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2001 Honda RC51

Juice-Less

Classic Velocity

For no apparent reason, the Gel battery on the RC51 went dead. It had not been sitting long, and in fact my first thought was that it just needed charging. However, overnight it seemed to leave the charger in a confused state. Other attempts produced nothing but confused batter chargers as well. Sticking the meter on it revealed that it was done.

At the local parts store, the tech looked at the old one and dated it to 2005. He said that was a long life, and he was surprised it lasted that long. A replacement was had for under $100. Back at the garage, it just seems like a crime to throw away a heavy sealed battery that has no outward signs of damage, but I did. The new one brought the bike to life instantly, but by then I had run out of time to ride....

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