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Stand-by Elecrical consumption?

Hi again

I got my LT and i have not even driven yet (As im still at work)and I just found out that it wont start and battery is flat...

Any ideas what is stand by electrical consumption and how often in tropical climate (I live in Thailand, not costal so no humid involved) bike should be started to maintain battery in good condition.

Also as my work requires staying away from home\bike about 10 to 12 weeks at the time, is advisable to take off the batter for that time as no one will drive it.

Your input is helping me to save money .....as i donít need to buy new battery so often.

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Get yourself a Battery Tender / Smart Charger; it will keep the battery hot for you.

Stand By Power Consumption is minimal at best as long as all accessories are OFF and the Parking Light is not on.

Thank's Dave

any suggestion for a brand?

and again i have to check if we have those in Thailand,,,
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You will use less power if the forks are Locked as opposed to just Off. But don't turn it too far so the Parking Light is on.

Also, a battery tender would be very useful if you're going to be away for that long.

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Re: Stand-by Elecrical consumption?

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You will use less power if the forks are Locked as opposed to just Off. But don't turn it too far so the Parking Light is on.

Also, a battery tender would be very useful if you're going to be away for that long.
Hi Meese

Have did that,but last 4 days did not star thte bike and when tryed last night, all warning lights where on when turn power on but when tryed to start motor did just turn but not even try to start, not normal where the power goes?

I never leave bike with parking lights on nor anything else, so that cant be the sourse,, something else is not right now as my batter was new only 2weeks old.

Any advice?
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You can try four other things:
1. Turn off the radio before you turn off the bike. Some earlier model bikes had bad radios.
2. Listen to see if the cd changer is cycling through disks (if you have the 6 cd changer in the right rear saddle bag. Some of the earlier LT's the cd changer would cycle even if it was powered off.
3. Disconnect the battery for 2 or 3 days. When you reconnect it, see if the bike starts normally. If not you have a bad battery.
4. Do what Dave and Ken has suggested, get a bettery tender.
With the key being in the off position (with forks turned), you bike should not be using any "noticeable" power at all. I can leave mine parked for a couple of weeks (very rare) but it will immediately start up.
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You can try four other things:
1. Turn off the radio before you turn off the bike. Some earlier model bikes had bad radios.
2. Listen to see if the cd changer is cycling through disks (if you have the 6 cd changer in the right rear saddle bag. Some of the earlier LT's the cd changer would cycle even if it was powered off.
3. Disconnect the battery for 2 or 3 days. When you reconnect it, see if the bike starts normally. If not you have a bad battery.
4. Do what Dave and Ken has suggested, get a bettery tender.
With the key being in the off position (with forks turned), you bike should not be using any "noticeable" power at all. I can leave mine parked for a couple of weeks (very rare) but it will immediately start up.
Good luck!
Hi Mtrevelino

Thankx for this and will do it and follow up later on this week...

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Re: Stand-by Elecrical consumption?

Is there a "CANBUS" on the LT? 05' in particular. or is there another way to connect the batt charger other than disconnecting the batt from the bike and conecting the charger. b'cause that is a hassle!
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Re: Stand-by Elecrical consumption?

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Hi Meese

Have did that,but last 4 days did not star thte bike and when tryed last night, all warning lights where on when turn power on but when tryed to start motor did just turn but not even try to start, not normal where the power goes?

I never leave bike with parking lights on nor anything else, so that cant be the sourse,, something else is not right now as my batter was new only 2weeks old.

Any advice?
I had the same trouble last week. I had left the bike with the Alarm functioning and after 4 days wouldn't start, so there is a drain on the battery from the alarm system.
Got a generic Battery tender hooked to the battery & I am now good
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Re: Stand-by Elecrical consumption?

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Is there a "CANBUS" on the LT? 05' in particular. or is there another way to connect the batt charger other than disconnecting the batt from the bike and conecting the charger. b'cause that is a hassle!
No CANBUS on the LT.
If you use a battery tender with the BMW plug you can hook it to the front left powerlet (near the shifter). The rear powerlet is "switched" meaning that the key will need to be in the ON position, which is not at all what you want.

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