Help - What do ya think I've got going wrong? -
02 650 classic bought last Fall.
Last ride was week before Christmas then sat in the garage with battery tender until yesterday.
Over the winter I added Yammi passing lamps, Diamond Star headlight modulator, and threw in a Sylvania Silverstar replacement headlight bulb. (Triple Whammy also waiting to be installed.)
Yesterday was a nice sunny 40-50 deg day, so took her out for about a 45 min cruise. Got home, parked her in the driveway for a few minutes, went back to put her away and she wouldn't start - dead battery?
Rolled back into garage and put her on battery tender again.
Usually the tender only stays in the charging mode (red light) for a few minutes the goes right to storage (green light).
This time she was in charging mode for hours before the green light started flickering (It was in green mode again this am.).
I pulled battery compartment cover last night
Seems like there is some sort of plastic cover with wires/fuses ect on outside face of Battery - How does this all come off?
Have the 35w passing lamps overloaded the bike's capacity?
I have no idea how old the battery is, could it be going bad?
If I had stopped somewhere on the road and it was dead, how would I get going again? (Can you jump just like a car?)
New battery availability? (Sears, Napa, AutoZone?)
How about a Volt meter? Has anyone added one on their bike? (I've seen the Kuryaken one with the colored lights but was wondering if anyone used a simpler/cheaper one from an autoparts place.)
Ya I know, lots of dumb newbie questions!