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I rode to the coffee shop, parked my bike, decided NOT to lock the helmet on the bike as usual. I didn't want the helmet to bake in the sun.

I got distracted by parking patrol car, the guy always wants me to move my bike. I forgot to switch the ignition off.

Sat w my friends for about an hour and a half. When I go back to the bike, I note the lights were still on. I tried to pop open the seat to get my gloves, and there was not enough juice to do so. I put my helmet on, hoped for the best, and the bike fired up. Whew. I was able to get home and the bike spent a few hours on the battery tender.

I couldn't get to my gloves, and if I locked my helmet I couldn't ride home as I did (gloveless but head protected). Of course once I got the bike rolling I didn't want to chance it stalling so didn't dig for the gloves.

In decades of riding I never did this, but there you go.
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Glad to hear it still fired up after a hour and a half.

Could you not of popped the seat after starting the Vespa? There's also the emergency manual pull handle in the glove box that pops the seat if the battery is flat.
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You can always open the pet carrier (even with the battery disconnected/discharged) using the emergency release in the glove compartment.
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Once I started it, I just zoomed away, paranoid (well, concerned) about stalling.

I forgot about the lever in the glove box. Not sure if there was enough juice when pressing in the ignition switch to open the box.
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In my opinion, the seat bench release still works if the battery voltage is no longer sufficient for starting. What does the voltage display on the MY23 GTS show?
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When I ride, it's @14.4. It gets up there as soon as I roll out of the driveway.

I just turned on the ignition and it's @12.6 before starting.
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cogind wrote:
When I ride, it's @14.4. It gets up there as soon as I roll out of the driveway.

I just turned on the ignition and it's @12.6 before starting.
Looks like the battery is ok
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Thanks for the chart!
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cogind wrote:
Once I started it, I just zoomed away, paranoid (well, concerned) about stalling.

I forgot about the lever in the glove box. Not sure if there was enough juice when pressing in the ignition switch to open the box.
IIRC, the manual release for the seat is just that - manual. No electricity involved.
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