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I have a 1984 CM250, ( think the last year before then Rebel took over from the CM250). I took it out of storage today. I had it on a trickle charger all winter. The bike wouldn't start. I then boosted the battery from my car. I let it charge for about 10 minutes and then tried to start it. The bike started. I left the bike going for about 15-20 minutes. I then went for about a 10-15 minute ride. The bike went fine. When i was about 1/2 mile from home, the bike died. I couldn't restart it. While walking it home, I tried to jumpstart it a few times but that didn't work. When I got home, I boosted it again. It boosted right away, no problem. I left it going for another 15 minutes, turn it off and then restarted it no problem.

Would I be correct in thinking the battery isn't retaining a charge. I found it strange that the bike had been going for almost 30 minutes and it just stopped.

Hopefully someone can answer me on this.
Thanks for any help
 

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Charge the battery with a proper charger, no more than 5A. Also, batteries do not charge from an idling engine. Your battery is probably fine but that trickle charger might be junk.
 

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Charge the battery with a proper charger, no more than 5A. Also, batteries do not charge from an idling engine. Your battery is probably fine but that trickle charger might be junk.
Thanks. I actually just went out to try to start the bike again and it wouldn't start. I'm sure it would with a charge.

1984 CM250 and 2000 Shadow ACE
 

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Jump it with a car battery but be sure the car engine isn't running. If it turns over but doesn't start, the motorcycle battery needs charging or is bad.
 
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