Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Dead Bat Man!
It finally happened.
I strode confidently, with my grocery shopping list in hand, to my trusty stead. Muuuuum, mid 70sF around three in the afternoon, can’t get better than that, if one has to do shopping.
As I approached my LT, I noted that I hadn’t connected my trickle charger.
When I turned the key, nothing. Nothing in the instrument panel. My battery was doing a brick imitation.
I attached my battery charger to the battery, made sure it was on 12 volts instead of 6 (does anything use a 6 volt system any more?).
I let it charge for a few hours while I puttered outside (the orange blossoms should be opening any day now).
The battery was taking a charge, but it would take too long to get it fully charged. So, I open the box containing a new PC680 that arrived here in Dec. Put the Battery Tender Jr on it. When I came back an hour later the Tender LED was green.
For some reason, it takes me almost as long to put the battery hold down top piece back on as it takes me to remove the battery, remove the U shaped battery terminal, install them on the new battery, and place the battery back in the battery holder.
Other than getting the hold down cover on the battery, my biggest problem was that I forgot that mid 70s at 3PM means temp will be much lower at 6:30PM. I should have changed from my Joe Rocket Phoenix to something not full of holes.
Since it had been less than a week since I last rode my bike, I assume I must have left it with the parking lite on. Seems to me, since I never use the parking lite, and it can kill the battery, I should find a nice small 12 volt piezo buzzer and wire it to the parking lite.
Once I get the old battery charged back up, I'll have to find some use for it. I think I have an old electronic keyer (it makes dits and dahs for morse code) that runs on external 12 volts or an internally mounted 9 volt battery.