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    'battery tende'r automatic charger question

    any reason not to connect one of these to the battery on my r1200r?
    note:
    it shuts down when the battery is fully charged (green light comes on).
    seems to work okay on my '09 harley.
    thx,
    ed flanagan
    Last edited by f14rio; 06-03-2010 at 11:54 PM.
    "Enemy fighters at 2 o'clock!...Roger, What should i do until then?"

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    I use mine (Battery Tender Jr.) on every lead-acid/AGM battery in the fleet, including the K100, the kid's Katana 600, my wife's Kymco 125 scooter and the Hyundai Accent. They are about as universal as they get. Bigger batteries just take longer to charge.
    The only honest answer to your question is "It depends".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckayprod View Post
    I use mine (Battery Tender Jr.) on every lead-acid/AGM battery in the fleet, including the K100, the kid's Katana 600, my wife's Kymco 125 scooter and the Hyundai Accent. They are about as universal as they get. Bigger batteries just take longer to charge.
    What he said.
    And we'll both get flamed by the battery Nazis.

    In addition to what he said, your battery doesn't know it's connected to a Harley so it will charge silently.
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    Forget the charger!

    Just ride the bike.. when was the last time you put a charger on your car.

    If you store the bike for +4 months, disconnect and quick charge before re-installing.. I think we way over do the battery thing.

    Use it, ride it, enjoy it and don't sweat it.. You will know when the battery is weak.. it will not spin right.. then ride it to charge it up.

    Ride, Ride, ride...
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    Check out your June ON. Good article on this subject by David Hough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gertiektn View Post
    Just ride the bike.. when was the last time you put a charger on your car.
    The charging system on my BMW car holds a full charge for about 3 days, so now that I ride the bike a lot, I have to have the battery tender on the car most of the time. Since you asked. It's also a BMW.

    Connect your charger directly to the battery and you should be fine - avoid using the accessory socket or anything else which will connect the charger to the bike's finicky Bavarian electrical harness.
    Last edited by BobFV1; 06-04-2010 at 11:56 PM.

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    battery charger prices

    whatdaya get with these,
    ...
    http://www.beemerboneyard.com/baki.html
    ...
    that you don't get with this,
    ...
    http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...LAID=436347879
    ...
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    A battery.

    The beemer boneyard kit comes with a new battery.

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    i feel so dumb


    10-q
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    Quote Originally Posted by gertiektn View Post
    Just ride the bike.. when was the last time you put a charger on your car.

    If you store the bike for +4 months, disconnect and quick charge before re-installing.. I think we way over do the battery thing.

    Use it, ride it, enjoy it and don't sweat it.. You will know when the battery is weak.. it will not spin right.. then ride it to charge it up.

    Ride, Ride, ride...
    Sooo Right...I go several days with out riding,and when I do come back to her she starts just fine.But only after I beg 4 forgiveness
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    Quote Originally Posted by gertiektn View Post
    Just ride the bike.. when was the last time you put a charger on your car.

    If you store the bike for +4 months, disconnect and quick charge before re-installing.. I think we way over do the battery thing.

    Use it, ride it, enjoy it and don't sweat it.. You will know when the battery is weak.. it will not spin right.. then ride it to charge it up.

    Ride, Ride, ride...
    I've got 4 bikes, plenty of days of foul weather and as a result, the bikes and RV batterys all get tendered......Beemers are plugged in(quick connect) after each ride,
    and the 2 old Hondas share one. And no you can't overdue the "battery thing"
    as long as you have a quality tender that automatically shuts down upon full charge.

    My batterys last five years, in a location where I only get to ride maybe 6 months of the year.

    Because they are kept up. Works for me.

    My 2 cents.
    Last edited by Trickster; 06-07-2010 at 02:31 AM. Reason: .

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