Dead Motorcycle Battery



Yesterday I plugged my motorcycle battery into the small battery charger and left it overnight so it could charge. Today, I thought I’d go for a ride… NOT…

It seems that the battery is shot. “No problem,” I just stop by a motorcycle dealership to pick up a new one.

Wait a minute, not so fast. “That’s a special “T” shaped battery and we don’t carry it in stock. You’ll have to try to get it from the Honda dealer. However, we can order it.”

It seems that my bike, a 1999 Honda Shadow Ace Tour, requires a special battery, just like it requires special proprietary tires. So, I called the Honda dealer. They would have to order the battery too, as they don’t keep it in stock either.

So, it looks like I’m out of luck with the idea of going for a ride until I can get a new battery.


4 thoughts on “Dead Motorcycle Battery

  1. Tom, that sucks! But I have a similar problem with my motorcycle. The Carbs on it require a special parts kit that is only made by one manufacturer. So, i wait for the parts for my bike which will be another 3 weeks 🙁 At least my battery is standard and I found a repacement at Wal*Mart

    BTW, I have a Honda V65 Magna (VF1100C) from 1983

    -Mike

  2. I have a 2006 Shadow Aero 750. Great bike, but Honda can really tick me off with parts! I’ve had to fabricate a few things due to lack of ability to pay for Honda brand add-ons and lack of aftermarket manufacturers making parts that fit it. The bike is one of the highest selling motorcycles and parts are hard to find. It makes no sense.

    The Ace Tour is my favorite Shadow. I wish they still made it.

    If ever have time to kill in Columbus, Ohio, you may want to stop at the Iron Pony, just north of 161 on Westerville Road(SR 3). It’s an old K-Mart plus a few other old stores converted into a motorcycle accessory store. They have a huge lot with plenty of room for trucks to park. They have a website if you want to see what they offer. The prices are average on most things, but they have a closeout section with huge savings. It’s hit and miss on what they offer at them though.

    Good job on improving your website by the way. I haven’t been on here for a long time. Alot of nice changes.

    1. Honda tends to have proprietary parts sometimes. On the other hand, their products tend to be extremely durable and reliable so I guess that’s the trade-off. Besides that, my 1999 Honda Shadow Ace Tour is paid for, and I currently have no intentions of spending money on another bike anytime soon. It looks great and runs great.

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