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My Ducati 998 will not start in the morning. It could be 30 or 100 degrees outside and still give me problems. Once its jumped, it'll work fine all day (never need another jump that day). Next morning, the same thing all over again. What could be draining my battery overnight? I have a new battery in it. It sounds like there isn't enough juice to crank it over. When I jump it, you could hear the starter crank faster and the bike starts right up. Installed a new starter a few days ago. Same problem. Now I have 2 starters. Can anyone help? Frank

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Do you have one of those tiny batteries in there? The ones that lay flat, gel pack,? Did you put the gel in it? Did you charge it up overnight when it was first filled and sealed? I have the same problem, weak battery, same battery, 2002 S4, Even when the battery was new, it was sluggish. My bike sat all winter, soaking wet, never touched it, when I went out to start it, I put the charger on it and it fired right up. Everybody else had to go to the shop to get the carbs cleaned and the batteries replaced. Anyway, check the voltage, it should be 12.6 volts anytime. In a week it will run down, it is a static system.If it doesn't hold a charge, replace it. Or do what I do, charge the thing up every time. A battery tender will do the job. Hope this helps.

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