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post #1 of 11 Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 12:28 am Thread Starter
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Trickle Charger

So, I have never used the BMW trickle charger. My battery has not shown signs of discharge, but I don't want to take a chance. Can I just plug it into any of the outlets on the bike? How long should I leave it on? Thanks!

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Should be a plug an play type of deal. I have outlets by both pegs, however I know that the shift side of the bike will not take a "charge" but works. The brake side on the other hand will. When you attach the charger the lights should tell you if it is correctly connected. Simple stuff!

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If it is a trickle charger forever. Should go into a "float" mode once the battery is topped off. That is what mine do.

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If the one on the left, or "shift", side of your Bike will not work for the charger then someone has messed with the wiring, because it is wired directly to the battery. I have been using that plug for my LT for the past eight years with no probs.

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Should be a plug an play type of deal. I have outlets by both pegs, however I know that the shift side of the bike will not take a "charge" but works. The brake side on the other hand will. When you attach the charger the lights should tell you if it is correctly connected. Simple stuff!

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If the one on the left, or "shift", side of your Bike will not work for the charger then someone has messed with the wiring, because it is wired directly to the battery. I have been using that plug for my LT for the past eight years with no probs.

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I keep mine connected to the outlet on the left ( shifter) side when in use. The one on my 02 near the top case is switched and will not get the charge to the battery. I only use a trickle charger when I'm not going to ride for several weeks. Sort of fun to have a volt meter installed on the bike to watch the electrons trickle away when different items are switched on / off.
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Hi , I usually keep one of these http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=42292 plugged into my LT . I took the allegator clips off , & put on a BMW plug on instead . I keep one on all my motorcycles , & ... most everything that has a battery , & is not in daily use . Harbor Fright will have them on sale a few times a year , but there not real expensive anyway .

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Make sure the charger is rated for a Gel battery if that is what you have. They have a rest period during the charge to avoid damage to the battery.

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If the one on the left, or "shift", side of your Bike will not work for the charger then someone has messed with the wiring, because it is wired directly to the battery. I have been using that plug for my LT for the past eight years with no probs.

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Kinda thought the same thing, until I got deep into "Barbara". Seems that, only that one will accept a charge. Tried the other side as well as the top case, nuttin! I can't see any changes to the wiring, but who knows she has been in quite a few "good" hands...

Dan, where did you get your volt meter? Is it four digits? I have a surface mount and like the recessed look....

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Kinda thought the same thing, until I got deep into "Barbara". Seems that, only that one will accept a charge. Tried the other side as well as the top case, nuttin! I can't see any changes to the wiring, but who knows she has been in quite a few "good" hands...

Dan, where did you get your volt meter? Is it four digits? I have a surface mount and like the recessed look....

Hoss,

A member of this site recommended it. I initially made a mistake when ordering and was able to catch it at the company and make the change with no problem. Seems a good company to order from. It is 4 digits.

http://www.datelmeters.com/cgi-bin/w...onfig=ent-home

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Hoss,

A member of this site recommended it. I initially made a mistake when ordering and was able to catch it at the company and make the change with no problem. Seems a good company to order from. It is 4 digits.

http://www.datelmeters.com/cgi-bin/w...onfig=ent-home

You da man! I cam across their site a while back but for the life of me could not find it again.

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I do not know if it applies to the 2006, but in both my 2000 and 2001 LT's I had to make sure to leave the key in the first "off" position - not in "lock" when charging through the power sockets. Lock disconnects the power outlets.

As said above, the lights on the charger will tell you whether you are connected correctly.

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