New Battery F700GS

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New Battery F700GS

Postby richjk » Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:54 pm

I've just taken the bike in to a motorrad, had them assess as it wasn't starting too well. They've said this needs a new battery and will cost £180.

That's a £56 battery as far as I'm aware and £124 labour. That's a very expensive amount of labour time in my eyes.

Thoughts?

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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby Teetwothousand » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:06 pm

I agree, an easy task to buy one yourself and fit in 10 mins
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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby Teetwothousand » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:07 pm

I agree, an easy task to buy one yourself and fit in 10 mins
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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby richjk » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:08 pm

But i was unaware of the initial problem, could've been starter/fuel etc, so needed them too look at it. But overall do you feel its expensive?

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New Battery F700GS

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:52 pm

Does the £180 include time spent diagnosing the problem?

If you intend to do some DIY work on your bike you need to acquire a basic tool kit that will allow you to do this.

Use the forum for what tools might be required if you are not sure and also for advice.

In this case posted, a multimeter would have helped diagnose the problem:

A weak battery can often be diagnosed by connecting the multimeter across the battery terminals when set to read 12 volts DC.

However, before doing this, the battery and main earth connections should be disconnected and cleaned to bright metal before reconnecting. This ensures that bad connections are not the cause of the problem.

When connected across the battery, the meter should read 12 - 13 volt with ignition off.

If the engine is then cranked over, the voltage should not fall below 9 volts when it is cranking.

If it stays above 9 volts, the battery is likely OK.

If it goes below 9 volts, the battery is either needing replaced or the Starter Motor may be faulty.

To determine if it is a battery or a Starter Motor fault, use Jump Leads to connect a good car battery to the bike battery - if it still does not crank over properly then the Starter Motor is suspect.

If it does crank over properly, then the battery is suspect.

The voltage across the battery will read around 14.0 volts at 2000 rpm if the battery is being charged and 12 - 13 volt when idling so the meter allows you to check the charging easily as well.
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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby richjk » Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:00 pm

Much appreciated Ced. I've tinkered in the past with other bikes but just don't get the time now. Fine if this price is expected, as you pay them for something you don't have time to, but not happy if I'm getting ripped off.

It was all in for 180 yep. Diagnosing too, although when i got there I said it was the battery.

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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby Tango » Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:43 pm

May i suggest that it probably took Ced longer to write that post than it would for a trained BMW Motorrad tech to carry out the work, so for me that price is daylight robbery.
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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby richjk » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:01 pm

So just picked it up. Surfing the net for an F700 battery lead me to believe it was £56, which is true but that's not the one they've fitted, which is so high spec I reckon I could start a jumbo with it. 105 quid pre vat. So 15 labour and 30 for testing to diagnose it was battery, the rest is VAT.

He said they only fit this battery so i guess it's not their choice but double the price of others? Just seems daft.

Appreciate all the replies anyway. Much appreciated.

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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby Ruralman » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:16 pm

Hi richjk,
This is why I try to keep away from the BM shops and do what I can myself.
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Re: New Battery F700GS

Postby Teetwothousand » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:58 pm

Will you be changing your user name from richjk to poorjk? Lol

On the bright side it is now fixed so worth a weight off your mind.
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