I have a 2008 Burgman 400 that I haven't ridden much since last summer. I have a cheap trickle charger that I have always used to charge the battery after it sits all winter (The scooter has always been in a garage that stays around 50 all winter). In the past the charger has worked fine to get the battey working normally again.
A few months ago we had some warm days here, so I charged the battery and it worked fine. Then I didn't turn it on since then until I tried to yesterday. It wouldn't start at all, so I took the battery back out and charged it overnight as usual. This time nothing happens. It's like the battery is dead. Now when I hook the battery back up to the charger, the charger makes a funny pulsing sound like going to explode or something. I never heard that before. But I still see some sparks when I hook up the + terminal from the charger, so I'm not sure if the charger is defective or not.
Should I buy a better charger like this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Peak-PKC0CT-Intel ... 073&sr=1-1
This would tell me if the battery has any charge, but I'm not sure if I could use this to actually jumpstart the scooter. My car is a Prius, so I don't think I can jumpstart anything using that type of car. I would like the option of being able to start the scooter so I could take it to the dealer if necessary.
Do you guys agree that I should get a different charger first? if so, what kind would you recommend that could tell me the condition of the battery and also jumpstart the scooter?
If I do need to get a new battery, what is the best price online? The battery has the number FTZ9-BS on it, but I can't find a battery for sale that matches that number.
Sorry if these are stupid questions! I really appreciate any help you guys can give me.
BTW, I have not had the recall service yet, but I don't think that's related since it was working fine last year and I only have 1,888 miles on it in the 3 years I have owned it.