Battery charging on bike


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tunaboy
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Battery charging on bike

Postby tunaboy » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:55 am



I have a 1980 1100. My question is should I disconnect the battery leads before I hook up the charger? I don't have an owners manual but I think it said to disconnect the leads before charging with the battery still in the bike?



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Re: Battery charging on bike

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:46 am

Not required at all. Many of us have charger leads attached to the battery, and just have a quick-connect from the charger.
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Re: Battery charging on bike

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:57 am

Using a battery tender or maintainer is a preferred method of re-charging a battery (my opinion)
The tender measures the battery and recharges when it is low rather than always on. It also charges at a alower rate thus not boiling your battery. Leaving the leads always attached to your battery is one way ..just plug it in when parking for the night... :mrgreen:


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Re: Battery charging on bike

Postby thrasherg » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:27 am

Wingsconsin wrote:Using a battery tender or maintainer is a preferred method of re-charging a battery (my opinion)
The tender measures the battery and recharges when it is low rather than always on. It also charges at a lower rate thus not boiling your battery. Leaving the leads always attached to your battery is one way ..just plug it in when parking for the night... :mrgreen:




This is what I have done for the last 4 years and my battery still works like a new one..

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