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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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I am putting my 2008 Shadow Spirit up for the winter. Is there an easy way to put a trickle charger on the battery or do I need to take the battery completely out? I live in Maine and the bike is in a garage but not heated. What do you people do when you put it up for the winter?
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I am putting my 2008 Shadow Spirit up for the winter. Is there an easy way to put a trickle charger on the battery or do I need to take the battery completely out? I live in Maine and the bike is in a garage but not heated. What do you people do when you put it up for the winter?
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I bought a Battery Tender which has a permanent wiring harness that can be hooked up to the battery. Now I just plug the charger into the wire harness and it takes about 30 seconds (and that's when I'm having a slow day). I just purchased a Slime mini air compressor and the connection matches the wire harness for the Battery Tender, so there is another bonus!




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I have a 2008 Shadow Aero and i purchased a battery tender from Harbor Freight and i leave that on all winter. Good luck
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Due to the fact that I have had tenders go bad and cook my battery, I have mine connected to a timer like you use for Christmas lights and set to run for a couple hours a day.

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Last year, I received a 5W solar charger for my truck as a gift, and it's been working great! Battery in the truck is always at peak, even if I don't drive it for several weeks. For those of you with only one or two bikes to maintain (and no power in your storage areas), you can grab a 1-5W solar charger with controller for $20-50 from Amazon or Harbor Freight.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001D6GYLO/
Plenty of other brands and sizes out there... this is just one of the ones I was considering buying for my bikes... since my storage building does not have power, and I really don't want to bring the batteries inside for charging this winter!

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A tender is Brest but I don't feel comfortable leaving the battery in below freezing temps so I take it out and keep it in a plastic tub on a work bench in the basement and hook it up to the tender for a few days every couple of weeks, they say leaving it on a tender can shorten the life of the battery but that's debate able but a few days every couple of weeks works for me.

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I don't keep my battery tender plugged in 100% of the time . . . I'll run it for a week or two, then take it off for a couple weeks, hook it back up again, etc. If the temperature is 20 degrees below zero (I live in Minnesota) I'll plug it in longer.



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I have a battery tender from Harbor Freight also and i put Sea Foam in the gas tank all winter. Good luck.
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