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#1 Unread post by Triumphgirl » Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:04 pm

I was wondering, if it would be wise and ok to start up my bike occasionally through the winter to boost up the battery instead of taking out the battery as it is kind of a pain in the butt to do so?

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#2 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:58 pm

Probably not the best idea if you can't actually get out and ride. Takes some juice to crank it up, and MC alternators don't put out much power at idle. Might be a better idea to spend twenty bucks on a battery tender.
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#3 Unread post by fireguzzi » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:47 am

Would be good for the fuel system. But the tender mg mentioned would be best for the battery. Unless you sat there and revved the engine for twenty minutes or so. But your neighbors might start bringing you AA information packets if you do that. :mrgreen:
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#4 Unread post by Gummiente » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:07 am

To expand on what mgdavis said, Battery Tenders come with a pigtail wire that is installed across the battery; you can poke it out from underneath the seat and plug it in. Keeps the battery topped up all winter without you having to check on it every day.

As for starting up the bike every month that's generally not a good idea, especially if it is stored in an unheated garage. The heat/cool cycle will actually result in condensation forming inside the motor, which is not a good thing. If it is in a heated garage the condensation won't be an issue, but unless you need to hear the sound of the motor once a month in order to keep you sane over the winter season, all you're doing is wasting gas. Also, idling the bike for 20 minutes isn't going to help the battery much as most charging systens do not kick in until 1,500-2,000RPM which is most likely above the set idle speed.
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#5 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:36 am

Just a note on battery tenders. The ones that hook up to more than one bike at a time will not work on more than one bike if they are both 12 and 6 volt, you will need two battery tenders. (or hook two 6v batteries togeather) Also when installing the wiring harness remember that a lot of English bikes are positive earth! Also don't forget to top up the battery before hooking to any charger.

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#6 Unread post by Triumphgirl » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:46 pm

Thanks for the great tips. My garage is not heated, and with the nasty cold we have had out here on the prairies, it probably wouldent start anyway. :cry: Fireguzzi, my neighbors already think I am nuts so I have to keep up my reputation. :laughing:
Now with it being a british bike and being Positive ground, is there a different battery tender i should be using?

The reason I dont know any of this as I have never taken out my battery or tenderized it before and it always starts come spring. A friend suggested that I should be doing this to prolong the life of my battery.

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#7 Unread post by slimcolo » Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:32 pm

No problem with pos earth just hook up backward, make sure that your bike is positive earth first. The new Triumphs are negative earth. (Not sure when they changed over but some English cars were still positive earth as late as the mid 90s) Some Honda bikes were still 6v as late as 2003, some China bikes still are. Russian bikes were fairly late to convert also. (Gummentie should know)There are also some 80s Hondas that are 12v but use two 6v batteries.

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#8 Unread post by Gummiente » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:14 pm

Triumphgirl wrote:Now with it being a british bike and being Positive ground, is there a different battery tender i should be using?
Your bike is NOT positive ground, it is negative ground. You ride a Hinckley built Triumph, not a Meridan built one... an '07 Bonneville, if I remember right. Hook up the Battery Tender as per the instructions that come with it.
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#9 Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:45 pm

Gummiente wrote:You ride a Hinckley built Triumph, not a Meridan built one
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#10 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:12 pm

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Triumphgirl wrote:Now with it being a british bike and being Positive ground, is there a different battery tender i should be using?
Your bike is NOT positive ground, it is negative ground. You ride a Hinckley built Triumph, not a Meridan built one... an '07 Bonneville, if I remember right. Hook up the Battery Tender as per the instructions that come with it.
Definitely follow Gummi's advice... Only older brit bikes are positive ground.
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#11 Unread post by havegunjoe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:06 pm

I hooked a trickle charger up to my Yamaha VStar and just let it do it's thing over the winter. I was told if you don't ride the bike and rev her up you really won't charge the battery.
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#12 Unread post by shalihe74 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:59 pm

In addition to the battery tender (which, as others have said, you hook up like normal. I keep my 06 Daytona trackbike on a tender whenever it isn't actually running.), you may consider putting a fuel stabilizer in the tank. Having lived in WI, I seem to recall that the 'too cold to ride' season started around October and ended sometime in April... probably enough time to let your fuel go stale if you don't treat it.
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#13 Unread post by jstark47 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:42 pm

shalihe74 wrote:In addition to the battery tender ...... you may consider putting a fuel stabilizer in the tank. Having lived in WI, I seem to recall that the 'too cold to ride' season started around October and ended sometime in April... probably enough time to let your fuel go stale if you don't treat it.
More than enough time. Fuel today is krap. Starts going bad in 6-8 weeks. Make sure you buy new fuel stabilizer too, don't use last year's - it's not that expensive, no sense in taking false economies.
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#14 Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:11 pm

Also don't just dump the stabil in the gas tank and call it a day. Run the bike so the gas that is insided the carb has stabil in it too.
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Re: Is this a dumb thought?

#15 Unread post by NORTY » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:33 pm

Did someone mention "older Brit bikes?"
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#16 Unread post by NORTY » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:34 pm

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#17 Unread post by NORTY » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:35 pm

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#18 Unread post by NORTY » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:37 pm

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#19 Unread post by NORTY » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:39 pm

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#20 Unread post by NORTY » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:43 pm

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