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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 12:04 PM
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Damn it AJ, its my job to be the ass of the group, I soooo wanted to be the 1st to actually call him a dumbass, sense everyone else is to politically correct to do so...LOL...pussy's
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I keep mine on the tender all year long.
I do too. A mechanic friend of mine said that that is not good for the battery, that it makes a "flat charge" instead of a "deep charge" and limits the capacity of the battery.
Nobody else has ever said that, and I figure an entire industry can't be wrong,
so I do it any way.

Has anybody ever heard of this?

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I'm curious what ideas come back on this "tender all year long" vs. "tender occasionally" discussion. Two weeks ago my old Everstart wet cell finally died for good and couldn't hold a charge (it came with the bike when I bought it). It was battery time! I went with Lance's eBay suggestion... the Deka ETX15L and bought a Schumacher battery tender (SEM-1562A) from Wally World.


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just an off the wall view... ive never owned a tender for the sure purpse that if there is an electrical problem and im leavin the house with a full batt could leave me stranded further away from my house ... if the batt is dead i have to look at the sytem.. this making me do a couple quick test to assure the charging system is operating...
not saying i wouldnt run to the store on a bumpstart but may leave it running while i run inside for my item ...

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I'm not putting down battery tenders, I just don't own one. There have been a very few times that I have stored a bike with a battery for more than a month, and I just used the charger, connected it to a timer I already had, and let it charge the battery 2-3 hours a day.

I could buy a battery tender, but since I have 4 bikes with batteries, I would need 4 of them. That's a bit much, since I normally don't store bikes, other than dirt bikes which have no battery. You can ride all year here, though it gets pretty bad in the summer.

Also remember that while a battery tender will extend the life of a battery over just letting it sit there and go dead, it still won't last any longer than it normally would have if you were riding the bike on a regular basis. It is still wearing out, even when kept fully charged. Jerry.

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Rick, Terminals are clean and tight.

AJ, You're right I asked for it. I'm only suprised that you were the first. (if KM had seen this thread he might have been first).

I've got a wet cell batt and until this event it has been totally trouble free. I have a trickle charger but only use it if I think I'm not going to be riding for a while. Unfortunately, When I put the bike in the garage last time I thought for sure that I'd be back out the following weekend but work and weather conspired to make sure that didn't happen and I didn't think to go out and put it on.


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