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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Battery Removal for Storage ...

Hi All!

Temperatures are dropping and winter is starting to make its presence known up here in the Great White North ... as such it's time to start thinking about winterization and storage. I live in an apt with underground parking however, there is no AC down there. Therefore, in order to keep the battery tendered, I'll likely have to remove it and bring it up to my apt for the winter. My question is this:

Does anybody have any experience with this, and will I lose my digital settings such as ODO reading if I keep the battery unplugged for such an extended period of time?

I look forward to any comments and thoughts you may have. Thanks in advance!

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You won't loose the odometer setting but you will loose your trip and clock.
Buy a quality maintainer .75 - 1.5 amps max. such as the Battery Tender and leave it sit connected until riding season.
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Buy a battery tender and keep it up.

Better for the bike all the way around, keeps corrosion down, which something most people don't think about.

The reason the old British bikes use Positive ground electrical systems, because they produce less corrosion then a negative ground system.

Look it up.....I wondered that for many years the difference between positive and negative ground systems and found out the actual reason had to do with corrosion issue are less with positive ground systems. Lot of moisture in England which would rot the old cars with negative ground systems.
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Hi Bert,

How cold does it get in that underground parking? If it stays reasonable, then I wouldn't even worry about it. Put a voltmeter on it occasionally, if the voltage drops fast, pull the battery and take it inside. I'm typically anti-tender. I've observed more batteries fail prematurely that have owners using tenders than not. That's my observation and personal experience, no scientific backing, and I'm sure the pro-tender crowd will make their case. Everyone is free to do what they want. I think a big problem with using tenders is that a lot of people use one with too much output amperage, and I think that hurts these small batteries. For MC batteries, I like to recommend the Battery Tender Jr. or similar with only a 750mA output. I own this unit, but I use it for charging and not tending. Good luck.

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Thank you all for your advice! I should probably qualify that by "AC" I mean there's no electrical outlets down in my underground parking and not "AC" as in HVAC system, though it doesn't get too cold down there. I have the Honda "Genuine" battery tender that I bought from the dealer which to me looks like a rebadged TecMate. I thought perhaps if I took the battery out I can keep it trickle charged in my apt. over the winter. I'll gestate on this some more but any additional thoughts would be welcome.

Thank you all again!

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I too am mulling over whether or not to pull the battery. I have a Battery Tender jr, but I'm not sure if I should just hook it up to the battery on the bike or remove the battery and keep it on the tender off the bike.

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Batteries don't like hot cold cycles and they don't like slowly discharging in cold weather.
Your ECU has a steady very small drain on a fuel injected bike.
Take the battery indoors and place it in a cool spot if you can find one in your apt. With care you should get 7 or 8 years out of your battery. My record is nine years, I sold the bike with the same battery so it may still be good to this day.
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One word of caution. If you bring the battery inside, keep it away from any spark or flame, like candles, or gas stove.
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One word of caution. If you bring the battery inside, keep it away from any spark or flame, like candles, or gas stove.
It's common sense but it's actually sound advice - accidents often happen due to carelessness.

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Batteries don't like hot cold cycles and they don't like slowly discharging in cold weather.
Your ECU has a steady very small drain on a fuel injected bike.
Take the battery indoors and place it in a cool spot if you can find one in your apt. With care you should get 7 or 8 years out of your battery. My record is nine years, I sold the bike with the same battery so it may still be good to this day.
Even without a tender?

I'm guessing that's what you mean by hot/cold cycles?
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