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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Oologah, Indian Territory, USA...
Model: GL1800 Hot Rod Yellow
yup, Always can be dangerous, or just have consequences that are unwanted.
My bike's voltmeter is an analog unit, I wanted to be able to see the battery condition all the time as I walked around the shop. so, I wired it direct to the battery.
no problem for 3 weeks or so, but at about 4 weeks, that tiny bit of extra draw pulls the battery down far enough that the 1800 won't engage the starter.... that's somewhere around 10.5-10.8 volts.
my solution is to just always keep a battery tender on it, I do that for every small battery on the place. RV, lawn tractor, scooter, 1800...
the only exception is the Emergency Generator. It uses an AGM the same size as the 1800 does.
but, when it is off, the battery is totally disconnected from everything.
I suppose its' saving grace, is that it is stored inside the attached garage and never gets below about 40°F
when my wife got sick, and I had to stay with her at the hospital for a year, the GenSet went 18 months w/o having once being started up. I wondered if the battery would crank it up.
But not to worry, it hit solid as a rock, and the engine fired up on the 2nd revolution.
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