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Old 10-03-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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Battery Charging etc.

In all the threads about batteries, I never found a topic specifically about this.

The manual says that if you don't use KTM's high-dolla charger, you have to dismount the battery to charge it. My 08 came with a pig-tail attached, so I'm guessing the PO did not adhere to the manual.

Is it ok to just use my trickle-charger on a pigtail wired directly to the + and - terminals of the battery for charging and maintenance?

Side note, I'm guessing this battery has about had it. I bought a lithium type battery for my 300 and the thing has been nails. What's the school of thought on these for the big bikes? Any specs and brands other owners have purchased would be appreciated!

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Old 10-03-2012, 07:27 AM   #2
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You can do that. Many have successfully done so for a long time. Let me just suggest moving the bike outside the garage.

Learn from my mistake, don't make it yourself.

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Old 10-03-2012, 07:39 AM   #3
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You can do that. Many have successfully done so for a long time. Let me just suggest moving the bike outside the garage.

Learn from my mistake, don't make it yourself.

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Hope every thing got sorted Brents...did the nail the tail to the charger or battery in the end..
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #4
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The battery does not need to be on the charger continuously. I usually charge-up mine for an hour or two at a time while I am in the garage and if voltage drops below 12.75 or so. Once or twice a week for an hour or two is enough to keep the battery at top condition. I do that whether I use the bike daily or not since our charging systems are less than perfect.

On the other hand, if the bike is not going to move for several weeks, then removing the battery from the bike is a no brainer and not a hassle either.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #5
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I bought a powerlett plug in with pig tail that goes to my dash power port. No fires yet
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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I bought a powerlett plug in with pig tail that goes to my dash power port. No fires yet
+1 I use a Battery tender plus via the dash plug and it works just fine. I let it run over night once every couple of weeks.
If it's easy and convenient to do the more often it will get done.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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You can do that. Many have successfully done so for a long time. Let me just suggest moving the bike outside the garage.
Thanks for the reply Brent. I read the whole thread and man, I'm sorry that happened. Thankful no one was hurt, that's for sure.

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:52 AM   #8
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I use a Battery tender plus via the dash plug and it works just fine. I let it run over night once every couple of weeks.
If it's easy and convenient to do the more often it will get done.
Sorry for my ignorance here...the stock power/accessory outlet can also be used to "push" a charge back to the battery?

Is there a place to get an adapter that fits that weird/small power point and also a Tender?
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This link should help clarify things:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=682488
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:18 PM   #10
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Hope every thing got sorted Brents...did the nail the tail to the charger or battery in the end..
Cause has never been determined, or at least no one bothered to tell me. Which is fine, I'm busy with a house to rebuild!
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