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« on: January 06, 2018, 09:45:14 AM »

Using an infrared thermometer I took a reading and the GL18 and VStrom engine casing temperatures in my enclosed carport are 38.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

I will assume the temperature of the rest of each bike is at or near that same reading.

Is that too cold to hook up a battery tender to the motorcycles?


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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 05:42:48 AM »

In my opinion you should have a tender hooked up anytime you aren't using them. I've been a lot longer life out of my batteries since I started doing this, I even have a tender on my lawn tractor all year long.

Arv DeGroot - Sacred Heart, MN
92 GL1500SE, 81 GL1100, Aspen Classic camper, & Morgan cargo trailer
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 03:06:08 PM »

I used to keep a tender on my old 1200 yrs ago, but when I bought my 03 Wing, I never used a tender and got 12 yrs out of the battery.  And that's stored in an unheated garage here in Mi.    Pretty unbelievable I thought, so I now use a tender during the winter on the new battery.    I still start it about once a month and run it at a fast idle for 20-30 min.   My old Wheel Horse mower has only had 2 batteries since 1990---must be lucky I guess.

Fred J. Lammlin
03 Blk Wing/Champion Kit
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