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My new GSA does not have the pigtail connection like my RT had.
So my only option is to attach the darn BMW charger to 12V outlet. But after I do that and cycle the starter switch it begins to charge and only about 2 minutes it cuts off and NOT CHARGING light is back on.. (Red Flashing)

Sometimes I hate technology!

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My new GSA does not have the pigtail connection like my RT had.
So my only option is to attach the darn BMW charger to 12V outlet. But after I do that and cycle the starter switch it begins to charge and only about 2 minutes it cuts off and NOT CHARGING light is back on.. (Red Flashing)

Sometimes I hate technology!
I gave up trying to charge through the 12v outlet. My '16 didn't come with the SAE connector. One day, while shooting the shit at the dealership, I mentioned that. The guy who sold me the bike didn't believe me, because they add that to all of their bikes, so he went out to check. After he ate some crow, he installed the cable to the bike. I've been charging from it ever since and have been much happier.
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I gave up trying to charge through the 12v outlet. My '16 didn't come with the SAE connector. One day, while shooting the shit at the dealership, I mentioned that. The guy who sold me the bike didn't believe me, because they add that to all of their bikes, so he went out to check. After he ate some crow, he installed the cable to the bike. I've been charging from it ever since and have been much happier.
I can't agree more with that statement!
I am trying ti use this thing:
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Don't you love the BMW User Manual... It indicates if you charge the battery with any other charger all your electronics will blow up, your bike with melt, you'll be sentenced to death etc.... unless you use the magical BMW charger. They spent 2 pages mentioning that crap.
So, I said, oooookay, so how to do it with that special magical BMW Charger? Well manual says, if you have this magical charger " ask your BMW service"... Is this a damn mystery? Why they can't explain with half a page explanation?

Geez!

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My dealer told me to take off the side cover (R1200RTW) and attach the SAE pigtail to the obvious +/- connections brought out from the battery. They are factory crimped rings and I used a bit of Jet-Lube™ SS-30 Pure Copper Anti-Seize paste to prevent corrosion. Available DX Engineering. I then used a couple of black cable ties ot secure the Wires ot the frame and fed the SAE connection between the cover and the frame. The SAE connection has a cap that protects inadvertent shorting if not in use.

Friends who ride the GSA use this connection for heated gloves and jacket apparel rather than going through another very expensive CANBUS connections device..

Works for me with the same type of charger you have Captain!

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I can't agree more with that statement!
I am trying ti use this thing:
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Don't you love the BMW User Manual... It indicates if you charge the battery with any other charger all your electronics will blow up, your bike with melt, you'll be sentenced to death etc.... unless you use the magical BMW charger. They spent 2 pages mentioning that crap.
So, I said, oooookay, so how to do it with that special magical BMW Charger? Well manual says, if you have this magical charger " ask your BMW service"... Is this a damn mystery? Why they can't explain with half a page explanation?

Geez!
Wow- you're using the "official" charger and still having issues? Is the charger itself defective? I use the OptiMate.

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Noco chargers are Cambus ready. I have the G3500. Max amperage is 3.5. It works through the BMW powerport.
This charger has multiple modes.
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Charger is ok. When I cycle the starter switch it begins to charge then about3 minutes later Canbus system shuts the connection down and No Charging light begins to flash.
If I cycle again, then it begins to charge again for another 3 minutes and again cuts it off!

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Most people use the SAE connector but I wanted to be able to charge my phone and run aux equipment off the battery if necessary. So I wired in a regular cigarette lighter socket straight to the battery. Then I replaced the SAE connector on the end of my charger cable with a lighter plug and just plug it in. No damage to the whizbang gizmos on the bike and my battery can be a source of power whenever I need it.

And yes, I'm fully aware of possibly discharging my battery past minimum starting voltage. Hasn't happened yet.

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When I cycle the starter switch it begins to charge then about3 minutes later Canbus system shuts the connection down and No Charging light begins to flash.
If I cycle again, then it begins to charge again for another 3 minutes and again cuts it off!
So glad you found a solution.

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My new GSA does not have the pigtail connection like my RT had.
So my only option is to attach the darn BMW charger to 12V outlet. But after I do that and cycle the starter switch it begins to charge and only about 2 minutes it cuts off and NOT CHARGING light is back on.. (Red Flashing)

Sometimes I hate technology!
Why not go out and buy a battery tender? It comes with the pigtail. Takes a couple of minutes to install and your done. You can buy one here. They make fancier ones also.https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende...gateway&sr=8-3
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Why not go out and buy a battery tender? It comes with the pigtail. Takes a couple of minutes to install and your done. You can buy one here. They make fancier ones also.https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende...gateway&sr=8-3[/QUOTE]

I use a simple battery tender...direct to the battery...pig tail easy to access....works fine...2014 RT
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My new GSA does not have the pigtail connection like my RT had.
So my only option is to attach the darn BMW charger to 12V outlet. But after I do that and cycle the starter switch it begins to charge and only about 2 minutes it cuts off and NOT CHARGING light is back on.. (Red Flashing)

Sometimes I hate technology!
OK...I know that going against family tradition and getting an education did not remove all the hillbilly in me, but unless I'm misunderstanding the original post above...I don't see a problem here??? In fact, if I had a NEW bike (with a NEW battery) I think I would be pissed if the new battery needed to charge for more than a couple of minutes from merely cycling the start switch?

Seriously...it seems to me that a good new battery would naturally recover in a couple of minutes to not need any further charging until such time that the charge depletes enough for it's sensor to kick back in.
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OK...I know that going against family tradition and getting an education did not remove all the hillbilly in me, but unless I'm misunderstanding the original post above...I don't see a problem here??? In fact, if I had a NEW bike (with a NEW battery) I think I would be pissed if the new battery needed to charge for more than a couple of minutes from merely cycling the start switch?

Seriously...it seems to me that a good new battery would naturally recover in a couple of minutes to not need any further charging until such time that the charge depletes enough for it's sensor to kick back in.
Please remember this NEW bike of mine was a 2018 leftover at the dealership. So it was sitting on a high display for a long time I guess. While they were preparing the bike to handover to me at the dealership they indicated that the battery was showing a little low and they were charging it. At that time I told them that as long as it starts I am ok because dealership to my home was a 4 hr ride and it will be charged enough along that trip.
So when I arrived home I just wanted to be sure it is 100% charged and wanted to attach my BMW charger to make it sure.

That's all. Maybe it is currently 80% or 90% or even 100% charged. I just wanted to make it sure.

I am sure if there's a misunderstanding it's my fault maybe I am not explaining it correctly.
Dealership says (I am NO expert in these issues at all) CanBus shuts the plug in 2-3 minutes as a safety feature. Like if you left an electronic device attached not to leave it on or so I guess. But again I am not sure.

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I can't agree more with that statement!
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Don't you love the BMW User Manual... It indicates if you charge the battery with any other charger all your electronics will blow up, your bike with melt, you'll be sentenced to death etc.... unless you use the magical BMW charger. They spent 2 pages mentioning that crap.
So, I said, oooookay, so how to do it with that special magical BMW Charger? Well manual says, if you have this magical charger " ask your BMW service"... Is this a damn mystery? Why they can't explain with half a page explanation?

Geez!
They are probably talking about a battery charger vrs a battery tender and maintainer. Different properties. I have the battery tender with a pig tail to my battery. used it with no problems on three different bikes for years.

Your Bmw battery tender looks suspiciously like it was built by battery tender. Same as the Battery Tender Plus 021-0128, 1.25 Amp Battery Charger. I wonder if it is the same thing.
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I am with tiger on this one. If your battery is fully charged and the canbus system detects that then I think it will turn the connection off. If the battery falls below a certain voltage, the system turns the connection back on till the voltage rises, then off again.

Thatís the way it should work...I think.
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I am with tiger on this one. If your battery is fully charged and the canbus system detects that then I think it will turn the connection off. If the battery falls below a certain voltage, the system turns the connection back on till the voltage rises, then off again.

Thatís the way it should work...I think.
I think your correct. I just purchased a Norco charger and it's Canbus compatible. I noticed the charger went into standby mode after it indicated full charge. Even though it was in a maintenance mode for a while the Canbus shut off the charging mode.
I recycled a few times but it still shut off after a few minutes. I put a small load on the battery and the charger went through its steps and stayed on until it shut down again after it indicated full charge. Unless you want to keep the charger on indefinitely I suggest you plug into the battery directly. There are several ways you can do this. I added a powerport on the right rear side to the battery and use this for direct hookup.
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I am with tiger on this one. If your battery is fully charged and the canbus system detects that then I think it will turn the connection off. If the battery falls below a certain voltage, the system turns the connection back on till the voltage rises, then off again.

Thatís the way it should work...I think.

You could leave your lights on for awhile and run it down and see if the charger kicks in when it gets low enough.
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You could leave your lights on for awhile and run it down and see if the charger kicks in when it gets low enough.
I used this battery charger/tender (whatever it is), before on my '18 RT and my older '16 GSA... t

Here's how it worked before;

When you attach it to the bike, normally:

- first RED light comes on steady meaning it is charging,
- then GREEN light starts flashing once the battery charge level reaches 80% or better,
- finally when battery level reaches 100% and charge process is completed GREEN light becomes steady and charger goes into TRICKLE mode while the steady GREEN light stays on.

I have witnessed this over many times. But not with this bike...
Next time I am at the dealership I'll ask them to attach the pigtail thingy so I don't have to go thru the stupid Canbus system.

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The canbus logic might be different on the newer bike.
It's worth researching before making modifications or alterations.
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Most people use the SAE connector but I wanted to be able to charge my phone and run aux equipment off the battery if necessary. So I wired in a regular cigarette lighter socket straight to the battery. Then I replaced the SAE connector on the end of my charger cable with a lighter plug and just plug it in. No damage to the whizbang gizmos on the bike and my battery can be a source of power whenever I need it.

And yes, I'm fully aware of possibly discharging my battery past minimum starting voltage. Hasn't happened yet.
Um...make sure you put a fuse on the hot wire leading from the battery to your lighter socket. Discharging the battery is not the only hazard with your set-up.

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I used this battery charger/tender (whatever it is), before on my '18 RT and my older '16 GSA... t

Here's how it worked before;

When you attach it to the bike, normally:

- first RED light comes on steady meaning it is charging,
- then GREEN light starts flashing once the battery charge level reaches 80% or better,
- finally when battery level reaches 100% and charge process is completed GREEN light becomes steady and charger goes into TRICKLE mode while the steady GREEN light stays on.

I have witnessed this over many times. But not with this bike...
Next time I am at the dealership I'll ask them to attach the pigtail thingy so I don't have to go thru the stupid Canbus system.
Pig tails are cheap. I've been installing them on all my bikes for years and I'm still alive. LOL
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I am with getting a pigtail. I cant remember if you got a new GS, if so, the dealership owes you a pigtail.

If not, get one. In your travels it becomes a handy source of power for btt, but also for your portable air compressor--you do have one of those, right?
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I am with getting a pigtail. I cant remember if you got a new GS, if so, the dealership owes you a pigtail.

If not, get one. In your travels it becomes a handy source of power for btt, but also for your portable air compressor--you do have one of those, right?
Yep new GSA but even if the dealership installs it for free I won't go 4 hrs S of me to Los Angeles just for a pigtail!

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Yep new GSA but even if the dealership installs it for free I won't go 4 hrs S of me to Los Angeles just for a pigtail!
Make it a ride Cpt. Visit beautiful downtown LA and enjoy the symphonic sounds of its traffic melodies.

I don't believe its that difficult to install a pigtail. If I get a chance today, I 'll search for a video with instructions on how to; but I am guessing there is a bunch of dudes in this forum that know how also.

Every Beemer I ever bought came with a pigtail: 4 RT/s and a GT.


BTW: That's 260 mi. ride, at 100mph on the I-5 and some 110, ah! 2 hrs max. hehehehe
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Make it a ride Cpt. Visit beautiful downtown LA and enjoy the symphonic sounds of its traffic melodies.

I don't believe its that difficult to install a pigtail. If I get a chance today, I 'll search for a video with instructions on how to; but I am guessing there is a bunch of dudes in this forum that know how also.

Every Beemer I ever bought came with a pigtail: 4 RT/s and a GT.


BTW: That's 260 mi. ride, at 100mph on the I-5 and some 110, ah! 2 hrs max. hehehehe
100-110???
What do you think I am riding buddy? A 3 legged donkey?
C'mon man I never go below 120mph.

At sharp turns sometimes I slow down to 118-119; But that's it !!!

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OP, does your charger have a regular and Canbus mode? The Optimate does. Is it possible that your charger isnt in canbus mode?
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Installing the pigtail is way too easy. Tougher part is deciding where to attach the cable and connector body. I popped out and tywrapped the body to a frame . It is rigid mounted. Did this on Wideglide too. 4 hours north of LA means you are 2 1/2 - 3 south of the bay area. Bring it to my house and play install a pigtail and have a beer .

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OP, does your charger have a regular and Canbus mode? The Optimate does. Is it possible that your charger isnt in canbus mode?
Nope it is a simple plug and forget it mode only!

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I'm heading for same solution. Fused (10A) 12v Direct to Battery cigarette Outlet in Right Hand "Box" , Fast charge for my phone best with Cig Outlet to 3A Out 5v adapter (@5v less at 2A @ 12v) Charge to Phone ALLWAYS. I'm thinking it could run for days before killing battery. Key off.
My Phone is USB-c and quick charges @3A Any Less is Slow charge or Lose charge when Moving (lots more transmissions needed when Phone "on the move" ...) The Gument NEEDS to know where you are ALLWAYS !! Phone will only charge if OFF when on the move. Slow charge on the move = Discharge Why ?
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Pigtail of the battery is the way to go. My local BMW dealer puts them on every bike he sells. I swapped the SAE pigtail out for one that is a coax for heated bike gear. I then got a SAE to coax plug adapter for my charger. It makes plugging in so much easier. Also, if my brain is not fully functioning when I pull my bike out, the coax plug easily unplugs it self.

Example from Powerlet are a PAC-38 or PAC-39. You can convert an SAE plug already on the bike, and also on your charger.


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Next time I am at the dealership I'll ask them to attach the pigtail thingy so I don't have to go thru the stupid Canbus system.
Amazon can have one at your doorstep in a day.... Takes about 5 minutes to install....

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Amazon can have one at your doorstep in a day.... Takes about 5 minutes to install....
With Amazon Prime in most areas if you order in the morning it gets delivered same day. Again depends on your area.
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You can order a heavy duty #10 gauge pig tail or stop by a gulf cart shop and pick one up. Install it direct to the battery without a fuse. Use it for whatever or you can also use it to jumpstart the bike or another bike.
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Or wait a month and by then you'll have sold this bike and you won't have to deal with this problem.
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You can order a heavy duty #10 gauge pig tail or stop by a gulf cart shop and pick one up. Install it direct to the battery without a fuse. Use it for whatever or you can also use it to jumpstart the bike or another bike.
Just curious, why without a fuse?

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You can order a heavy duty #10 gauge pig tail or stop by a gulf cart shop and pick one up. Install it direct to the battery without a fuse. Use it for whatever or you can also use it to jumpstart the bike or another bike.
You have GOT to be joking. There is NO way we should put a heavy gauge wire directly to the battery. FIT A FUSE!

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You have GOT to be joking. There is NO way we should put a heavy gauge wire directly to the battery. FIT A FUSE!
My thought exactly.

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Deltran pigtail w/SAE connector and weathercap costs 5$...and includes a weatherproof inline 7.5-amp fuse/fuseholder:



Walmart has them as well.

Bolt it to the battery, route it down the left side and wire-tie it to the frame above the passenger footpeg.

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Deltran pigtail w/SAE connector and weathercap costs 5$...and includes a weatherproof inline 7.5-amp fuse/fuseholder:



Walmart has them as well.

Bolt it to the battery, route it down the left side and wire-tie it to the frame above the passenger footpeg.

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Charger is ok. When I cycle the starter switch it begins to charge then about3 minutes later Canbus system shuts the connection down and No Charging light begins to flash.
If I cycle again, then it begins to charge again for another 3 minutes and again cuts it off!
That means that it is NOT working. The BMW charger tells the CAN bus system NOT to shut down! Yours shutting down after 3 minutes is normal behavior of the bike when there is nothing telling it to stay ON.
I have the proper BMW charger and use the 12Vdc Euro Ports build into my 2014 RT and it charges the battery just fine (or maintains it, whatever is required).

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I am with tiger on this one. If your battery is fully charged and the canbus system detects that then I think it will turn the connection off. If the battery falls below a certain voltage, the system turns the connection back on till the voltage rises, then off again.

Thatís the way it should work...I think.
I don't think so. The BMW Charger/Battery Tender keeps the CAN BUS alive, even after the battery is full as it needs to monitor the battery, otherwise it doesn't get a voltage reading. How would the charger then know when to re-charge the battery...even in Tender mode?

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I just want to clarify something before I blow up my new 2019 RT. I’ve always used battery tenders to pigtails on my motorcycles. For my new RT I have an Optimate 4, set to program 2, and am simply planning on plugging it into the 12v outlet near the dash. This will work, right???
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I just want to clarify something before I blow up my new 2019 RT. Iíve always used battery tenders to pigtails on my motorcycles. For my new RT I have an Optimate 4, set to program 2, and am simply planning on plugging it into the 12v outlet near the dash. This will work, right???
If you mean, will it damage the bike, no it won't. Worst case, the CanBus won't like it and will switch off the circuit. Pig tail to the battery will work, as long as you respect the polarity.

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My new GSA does not have the pigtail connection like my RT had.
So my only option is to attach the darn BMW charger to 12V outlet. But after I do that and cycle the starter switch it begins to charge and only about 2 minutes it cuts off and NOT CHARGING light is back on.. (Red Flashing)

Sometimes I hate technology!
Here's a thought: skip the technology just ride the thing. 65K miles and counting, never used a trickle charger, all's well. And that included a few months in Denver with very cool temps this winter. But I ride at least once a week and now during the nice warm weather nearly daily.
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I just want to clarify something before I blow up my new 2019 RT. I’ve always used battery tenders to pigtails on my motorcycles. For my new RT I have an Optimate 4, set to program 2, and am simply planning on plugging it into the 12v outlet near the dash. This will work, right???
I am not familiar with the Optimate, and will assume that the setting that you select is suitable for trickle charging our batter. If you are concerned about using the aux. outlet to charge, then don't be concerned about that. That's how I have been doing it since my prior '07 RT. As soon as the RT is turned around in my garage, and goes on the center stand, then my BatteryDoc gets plugged into the back aux. plug and stay connected until the next ride. With the wethead, the CanBus is very intelligent, and you can plug in the charger at any time.

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My new GSA does not have the pigtail connection like my RT had.
So my only option is to attach the darn BMW charger to 12V outlet. But after I do that and cycle the starter switch it begins to charge and only about 2 minutes it cuts off and NOT CHARGING light is back on.. (Red Flashing)

Sometimes I hate technology!
Here's a thought: skip the technology just ride the thing. 65K miles and counting, never used a trickle charger, all's well. And that included a few months in Denver with very cool temps this winter. But I ride at least once a week and now during the nice warm weather nearly daily.

Here’s a thought, why aren’t you out riding instead of wasting your time not helping me with my valid question about my new bike?
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Here's a thought: skip the technology just ride the thing. 65K miles and counting, never used a trickle charger, all's well. And that included a few months in Denver with very cool temps this winter. But I ride at least once a week and now during the nice warm weather nearly daily.
I agree, I've never understood the obsession that some people seem to have with battery tenders. "When I ride into the garage, I put the battery tender on the bike immediately...". I don't think that they do that with their cars, etc... why single out the motorcycle for this? Over the winter is one thing, but for a week or two? Entirely unnecessary in my experience.

I've had situations where I didn't ride a couple of weeks, and in one case it was actually 10 weeks (because I had a dirt bike accident and couldn't ride). In all of the couple week situations the bike has been completely fine, and the times that I did put the tender on the bike before riding it (in case the battery had drained a bit) it always said "fully charged" when I checked on it 20 minutes later (meaning there wasn't much of anything to trickle in there) - after a couple of times, I stopped doing this because it was unnecessary. In the 10 week situation (december 2018) I think that I put it on after about 8 weeks and then removed it the next morning. I then rode the bike a couple of weeks later for the first time and it started right up as it always does.


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Here’s a thought, why aren’t you out riding instead of wasting your time not helping me with my valid question about my new bike?
Because the OP said he sometimes hated technology. Battery tenders if you ride the bloody thing with any regularity are unnecessary technology and it strikes me as yet another 'dress up the doll' with something it doesn't need, that's all. Have at it.

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I agree, I've never understood the obsession that some people seem to have with battery tenders. "When I ride into the garage, I put the battery tender on the bike immediately...". I don't think that they do that with their cars, etc... why single out the motorcycle for this? Over the winter is one thing, but for a week or two? Entirely unnecessary in my experience.
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