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post #1 of 18 Old 09-17-2015, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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I store my bike in my unheated shed in the winter. Do the regular oil change, Stabil, use stands to avoid flat spots on the tires, etc. My question is about the battery. Should I take it out and plug the battery tender in inside the house, or can I leave it in the bike for the winter and just use the pigtail connectors for the 4+ months its out there. I guess the big factor is the cold. Will that affect anything negatively, as long as its plugged in?

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For the little time it takes, I would remove the battery and take it inside.

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I always remove it and bring it inside on the trickle charger.
I like to keep it out of the deep freeze.
I'm in the same area as you.

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I take my batteries out of the bikes and bring the batteries down to the basement. About once a month I'll throw each battery on the trickle charger over night then let them sit for another month. I don't like the idea of having them 'plugged in' for 3-4 months at a time.



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I take my batteries out of the bikes and bring the batteries down to the basement. About once a month I'll throw each battery on the trickle charger over night then let them sit for another month. I don't like the idea of having them 'plugged in' for 3-4 months at a time.
Yeah, I do the same thing. I only charge it about once a month also. I should have mentioned that. Thanks!!

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What is this winter storage you speak of?
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Is it too soon to ask what is this winter storage you speak of ?


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It's that time of year when I pull my car out of storage and practice my drifting skills (or lack there of).



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What is this winter storage you speak of?
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It's that time of year when I pull my car out of storage and practice my drifting skills (or lack there of).
I know... I'm a project manager... Always want to know my game plan

Last year I put her away on 10/4 in anticipation of the baby's arrival, which happened the next night. This year I am hoping to hold out till at least December. Unfortunately, this year has been simple rides to and from work. At least its a good 60 mile round trip commute on back country-isn roads. Daddy guilt of taking a day trip while the wife stays at home with the little one. Next summer I am hoping to do at least 2 weekend trips through WI, IA, and MN. My goal is to ride from Chicago to my in-laws just outside of Dubuque, meet up with my wife's Godfather and her cousin, ride to LaCrosse along the Mississippi, over to the Twin Cities to visit a college friend, then through WI to Milwaukee to visit my parental units and back to Chicago. I have the gear, the bike in great working order and in a place where it will comfortable for a longer haul, and the thirst for a long weekend away. As for the battery, it seems that pulling it is the best idea. Thanks for the input.

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100 degrees today and loving it.

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100 degrees today and loving it.
Almost time to get your heated gear out.

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my installed and unattended lithium battery has 3 winters in the shed. this spring it was dead but was a long winter, guess i bring it inside this time. sure don't miss lead acid.

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You should definitely bring it inside for the winter. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, cause batteries to deteriorate. Your battery's ability to take and hold a charge is negatively impacted by the hot and cold. Best thing for it is to take it inside for the winter. Charge it once, but don't leave it on the tender. Overcharging is bad and most tenders that purport to be "smart" only have a shutoff when the voltage reaches a certain level, which is not reliable as the voltage of a battery varies based on size, brand, chemistry, etc. So charge it at the end of the season, maybe top it off one or two times over the winter, and you'll have a happy battery.

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Almost time to get your heated gear out.
Indeed, when it drops below 75 in the morning and 90 at it's high point, time to pull out the heated gear.

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Indeed, when it drops below 75 in the morning and 90 at it's high point, time to pull out the heated gear.

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it does get cold here, ya know?

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it does get cold here, ya know?
It sounds downright brutal!


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I know... I'm a project manager... Always want to know my game plan

Last year I put her away on 10/4 in anticipation of the baby's arrival, which happened the next night. This year I am hoping to hold out till at least December. Unfortunately, this year has been simple rides to and from work. At least its a good 60 mile round trip commute on back country-isn roads. Daddy guilt of taking a day trip while the wife stays at home with the little one. Next summer I am hoping to do at least 2 weekend trips through WI, IA, and MN. My goal is to ride from Chicago to my in-laws just outside of Dubuque, meet up with my wife's Godfather and her cousin, ride to LaCrosse along the Mississippi, over to the Twin Cities to visit a college friend, then through WI to Milwaukee to visit my parental units and back to Chicago. I have the gear, the bike in great working order and in a place where it will comfortable for a longer haul, and the thirst for a long weekend away. As for the battery, it seems that pulling it is the best idea. Thanks for the input.
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