn't worry about it. I don't care how old the battery is. As long as it holds charges fine then enjoy your day riding.. If it cranks slowly or starter making grinding noise, the battery is running low on charge. If you charge the battery and you fire up and ride for a while then park at your home. If it's charging fine from motorcycle's Alternator while kickstanded. Wait an hour or so then try restart the bike, If battery goes dead then it's a bad battery.

Motorcycle Battery is similar to car battery in some way. If you need to replace battery, All you have to do is to go to Auto parts store and match up the battery of different brand and purchase it. Basically all batteries innards are the same.

I do jump start my Vol battery from my SUV battery. It's 12v and bike fires up just fine and I unhook the jumper cable and let the bike's alternator charge the battery. (I was cranking it every 2 seconds because it had been sitting in garage for a 1 1/2 months trying to prime fuel into Carburetor. Battery died out so I jump started it)

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batteries, even brand new ones, can be fine one day and have a dead cell the next
you never know when its gonna hit
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batteries, even brand new ones, can be fine one day and have a dead cell the next
you never know when its gonna hit
Exactly.

I just took wifes car in for oil change/pre-winter check.

5 year old Equinox with original battery so I told them to check the battery.

My mechanic told me the battery checked fine but that they are like fuel pumps, check good today, take a crap tomorrow.

Matter of fact, that car had a dead battery the day after we brought it home from the dealership.

Came from the factory with a dead battery, think I wasn't pissed.
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Any 5 year old battery needs replaced. It will bite you at a very inconvenient time and you'll be kicking yourself in the end.
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