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Old 11-09-12, 16:58   #1
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A bit of advice.

So .......... I have read so many posts on this board relating to dead batteries, electrical problems with no idea what the battery voltage is, etc. etc.

Invest in a simple $35 Tender, keep it plugged in and many of these problems will no longer be an issue. Your battery will certainly appreciate it.

I have 6-bikes in the garage and they are all on a Battery Tender....it's part of owning a modern motorcycle, just like chain lube, regular fluid & coolant changes, and a good stand.
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Old 11-09-12, 17:47   #2
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If you buy a lithium-iron battery, you could probably get away without a tender. Have let it sit for 2-3 weeks before, and the voltage drop is insignificant.
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A bit of advice.

So .......... I have read so many posts on this board relating to dead batteries, electrical problems with no idea what the battery voltage is, etc. etc.

Invest in a simple $35 Tender, keep it plugged in and many of these problems will no longer be an issue. Your battery will certainly appreciate it.

I have 6-bikes in the garage and they are all on a Battery Tender....it's part of owning a modern motorcycle, just like chain lube, regular fluid & coolant changes, and a good stand.
+1...very religious about this and my battery lasted as long as my D675. My Bonnie I bought back in 2008 is still on its original battery and on a tender also
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Since when has modern technology dictated that I need a tender to maintain reliability?

Of course on the other side of the coin, I bought a bike new in 2003 and sold it in 2009 with 75000 klm on it. Original battery. Never had a flat in 6 years.

You don't necessarily need a battery tender if you ride it regularly enough. How many of you have battery tenders hooked up to whatever you drive on a daily basis?

I suppose if you have a riding season due to the climate, only do track days or are only able to get out on your bike once a fortnight for a ride, then it may be a requirement.
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Since when has modern technology dictated that I need a tender to maintain reliability?

Of course on the other side of the coin, I bought a bike new in 2003 and sold it in 2009 with 75000 klm on it. Original battery. Never had a flat in 6 years.

You don't necessarily need a battery tender if you ride it regularly enough. How many of you have battery tenders hooked up to whatever you drive on a daily basis?

I suppose if you have a riding season due to the climate, only do track days or are only able to get out on your bike once a fortnight for a ride, then it may be a requirement.
I actually have that with my car battery since I park it in the garage. Ive had the same battery in my car for over 10 years now.

Battery Tenders are like condoms
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I don't let anyone else ride my toys and I have commited to them all, so I shouldn't need that level of protection.
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My recent post about battery life was not related to the battery unfortunately :(. More than likely my stator went bad...
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