I seem to have a problem with my battery overheating. I have an '02 919 and for the past two summers, my battery has died at the end of a long, hot ride in the middle of July or August (this is a very late post). Now this isn't just my battery discharging and simply needing some time hooked up to the battery tender, my battery dies. It stops holding a charge at all.
Each time this has happened, it has been a very hot day, and I have gotten stuck in traffic for the last 30 minutes of my ride. Extreme heat and long periods of idling are known to murder batteries.
I'm wondering if anyone else has had anything like this happen and if there is any kind of solution. Something to keep the battery cool? Otherwise I'm going to have to buy stock in Yuasa.
I know some of you will say, "What the hell are you doing sitting in traffic on a hot day? Split it!" Unfortunately, New Jersey hasn't seen the light to make it legal and people sitting in tunnel traffic on their way to NYC are just the kind of people who would open a door out of spite.
Anyway, has anyone else had problems with hot batteries and did they come up with any ideas to counter it? Thanks.