Earlier today the Magic Carpet gave us not one, but two “slow” starts. You know what I mean, when the battery is weak an turns the starter slow. But later in the morning it started just fine. One slow start might be an anomaly but two in the same morning is definitely a warning. The battery was a Panasonic AGM style and was four and a half years old. The motorcycle is plugged into a Battery Tender whenever parked in the garage and it’s said this procedure greatly enhances battery longevity. But tomorrow I’m leaving for a few days in Florida with my Dad and then a week after getting back we’re heading to Maggie Valley, NC. Donna told me that she’d feel better if I went ahead and got a new battery. I thought about it and she was right. I didn’t want to stop for gas or to rest and end up having to call roadside assistance from the BMWMOA and then figuring if the dealer in Marietta, GA, Jacksonville, FL or Daytona Beach, FL was closest should the battery decide to ruin my plans. I decided to get the Odyssey PC680 battery that comes highly recommended. I got the battery at BatteriePlus where they had it in stock. It was kind of ironic that last Saturday the battery in the car went belly up too.
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