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Old 10-28-2012, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Battery removal

Hello-----Have not had a Harley for 22 years--
So I'm wonderin if I can remove the battery for the winter without creating a problem?

2009 XL 1200C Sportster
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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welcome to the forum ?? should be in 2nd post
i did same thing didnt know there was intro thread
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes you can..welcome by the way...
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello-----Have not had a Harley for 22 years--
So I'm wonderin if I can remove the battery for the winter without creating a problem?

2009 XL 1200C Sportster
Yes you can but remove and reinstall by the book. Hint, disconnect the negative cable from the top of the trans and pull it out with the battery. Reinstalling feed the negative cable into the battery box and down to the trans. Any other procedure and you'll have problems with dead batteries.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard Skip,

In addition to the very good advice above, also look into a "acid neutralizing battery mat" while you're at it.


These cheap (~$5) mats install between your battery and the mount it sits on, and can lesson the chance of your bike being damaged from acid leaks.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Charge Battery ?

I was thinkin bout leaving the battery in---using a ----Quick Disconnect Extension Cable connected to a Schumacher SP-200 2.4W Solar Battery Maintainer
Battery Tender 081-0148-25 25' Quick Disconnect Extension Cable : Amazon.com : Automotive Battery Tender 081-0148-25 25' Quick Disconnect Extension Cable : Amazon.com : Automotive

I see a Quick connecter near the battery on the bike---is this for using a battery charger? I have looked in my Clymer manual for that info but I don't see anything about that.

Also if I wanted to hook up a 10 amp battery charger can I charge the battery with alligater clips while the battery is still connected in the bike?
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The pigtail would be for a battery tender. You can use the big charger with the battery in the bike but only charge at 10a for an hour at a time. AGM batteries aren't vented to the atmosphere so low charge rates are preferred.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info SCHMIDTYS
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Had a look----Cannot get to the Neg Bat. terminal & I would rather not remove the battery to do so----Want to keep this simple as possable.
Sooooo---Can I clip on the neg. post on the trans.---OR anywhere on the bike with the neg. battery clip.

I'm thinkin that the battery should be fully charged before I hook up the Battery tender???
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