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my bike died last week so I bought a charger. took about 12 hours but got it fully charged.
I do not have a volt meter on the bike so I wondered about how often they should be charged. I'm sure this depends whether it is a m/f or wet cell battery and the kind of trips or frequent starting the bike goes through. or do you put it on the charger every night, and if not, then about how often would you charge.
1. A wet cell battery
2. A maintenance free battery
right now I ride about 12 miles to work and 12 home everyday and maybe a trip 3 miles up the road to the store or to pick the kids up from ball practices.
When I was riding 50 to and 50 home from work all last month I had none or very little problems but the shorter trips are taking their toll.

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oh yeah, its a 1 amp full float mode charger. I believe that that means it goes into a trickle mode after fully charging doesnt it.

1986 vn 750 aka "Huck Farley"
42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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I would suggest getting a volt meter. It sounds to me like a probem in the charging system. It should not drain in the manner you ride. I make many short trips and long trips a week with no drainage in juice.

You really do need to know what your system is doing at all times.

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I would suggest getting a volt meter. It sounds to me like a probem in the charging system. It should not drain in the manner you ride. I make many short trips and long trips a week with no drainage in juice.
You really do need to know what your system is doing at all times.
I agree... Mine has not given me any charging problems so far, and I don't have a volt meter but plan on getting one... I start mine during the winter months about once every 3 Wks. or a month and let it run a bit, I do have a toggle switch on the headlight that lets me turn it off when not needed, like during the winter start up & charges...
Sounds to me like you have a charging problem or a battery that won't hold charge, I think a volt meter would give you a good idea of what is going on...
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I really need to get a m/f battery. never really had a problem till recently when my cells got pretty dry on my wet cell.
so you are saying you guys dont charge at all in the summer months.

1986 vn 750 aka "Huck Farley"
42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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My bike is an 06 with the Orig. batt., 2+yrs. old, and no, I can't speak for anyone else, but no I don't have to charge during the warmer riding months and not during the winter mos. if I crank'er and let her run pretty often, say every 2-4 wks... I do this with the headlight switched off, (added toggle switch) as I think the headlight is our biggest draw on the Sys., I let it run and warm up a bit and things have worked so far... When the stock battery which is over 2 yrs. old goes, (which probably won't be long) I will replace it with a maintenance free one for sure...
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I do have a tender on mine but don't have to use it. Even after several short trips I can go out and check the volts on the battery and it's still fully charged.

I use mine when working on it and have to start and re-start the bike, then the charge goes down just a bit but still no worries.

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about how often would you charge.
1. A wet cell battery
2. A maintenance free battery

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A wet cell without use (riding more than 5 miles) should be charged every 4 weeks.

A MF battery from my experiance does not need to be charged unless it has sat around more than 2 months...

If your battery has a vent hose it is not a MF battery. I do also suggest getting a voltmeter for the bike.


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thanks km. that is exactly what I ws looking for. will definately look into the voltmeter probally about the same time I look for some type of led headlights or preferably floods for my nighttime country drive home. I want to light up them deer good. they scare the crap out of me!

1986 vn 750 aka "Huck Farley"
42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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