Trickle chargers are well worth the money if you store your bike for looooong periods of time ... and are less than the new battery you WILL be buying if you let it ruin on your bike ..
If you own a carbed bike, and you do store it over the winter ... before you set it up, turn the fuel off and let it run till it sucks all the gas out of the carbs to prevent all that from gettin gummed up in the jets and float bowl ... (I'm sure this is probably common knowledge to more experienced bike owners, but hey .. might be news to somebody) ...
Frame sliders are worth the investment ....... trust ME on that one ...
Bought a trickle charger two winters ago and use it on the battery every winter. The battery is removed and then connected to the trickle charger from approx November-April each year now. Last year when I plugged the battery back into the bike, she fired up like a dream.
Thanks for the carburetor comments: I own an '87 Yamaha Radian in amazing physical appearance. The engine, however, may need some work as it doesn't run as smooth as I'd like it. It may be a clutch problem, BUT I may also have carb problems as I haven't even LOOKED (this is bad I know) at the carbs for 2 years. The bike hasn't run in two years either. Last time it ran, every time I'd open up the throttle, it felt like the gears slipped. The RPM's shot up and it felt like the gear slipped down one gear. Any tips from the experienced mechanics as to what might cause this? Rickard919, I may need to "beer"row your services this summer if you're at all interested in this kind of thing.
Still pondering getting sliders. Thanks for the reminder.
My contribution to this thread is in regards to saddle bags and stock 9'er pipes / cans. This has been mentioned in other specific threads, but worth mentioning again. For those considering saddle bags AND you have the stock cans, those cans are excellent heat shields. Fear not - I've attached my Cortech Sport bags to the bike and they rest against the cans without issues. The cans get warm, but they don't get so hot that they will burn your gear. Strap on with confidence
Bungee cords help secure the bags
Straps come with the bags