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 Post subject: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:01 am 
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Motorcycle: honda 250 rebel
Rebel: 250
Country: usa
State/Province: ma
City: dracut
I'm new to riding. I just bought a Honda 250 2008. Started right up, drove a little 3 weeks ago. When we went to start it was
dead, click click. They told it is a brand new battery. I notice that I did not click the directionals off, but the bike was off. What could
be draining the battery?


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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:29 am 
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Motorcycle: Honda Shadow ACE (2003)
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Get yourself a trickle-charger.

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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:05 pm 
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Heh. I have not been in the cage for so long that the battery died in that. If it weren't for winter I probably wouldn't even keep it.


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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:17 pm 
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I would think a new (er) battery should not discharge completely in three weeks if it was fully charged, and in good condition, without a reason. There could be a small current flow out of the battery when the ignition is "off". This is not a common problem but it's possible. It's easily checked by removing the negative lead from battery post and connecting a volt-ohm meter (set to read D.C. amps) between the neg. battery post and the end of the now disconnected neg. lead. The meter should display zero amps if everything is normal. You should then switch the range of the meter down to the milliamps range, where it should still display zero milliamps if normal.
Any reading displayed on the meter means there is a current drain from the battery.

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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:17 pm 
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Well, you could always have a gremlin colony. They need energy, TOO, you know. ;0)

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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:09 pm 
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Motorcycle: 1996 harley sportster 1200c
Rebel: 250
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could it have been off in the park mode?where the light in the back stays on?

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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:13 pm 
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Motorcycle: 08 Versys, 97 C-10, 79 KZ650
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No park on the newer Rebels. Good thought for older bikes.

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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:36 am 
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RE: the new battery: lots of shops incorrectly put new batteries into service (don't put a full charge onthem before handing them over to the unsuspecting customer). If this were followed by low speed riding and sporadic use, it could be the cause.
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 Post subject: Re: Honda 250 rebel
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:35 am 
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I think brent is probably right -- I guess I would suspect the battery wasn't fully charged to begin with and wasn't used enough afterward to keep it charged. If that is the case, your best bet at this point is to put a trickle charger on the battery and fully charge it to see if that corrects your problem. There are a number of trickle chargers sold for motorcycle batteries. I use the Battery Tender Jr. sold by just about any motorcycle shop/ store. Harbor Freight sells a smart trickle charger for around $5, I have used theirs and it works just fine.

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