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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Question Battery Charging

Sun shinning and about 40 degrees today here in Long Island, NY, had to take it out for a ride. In the 3 or so years that I own her it was the first time she disappointed me. Full choke on she cranked and cranked with no heartbeat until I finally decided it was time to charge the battery and try again later. Did the drill, opened the tool box and undid the screws to take off the seat so I could hook the charger to the battery.

Has anyone rigged a quick disconnect polarized plug somewhere that is easier to access the battery without removing the seat? On my previous Vulcan 500 I had attached a marine 2 pole jack/plug with short wires that I had sitting in behind the triangle cover, right under the seat, on the right side of the bike that I could pull out and plug in a charger. It worked OK but if someone has a better idea I would love to hear it. On the last bike the seat came off with a key lock on the side and this one has to be unscrewed to remove. Neither one is a very simple affair.

If anyone has solved this problem and wants to reply with a couple of pictures it would be appreciated.

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my battery tender has wires that connect to the battery and run out to behind my side covers. when im ready to charge, ill pull the plug out from the side cover and connect to my charger. i also use this plug for my voltmeter





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I do the same and it works great. Get a maintenance free battery too.

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Not to say its better, but I put a marine cigarette lighter socket (water proof) under my rear luggage rack and can use it for the batt. tender, cell phone, GPS or whatever has the lighter plug in...
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I remember seeing a post somewhere that you could jump start it through the right side cover without removing the seat. Someone should chime in on this if I'm right.

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My tender also came with a short connector that screws into the battery terminals with the battery cables then has a polarized quick disconnect that i have routed right behind the side cover. i dont park anywhere near an outlet but when i finally can do that, itll be way too easy to plug in my tender.
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Thanks everyone. Basically I did the same thing on my old bike and will have to do it again here. I don't want to buy another charger so I'll find a waterproof polarized plug and socket and mount it under that side cover as before and pull it out when I need it.

I thought there might be a better way but guess not. Thank you all for your input.

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my charger was 29.99 at autozone and has the connector. well worth it!

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My plug 9for the charger) that is hard wired to the battery sticks out about an inch between the top of the RH side cover, and the bottom edge of the seat, so it's a simple plug/unplug without any tools or removal of anything.

Tomorrow if I remember, I'll take a picture.
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I remember seeing a post somewhere that you could jump start it through the right side cover without removing the seat. Someone should chime in on this if I'm right.
You can do this by connecting + jumper cable to the solenoid post from the battery.


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