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    Dear forum
    for many many years, i finally have got a BMW F 800 GT from 2013.
    Preowned, all services done by BMW, fine conditions, 20.000 KM private sale
    When I first look at it, the owner had some problems starting the bike, but after a short batt. charge, it started.
    test drive no problem, and after the deal, i have driven it once, without any problem.
    Now after a week, without any action, i was planning to take it for a drive this evening....but no joy.

    Displays turns on, gear is neutral, but the display only clicks when the start button is activated.
    Under the seat there is a small box, which I thougth was the dwa, no battery inside, and after this box have been reconnected, the is no lights in the display....
    The fuel pump is working i can hear, but engine dosn't turn on....
    I'm so sad right now, hope some one knows some one, who knows what to check ?

    BR
    Alex

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    Replace the battery.
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    Does it start when you pull the clutch (despite it is in neutral)? If so, the microswitch in the clutch lever is not working properly.
    The earlier switch assemblies of the GT (both left and right) are of a bad quality. Mine have been replaced for free (known problem, no recall action). Contact a BMW dealer.

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    You have a 2013 model. It is perfectly normal for the battery to be bad by this time.

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    Yes, Battery replacement would be my call. If OE its done well to last 8 years, in fact could have been replaced at 4, & worn out again after another 4 years
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    When it was 6.5 years old my 2013 GT used to exhibit this behaviour. Only occasionally, but it was annoying when it happened. As others have said, a new battery is the answer.
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    Try to charge the battery. If it charges up ok try to see if the bike starts then check the battery voltage to see if the battery is being charged by the bike.
    If the battery wont start the bike or wont charge, get and fit a new battery.
    Then check too see that the bike is charging the new battery.
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    This brings up an interesting question for me - how long "should" a motorcycle battery last? On both my bikes, I have the batteries on a battery tender (Deltran) 100% of the time when they are not being ridden. I would think this would extend battery life, but maybe not?

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    The merits of using a Battery Tender (or equivalent) have been discussed many times on this forum. Based on 25+ years of using one on each of my bikes, I can count on a minimum of 8 years of battery life, and these are bikes that see very little use for 7-8 months of the year due to the awful weather around here. They really are cheap insurance against premature battery failure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyrider View Post
    This brings up an interesting question for me - how long "should" a motorcycle battery last? On both my bikes, I have the batteries on a battery tender (Deltran) 100% of the time when they are not being ridden. I would think this would extend battery life, but maybe not?
    The original BMW-brand AGM battery in my 2009 F650GS only lasted 6 months until if failed without warning and left me stranded by the side of the road and needing a tow to my BMW dealer where the battery was replaced by a new one. The same thing happened to the same type of battery that came with my 2007 R1200R after 24 months. On the other hand, the original battery that came with my 1986 Honda VFR700FII lasted for 8 years until a blown VR took it out. The little lithium battery that I have in my Royal Enfield has also lasted for 8 years so far. However a Bike Master gel battery that I installed in my F650GS, gave up after only one year and was replaced with an expensive lithium battery, which is still starting the bike with gusto. Unfortunately, I am not sure if any good generalizations can be made about batteries nowadays. It really seems to be the luck of the draw.
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    So, to prevent "problems" on the road, maybe replace battery every 5-6 years, whether still "good" or not...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyrider View Post
    So, to prevent "problems" on the road, maybe replace battery every 5-6 years, whether still "good" or not...?
    I would say just keep an eye on your battery. Check the voltage now and then and see how well it is turning over the engine in the morning. If the voltage starts dropping unusually or the battery struggles to start the engine in the morning then it might be time to replace your battery.
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    i believe it's the original battery in my '13 - it's been on the tender since i bought it a year ago - i'm just gonna try and make it through this summer and go ahead and replace it next fall - 8 years is good enough for me -
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    Dear all
    New to this forum, not sure if there is a way to reply to all ?
    First of all, thanks for all the posts, really appreciate it.
    The battery was dead, not able to keep the voltage.
    After a replacement battery have been installed, it runs with out any problems.
    Have subsequently invested in a smart charger from CTEK.

    Once again thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by alje View Post
    Dear forum
    for many many years, i finally have got a BMW F 800 GT from 2013.
    Preowned, all services done by BMW, fine conditions, 20.000 KM private sale
    When I first look at it, the owner had some problems starting the bike, but after a short batt. charge, it started.
    test drive no problem, and after the deal, i have driven it once, without any problem.
    Now after a week, without any action, i was planning to take it for a drive this evening....but no joy.

    Displays turns on, gear is neutral, but the display only clicks when the start button is activated.
    Under the seat there is a small box, which I thougth was the dwa, no battery inside, and after this box have been reconnected, the is no lights in the display....
    The fuel pump is working i can hear, but engine dosn't turn on....
    I'm so sad right now, hope some one knows some one, who knows what to check ?

    BR
    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    I would say just keep an eye on your battery. Check the voltage now and then and see how well it is turning over the engine in the morning. If the voltage starts dropping unusually or the battery struggles to start the engine in the morning then it might be time to replace your battery.
    That is my method if battery ownership - in most instances you will be able to hear when the battery is no longer able to spin the engine over at a crisp pace on a cold start.

    Most of the batteries in my car last around 5 years before they get lazy. The OEM Yuasa battery in my Honda ST11000 lasted 15 years and suddenly failed when I stopped for fuel one day....it did provide a small bit of warning as it was beginning to turn the engine over slowly on the morning start. The battery in my 2016 F800GT was replaced in 2020 as it was beginning to act sluggish - I bought the bike used and I have no idea what kind of care the previous owner took.....the battery could have been allowed to go flat during the winters.

    I would expect to be able to get 4-5 trouble free years - and when I am just riding local I keep an ear open for how well the battery spins the engine over....if it gets sluggish you know it is not going to last much longer. If it is fall and winter is approaching I tend to try and get another month or two - then replace it in the spring. If I was going on a long tour and wanted to have the best chance of making the trip trouble free and my battery was old - I might replace it before the trip.

    In the winter I put a battery tender on the battery for a day or two every couple of weeks - I don't leave it connected continually as I want to be sure a tender malfunction doesn't occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyrider View Post
    So, to prevent "problems" on the road, maybe replace battery every 5-6 years, whether still "good" or not...?
    I carry one of those jump-start batteries. They are small, yet hold enough juice to start a car several times. I've never used it on my own bike, just on other's bikes.
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    When the BMW-brand battery of my 2007 R1200R failed suddenly after 2 years, I was at my brother's house and he gave me a jump start using his car's battery. The bike started right up, but as soon as we removed the battery leads, the bike just stopped. After trying that a couple of times we gave up and had the bike towed my dealer where they said that the battery had suffered an internal short and needed to be replaced. Fortunately, it was still covered (just barely) by BMW's 24-month battery warranty and was replaced for free.
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    Usually batteries kind of slowly die but occasionally they have an internal fault which causes them to suddenly fail. My experience is a battery will work well for a very long time particularly if used regularly but if it is inadvertently drained by leaving the ignition on or something then it will fail totally.

    It cracks me up every time i read @Ricahrd230 comment "had it towed to the dealer" because an image of him holding onto a tow rope being pulled to the dealer jumps into my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoAl View Post
    Usually batteries kind of slowly die but occasionally they have an internal fault which causes them to suddenly fail. My experience is a battery will work well for a very long time particularly if used regularly but if it is inadvertently drained by leaving the ignition on or something then it will fail totally.

    It cracks me up every time i read @Ricahrd230 comment "had it towed to the dealer" because an image of him holding onto a tow rope being pulled to the dealer jumps into my mind.
    Fortunately, the bike was still under BMWNA's 3-year warranty and they paid to have it loaded into a flatbed truck and transported to the dealer. I once tried towing a motorcycle with a rope tied around the handlebars and it didn't work out all that well.
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