January of 2014 with an arctic vortex and multiple single digit weeks has proven to be one of the coldest years yet. In September of 2013 I purchased a 2013 Can Am RTS-SE5. Having owned and reviewing other Chinese scooter reverse trikes like the 250cc MC-95-250 Roketa spyder replica and the 150cc MC_D150TKA Kandi reverse trike I am familiar with dead batteries on several types of vehicles.
Honestly after owning the Can Am for only 4 months and taking care to start it up every couple of weeks I was surprised that it wouldn’t start for me. I’ve read in tech forums where people complain about the extra battery usage on the Can Am for start up and system checks that run after the trike is stopped, but understand from the dealer that the drain on the battery is minimal. I called Mountain Motorsports in Sevierville, TN and asked about the continuous humming after I turned the bike off, to which they said it was normal.
Where is the Battery on a 2013 Can Am RTS-SE5
Unfortunately, I do not have a garage, but keep it under a carport and covered when it’s not being used. After turning on the Can Am the lights and system checks seemed to work fine, but after pressing the mode button and ignition switch it didn’t have enough power to fire up. I initially figured the battery was under the seat and even searched YouTube. The panel where previous model Can Am batteries is located only has two screws but is difficult to remove. No battery, so I called Mountain Motorsports and was told they relocated the battery after 2012 to the front of the Can Am.
This is a much better location and easy to access by unzipping the trunk liner and removing two star screws holding on a cover panel. It takes a few minutes to do if in a hurry and slightly inconvenient when planning to use a trickle charger/maintainer in the winter. I’ve jumped the 250cc Roketa spyder replica by connecting it to my **car battery and it fired up instantly. Since then I’ve purchased a Schumacher Electric charger/maintainer at Wal-Mart for $20 and it worked great. The Schumacher Electric charger uses a regular outlet and has multiple charging speeds and protections to prevent battery damage.
**Note: When jumping from a car DO NOT start the car engine as it will damage the bike and melt the cables
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