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Offline jackcarls0n

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How long would the battery last without riding it?
« on: June 24, 2019, 02:18:29 am »
I have a C14 bought in 2018. I dont ride it that much. Maybe 20-50 miles a month.

It mostly sits and I don't have a way to plug in a tender. How long can the battery last without riding the bike. How long or how often should I ride it on a monthly basis to keep the battery charge at optimum. Can I disconnect the battery to keep it from dying every month? Is it an easy and a recommended suggestion?

Should I remove the battery and keep it in my home on a tender instead?

I get about 12.4 volts at the moment on the display.

I live in an apartment complex. How easy is it to connect to a tender?
Thanks

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 02:29:45 am »
I have a C14 bought in 2018. I dont ride it that much. Maybe 20-50 miles a month.

It mostly sits and I don't have a way to plug in a tender. How long can the battery last without riding the bike. How long or how often should I ride it on a monthly basis to keep the battery charge at optimum. Can I disconnect the battery to keep it from dying every month? Is it an easy and a recommended suggestion?

Should I remove the battery and keep it in my home on a tender instead?

I get about 12.4 volts at the moment on the display.

I live in an apartment complex. How easy is it to connect to a tender?
Thanks

Owners manual recommends you remove the battery from the bike and put a charge on it if don't ride it very much. See the manual.
It's not that hard to remove and I recommend you take photos as you go as some folks have a knack to install it with the leads reversed.

I added a Battery Tender charge connector to mine for between rides. If it will sit for 2 or more weeks, it would be best to remove it.

It is very easy to put on charge and doing so in your apartment should not be a problem.
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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2019, 01:27:16 pm »
If you're going to the trouble of removing the battery, why not pull it once and add a Battery Tender pigtail? That way you can plug it in whenever you want with very little effort.

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2019, 03:37:16 pm »
Apartment complex, nowhere to plug it in I'd guess. The easy solution is, of course, to ride it more!  Just ride it.
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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2019, 03:52:33 pm »
I find anything over 2 weeks you'll notice a loss.
Put it in COLD weather and it's worse. I wish I had a heated garage...LOL
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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 04:56:40 pm »
Guess removing it would be the best idea. Adding a tender pigtail wouldn't help me coz no place I can charge it. I am in an apartment complex. The bike is parked under a shed.

I'll look into the manual when I am back. Thanks a lot cog members.

Will post pictures. By the way do I need any special tools to remove the battery?

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 04:57:45 pm »
I find anything over 2 weeks you'll notice a loss.
Put it in COLD weather and it's worse. I wish I had a heated garage...LOL
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I am glad I am not in Anchorage anymore. In sunny Florida, where it is super warm. So that helps the battery for sure.

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2019, 02:39:27 pm »
Quick question to add to this.

If I remove the battery and install it again, is that a problem? I mean do I need to do some kind of preparation so the ECU doesn't get messed up? Don't have the manual handy.

Lastly, what's the best way to charge the battery at home. I am noob to this. Just plug the battery directly to a tender? Previously used to ride a lot so never had a problem. So never had to worry about battery issue.

Also, if the battery is fully charged, is it just better to disconnect it or better to remove it and keep it at home on a tender?


I am away for 2 weeks every month coz of work. That's why and some months can't ride.


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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2019, 04:43:24 pm »
Nope, just remove the battery and hook it up to a battery tender. Make sure that the battery is in a ventilated area. When ya come back, just fit the battery and yer good to go.
A friend has a small solar panel he attached to the top of the trunk on his Bandit 1200.
It produces enough to keep the battery topped up while he is working on an oil rig.
May be worth considering.
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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2019, 02:48:19 am »
This solar thing seems like a great idea. I might look into it. Might work perfectly for me. Especially with all the sun in Florida. Thanks guys.

BTW I saw some that have a cigarette lighter attachment, can I plug straight into that too instead of opening the battery cover?

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2019, 03:45:22 am »
I would be looking for a cell that puts out 10W to 25W and face it south at about a 45 degree angle.
The socket would have to be tied directly to the battery (non-switched).
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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2019, 06:44:37 pm »
Try a different battery. I bought this cheap battery off eBay and my bike sits weeks at a time without issue. The other battery I had needed to be charged once in a while.

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2019, 03:31:40 am »
For years before I got a battery tender, over the winter in an warm enough but unheated garage (40 - 45F commonly), I would start my bikes every 2 or so weeks and let bike idle for 10 minutes, then straddle bike and run it at 3000 rpms for 3 minutes. Shut it off.   This worked to keep battery up; found that if I waited a month to do this sequence the battery was noticeably weak.

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2019, 09:13:51 pm »
Be aware starting the bike without riding it could and again could cause condensation for form in the crank case. I was doing the start let it run till the fans cycled a couple of times. Then I saw white in the oil level window. I bought a battery tender and don't start unless I'm going  to ride it at least 15 miles. I base the 15 mile thing on advise from a former forum member who knows more way than I do about the C14. Which really isn't all that hard to do. My C14 by the way lives in a unheated garage. During the summer probably not a problem.
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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2019, 08:18:01 pm »
Thanks for the advices. Best is to ride it atleast 20 miles every two eeeks or so to keep it going else disconnect the battery or trickle charge it.

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2019, 08:56:00 pm »
What is the normal voltage on the battery during start up? Is it 13.6 volts?

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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2019, 07:05:33 pm »
Normal "During Startup" is like 11 volts when the starter is engaged. 
A fully charged battery with no load and no surface charge should be over 12.6. 
After the bike starts it should have about 13.5-14.2 showing that the charging is working.   That voltage will be lower if the battery is depleted and higher when charged back up.
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Re: How long would the battery last without riding it?
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2019, 06:34:08 pm »
Cool thanks for the info.