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check the charging voltage on the machine when it is running. use a voltmeter across the battery posts and tell us what the meter says at idle and about 1/4 throttle with the lights off and with the lights on.
 

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Don't ride the machine that often...wondering if I should pull the battery between rides? You think the LCD display that keeps track of time and hours would be enough to drain the battery?
 

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Does your winch have a direct wire switch(usually a big switch has 4 large gauge wires going to it 10 gauge) or a contractor/selenoid (smaller switch with 3 smaller wires maybe 16gauge).

If you have a direct wire switch the problem might be in the winch switch. I had a problem with this on my bike. What I did to fix it was put a 25amp on/off toggle switch in the (+) wire going from the battery to the switch. When ever I wasn't using the winch, flip the toggle to the off position.

A battery tender is a good investment if the bike sits for a while between rides.

Hope this helps.

Blessings,
TRHOD
 

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HondaMechanic,
Interesting information...I was not aware of this...Thanks
TRHOD,
I do have a Superwinch with a 4 wire direct connect but I usually disconnect it because I have heard this can lead to discharge...it has been disconnected for some time. I also have a trickle charger that I don't always connect as I probably should...but now it won't charge the battery.
If noone else has these recurring problems then I will start to look at this situation as unique and start looking deeper to solve this issue.
Thanks again all for the responses!
 

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Sounds like your battery is no good, my wife had the same exact problem with hers and after checking her charging system, I swapped the battery with mine, 2 days later the same battery was dead again. If it won't take a charge from your trickle charger then your battery voltage is probably way to low for it to take, once a lead acid battery gets very low, say 1-3 volts the chance of it recovering are usually very slim.
 

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If thats the original battery id say its time for a new one. If you got 5-6 years out of your battery you def got what you paid for with that battery.
 

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I thought I just got a weak battery from the factory and after replacing it have seen the second battery sucked dry! Not rally a big deal but a real annoyance and frustrating because it won't stop. My brother's Foreman did the same thing by the way. Must be something in the air here:)
 

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Do you have it hooked up right? Not tryin' to sound like a smarty pants, but
on my other atv i used to have, my battery went dead & i bought a new one.
It went dead after one day of ridin'. The problem was, i had the battery
cables crossed. It sucked it dead. What a moron i was.
 
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