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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-04-2007, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Headlight Switch & Battery Charge ???

I was wondering if I put an on-off toggle switch on the headlight and turned the headlight off during the winter months while parked, the cycle at 1.1K rpm idle speed would it put out enough to keep the battery charged by running it occasionally... I know they don't put out much charge especially at idle but was thinking if the headlight was not burning it might keep up the charge...
I have a trickle charger but the bike is kept in a shed that does not have Elec. and I have to run a long (125+") cord to the shed to run the trickle charger... I like to run it a bit along during the winter anyway...
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Instead of going to all the trouble to rewire the headlight, wouldn't it just be easier to ride the thing when the weather was cooperative? Either that or pull the battery out and trickle charge it in a heated space about once every two weeks or so.
If you really want to keep the battery in the bike and not ride, I'd simply adjust the idle so that it idles at 2500 or 3K rpm. Let the engine warm up to temp and you should be good to go. BTW, mine idles at about 3K with the choke on after about a minute or so. My .02.

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I just pull out the headlight fuse over the winter months.

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I did put the toggle switch on the headlight, and I just put it in the ground wire and it has worked great so far... I live down a lane and when I turn off the highway I hit the switch on top of the light and turn it off, the white panel light comes on telling me I have the light off and that is how I leave it till my next trip out... When I crank up and get the bike out of the shed and pull it onto the patio to clean or work on the bike or during the non riding part of the winter Mos. the light stays off...
I love it and I would do it again, but thats just me... Remember I came up when you had to do things like turn on the headlights, we even had to shift gears, dim the lights, and a lot of times push the darn trap off to start it, sometimes I wished I had welded handles on the darn think to push by...lol...
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The other thing to consider with disabling the headlight, even for a short time, is safety. That headlight is on all the time to make the bike more visible to others. Other drivers are always stating that "I didn't see the motorcycle" after the incident.

Another option (besides the already mentioned trickle charger) is to reduce the overall load on the system by switching running/brake & turn lights to LED (there's over 100 Watts right there and brighter lighting as well), not using any unnecessary attached devices (i.e., grip heaters, GPS, iPod, etc.) on short runs and make sure that the bike has a modern high quality AGM battery.


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It is only disabled at home, not on the road, I run with the light on all the time when the bike is out and on the road... And yes you have to remember to turn it on, but that is what I tried to say before, we used to have to turn things on, even our cycle headlight, so it is no big deal, for me at least...
And yes always run with your headlight on for safety...
Also in my state (Tenn.) it is the law, as I believe it is in most states...
I agree 110% with that......
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With our headlight indicator light. i think it would be pretty hard to drive with it out. cuz that indicator light is pretty bright.

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Olddog you might want to try a solor charger that they make for cars and boats, when they are stored. Mine sits outside under a home made cycle cover. The solor charger charges the battery when you are not ridding it. Mine keeps the battery at about 12.6 or more when you have full sun. Have been usuing it now for about two years works great. My first one was from Post Tools, at about 15.00. I just bought two more from Costco for about 22.00. These should last me for a long time. Just make sure you get the 1.5 volt charger, so you do not over do the battery.

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Olddog you might want to try a solor charger that they make for cars and boats, when they are stored. Mine sits outside under a home made cycle cover. The solor charger charges the battery when you are not ridding it. Mine keeps the battery at about 12.6 or more when you have full sun. Have been usuing it now for about two years works great. My first one was from Post Tools, at about 15.00. I just bought two more from Costco for about 22.00. These should last me for a long time. Just make sure you get the 1.5 volt charger, so you do not over do the battery.
Hey thanks, that sounds like a good idea, would also be good for other batteries, like a lawn mower and a pick up that sits a lot and don't get used much...
Think I will check with Costco on that...
(Edit) Would these be the ones http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...S&Sp=C&topnav=
Ooops-One more edit-Wouldn't it need to be water/weather proof if I had to place it outside, seems most are designed for placing on the dash of an auto, and are not water/weather proof...???
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Wink headlite switch

yes i put one on my 700 and i just like it. im out of states and as the front blinks act as running lights, i leave it off most of the time. use it at night.
here dont worry about "i did not see the bike" you make sure you see them. horns are the common vocabulary and notification. i use both pipes and horn...
my switch is installed at the bottom of headlite housing..
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