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After doign a bit of a search, i couldnt find anything on this subject, so needing answers, and wanting to help anyone in the future who seeks this info, i wanted to get some questions out of the way.

what is the interval of time that you should check your battery, 6 months?less?

I heard that you can fill a battery with distilled water when its levels are low, is this true?is there anything better?anyone recommend a specific product?

how come when you first purchase a battery, you fill it with acid, and when you top it off you can use other liquids?

I guess if anyone would like to add anything about a battery tender thatd be good too for anyone in the future, i use one, nightly, when im done riding until the next day.

umm, if anyone has anythign else to add, be my guest.
 

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After doign a bit of a search, i couldnt find anything on this subject, so needing answers, and wanting to help anyone in the future who seeks this info, i wanted to get some questions out of the way.

what is the interval of time that you should check your battery, 6 months?less?

Ans: 6 months, Max, better everytime you have the seat off.

I heard that you can fill a battery with distilled water when its levels are low, is this true?is there anything better?anyone recommend a specific product?

Ans: That's the only thing you should add to your battery once it has been filled and charged.

how come when you first purchase a battery, you fill it with acid, and when you top it off you can use other liquids?

Ans: Only the water is lost to evaporation the acid remains, adding adding additonal acid or anything else will damage it.

I guess if anyone would like to add anything about a battery tender thatd be good too for anyone in the future, i use one, nightly, when im done riding until the next day.

umm, if anyone has anythign else to add, be my guest.
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ah, good ol' FOG, always quick on the responces in the troubleshooting forum.

thanks man. going to go out and buy some distilled water tonight.
 

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Regarding the battery tender... I've never used one and we (My brother and I) have never had any problems with batteries going dead or otherwise. When we store for winter, we just take them out, put them on a shelf in the house and don't touch, until we are ready to ride.
 

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over the summer i put it on the tender once a week if that,
but since its gotten cold, when i park my bike outside and come back to it when its really cold, starting it up takes a while,im guessing it takes a lot out of the battery to jsut keep cranking it (tho i do it in couple second intervals).

besides, it cant hurt,so i do it.
 

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I ride year-round here in Cincinnati (it was damn cold out there today...high under 30...brrrr...) so don't typically let the bike sit more than a week at a time. However, when we get a real cold snap or several days worth of snow, I'll hook it up to the battery tender. I have the connecter attached to the battery and just pull the pigtail out when I hook it up.
 

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battery tenders are magnificent... especially if you ride for pleasure instead of commute... you battery has a tendancy to die faster that way... great investment... the tender is equal in costs to a good battery... and you do want to use good batteries

in my last bike i decided to get a cheap battery and i ended up having to replace that one... and replace the one that i replaced it with...

needless to say- thriftyness can be problematic... get a tender and never have battery problems again!!!
 
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