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Old 17th April 2006
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If you are charging the battery at 5 amps you have killed it. No motorcycle barttery should ever be charged at more than 2 amps. The preferred chargers are the automatic ones between .75 and 1.5 amps, like Battery tender or Battery Minder, or other similar ones from auto parts shops. These either shut off or go into a maintenance mode when the battery is fully charged.

A cheap load test is to fully charge the battery then, with the plugs disconnected and a voltmeter attached to the battery, crank the starter for 10 seconds [no more!]. If the reading goes below 10 volts the battery is toast.
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