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Took a long enduro ride yesterday on 04 TC 450. Muddy,rocks,streams, stop and go. Numorous stalls and restarts. Bottom of canyon on goat trail. Bike stalls again and guess what... dead battery. Took 1.5 hours of lifting, dragging and pushing to get to a area where I could bump-start. Not fun, rode home in dark. What is normal restarting capacity of a stock battery? Could my battery be getting old and weak or is it just me? Has anybody converted over to kickstart mode and how much does the additon cost?

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Fear and loathing in Lake Morena

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This is common issue with the new 4/s estart bikes...small battery, low charging ability, especially at lower, and sustained low rpm riding...

Things to do....check the grounds, check all wiring and connections....

Put on a battery tender to keep the think at peak charge when not in use...

Eliminate all unneeded parasitic drain ( turn off or dont use Head light/ running lights when off road)...

Try to at least occassionaly rev the engine to get up to charging speed of your system...when you can open it up do so...and in doing so help charge the battery....

If its a continued issue...check your charging system and/or battery for dysfunction and fix it...even a new or near new battery can be faulty...

batteries can only be cycled ( drained and recharged) so often...maybe your battery has turned to S--T....

If your bike has a kick start function...then use it except for restarting...

If your bike doesnot have a kick starter, and you can add one do so....

If your bike has no kick start and you are unable to add one...then only ride with a good battery...safe the battery as best you can during your ride...and park on top of a hill, just in case...

Good luck.... :cry:

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The same thing happened to me on my '04 TE, although you definitely you had a tougher time finding a hill :cry:

I got the dealer to fit my kickstart after hearing bad stories last year. It's since been upgraded with the '05 parts, that come standard in the kit now.

Mine was expensive but I've seen very low prices quoted in the US.

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