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post #1 of 14 Old 11-09-2013, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Running the engine each month to recharge the battery

Question:

(1) Does it hurt the bike to run the engine in place in neutral for 20 - 30 minutes each month from November - to February in order to recharge the battery.

I've read some winterizing posts in which individuals said NOT to do this but they didn't say why not to do it.

Understand I can buy a device which plugs into a wall socket and keeps the battery recharged.

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I've never winterized my bike. I'll put it on a trickle charger once a week for a day and if the sun comes out and the temp is manageable, i'll go for a short ride. I'm not sure why you would need to winterize in Maryland? I'm originally from south Jersey and I would ride my bike to work all winter unless there was snow on the roads.

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For just the battery I think a float charger would be better maintenance.

For the rest of the machine, I'd try hard to actually ride it every once in a while. So you can also exercise the transmission, axles, suspension, flex the tires, etc.

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The battery does not need to be recharged each month, if nothing is draining current from it. (Leave it disconnected)
There is almost no self-discharging with theses battery. And if prefer to be stored in cold.
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Nope.....you either ride it or you don't touch it. Some STABIL and a smart charger is your best friend in that case, actually starting the bike drains the battery and also creates condensation in oil which cannot boil off unless the engine gets up to temperature for a good period of time.

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unless your riding it, idle rpm doesn't really do much to charge the battery, you also used a fair amount of energy from the battery just to start the bike, running the bike for short periods also contaminates the oil puts the crankcase thru a heating/cooling cycle, condensing moisture inside the crankcase, further contaminating the oil

rule of thumb, if your not going to RIDE a half hour or more, don't start it



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What everyone else has already said - if all you are concerned about is keeping the battery topped off, get a battery tender/trickle charger for it. You can get a cheap one for $20 at Sears that works just as good as the high dollar ones. I lived in Maryland for a number of years, but generally I rode year round, so I never winterized my bikes. If you plan on letting it sit for over 30 days, get some Stabil or Sea Foam for the gas in the tank (if you don't drain it), I would put the bike on its center stand so the tires stay in good shape, and if you don't want to hook a charger up, remove the battery and keep it in the house. I'd really just suggest running it up and down the road a few times during those months though, it would do more for you than all of this.

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... I'd really just suggest running it up and down the road a few times during those months though, it would do more for you than all of this.
As long as the ride was 20 or more minutes so that the bike can get nicely and completely warmed up. Otherwise not much point in doing it.

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Nope.....you either ride it or you don't touch it. Some STABIL and a smart charger is your best friend in that case, actually starting the bike drains the battery and also creates condensation in oil which cannot boil off unless the engine gets up to temperature for a good period of time.
I'm with Big, that is my routine for winter. I use a Deltran Battery Tender Junior.

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Out of curiosity last year I wanted to see how much my OEM 2009 battery would lose at room temperature (70 ish) during the the typical 3 month seasonal down time I typically experience.

I removed the battery from the bike, trickled charged it over night, and let it sit a day to settle its charge and took a reading.

Forgot about the battery and a tad over 3 months before getting ready for a ride I checked the voltage. It only lost .09 volts during the entire time sitting.

Needless to say I trickle charged it again, didn't take long to fully charge. Dont worry about the battery all too much. AGM batteries do not lose much charge over time (low self drain)

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