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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2013, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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New F4 battery woes

I know the answer is to take it back to the dealer even before I describe the problem, but I'm just looking to get opinions in the meantime before I get the opportunity:

My F4 1000, which I got yesterday, will not start if left for more than about 8 minutes!

It turns over once before the relay clicks and the electrics are reset.

Charging voltage is 14.1, which is within range. After running the battery voltage stabilises at 13.25 with ignition off, but after 8 minutes it's dropped to 12.96 at which point it won't start. It'll continue to drop to around 12.5 within 12 hours.

It has an alarm fitted, but removing the alarm fuse makes no difference, so I don't think that has anything to do with it.

Could the battery be a dud? Anything else I can try? It's frustrating to have a new bike I can't ride and stop anywhere!

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if it turns out to be a knackered battery invest in a quality one as the battery is mounted on it's side and you don't want a leak!

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If it turns out to be a knackered battery I won't be investing anything at all. The bike is 1 day old!

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might check the ground going wire going to the engine block, it might be loose causing intermittent lack of charging, tho it's probably a bad battery. You also might check the batter terminal cables that they're tight.

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I don't think it's connections because it does charge. After a ride the battery voltage is well over 13 volts. Trouble is 10 minutes later it's dropped to 12.9, where it won't start. But I would have expected anything over 12 should be enough. So I suspect it's taking volts, but not producing the amps required, so could be a duff cell or something.

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Sounds like a battery to me Si, probably the same one which has been sitting in the bike since it left the factory quite some time ago now.

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Whats your thoughts on these - is it worth the investment

NEW PRODUCTS FROM MV AGUSTA SPECIAL PARTS
The MV Agusta Special Parts range has been enhanced with two additional new products: a lithium battery that provides better overall performance combined with a considerable savings in terms of weight and the MV Agusta Corse silencer that is dedicated to all of the F4 models from MY2010 to present.

The battery, which includes a charge indicator, is 65% lighter than the standard component and also offers greater longevity in addition to a faster recharge capability.

http://www.mvagusta.it/en/news/new-p...-special-parts

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Whats your thoughts on these - is it worth the investment

NEW PRODUCTS FROM MV AGUSTA SPECIAL PARTS
The MV Agusta Special Parts range has been enhanced with two additional new products: a lithium battery that provides better overall performance combined with a considerable savings in terms of weight and the MV Agusta Corse silencer that is dedicated to all of the F4 models from MY2010 to present.

The battery, which includes a charge indicator, is 65% lighter than the standard component and also offers greater longevity in addition to a faster recharge capability.

http://www.mvagusta.it/en/news/new-p...-special-parts
Only if my existing battery had died, then I would find out how much these guys want for it first.

I run a Ballistic (12Cell) and a Racing Batteries (8Cell) battery in each bike, no problems.
With the RB being a more expensive option, but only 8cell, on cold mornings it will take 3 goes to start the MV, the Ballistic 12cell laugh's at the cold weather, and they both have the same insulation on them.

But what I like about this MV stickered battery is that it's assembled in the correct shape for the MV battery tray. Some of the other brands can be a bit awkward to install John.

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Thanks mate - appreciate feedback

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Si..

It does sound like a dead cell in the OEM battery.. Have you got a mate you can swap batteries to confirm the fault or if you belong to the RAC or AA, ask them for a call out and get them to drop test your MV unit..




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These new batteries will be standard fitment on MV's from mid 2013 onwards.. They are made for MV by another supplier and if I told you the cost, you'd faint from shock


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