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Bettery Tender On A Gt???

I like to use a battery tender but the guys at the dealership told me a "normal" battery tender wouldn't work. Is this so, and what type of charger/tender is needed for an '07 GT.

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Hi Jack, You have to buy the fancy and expensive one that talks to the Canbus. If not, the ZFE (the computer that replaces the fuse box) will shut down.

Its also real easy to put another powerlet port and wire it directly to the battery, or thru a fuse box, though it has to be a charger for the AGM battery.

I know two guys who've both wired two fuse boxes, one always hot and one switched. They both wish they'd now gone with the Painless- 3 always hot, 4 switched AND it comes with a relay.



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Since I connect my Battery Tender directly to my battery (bypassing all that silly CanBUS stuff), the same old BT Plus that I used on my LT is the same one I've been using on my GT for the past 13 months or so. No problem.
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Since I connect my Battery Tender directly to my battery (bypassing all that silly CanBUS stuff), the same old BT Plus that I used on my LT is the same one I've been using on my GT for the past 13 months or so. No problem.
Uhhhh, doesn't the bike have to be stopped sometimes to use a battery tender?

Mine's just for show.



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Uhhhh, doesn't the bike have to be stopped sometimes to use a battery tender?
Winter, when the snow's knee-deep . . . or the 2 weeks when I go to the beach. (Just got back home yesterday.)
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Winter, when the snow's knee-deep . . . or the 2 weeks when I go to the beach. (Just got back home yesterday.)

Just where is the access to the battery? I did not get a manual with my bike.

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Just where is the access to the battery? I did not get a manual with my bike.
Access is with the plastic cover in the front middle of the fuel tank - held on with tow torx head screws.

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I chose a different approach. I bought a PKT-067 harness from Powerlet Products and a BMW 61131391630 Powerlet socket. I mounted the socket in one of the knockouts for an additional outlet (there are two) right next to the stock outlet. That way I have more than the puny 5-amps to run my Gerbings clothing and a place to connect a standard battery tender.

The good news is the the GT doesn't have the tendency to run the battery down over a few weeks like the LT does. I have yet to need a tender on either of our K1200S or the K1200GT, even during the 6 weeks of snow we endured last winter.

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I ordered an extra manual for my 06 KGT. I can let you have it for $20.00 delivered. it cost me over $30.00. Of course I found the original!!!

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I ordered an extra manual for my 06 KGT. I can let you have it for $20.00 delivered. it cost me over $30.00. Of course I found the original!!!

Actually, I found my owner's manual. Does anyone know if Clymer has produced a SERVICE manual for the GT yet?

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Actually, I found my owner's manual. Does anyone know if Clymer has produced a SERVICE manual for the GT yet?
Not yet. Someone on another forum asked Clymer about it and they said they had no plans to produce one at this time. Maybe they're waiting for BMW to get all the bugs worked out first.

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