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    Trickle charger or disconnecting battery over winter, which is best?

    As per the heading, I've used a trickle charger on my bikes which are laid up over the winter months for many years now. In the good old days, 30 or 40 years ago, I used to disconnect the battery and give it a charge up prior to using the bike again in Springtime. I know older bikes didn't have the complex electronics most modern machinery now comes with, but in terms of battery longevity I'm sure my old method of taking the battery off and refitting it for the new riding season made the battery itself last longer or are my rose tinted glasses steaming up? i.e will a battery last longer if its constantly taking a (small) power drain connected to the bike and topped up with a trickle charger or if it' s taken off and stored and fully charged up immediately before regular use again? Or is it just modern batteries aren't made to last??
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    I keep mine on a charger and unplug it periodically, the cold itself doesn't necessarily ruin a battery I believe it exaggerates symptoms of an already failing battery but, It's better have it plugged in and maintained unless you go with a lithium battery then I believe you can just let them be.

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    On the charger, basically full time. I had great results with this approach on all my previous Aprilias- excellent battery life, no hard starting issues or dash resets, ever. If there's a downside to this it was never experienced in 17 years! I suspect a Capo 1200's added electronics (and parasitic power loss) will flatten its battery sooner, so on the charger she will stay.

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    +1 on the charger all the time. I have four that stay on chargers any time not being ridden and the caponord has a lithium battery, no issues.

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    My charger is a run of the mill Deltran Battery Tender Plus! unit, nothing exotic. Each bike gets a pigtail for quick connections, no messin' around.

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    Having trashed two stators on previous Aprilias by not keeping the battery in tip top condition both the Capo and the Falco are kept on constant trickle charge using Oxford Oximiser 900s.
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    I have mine on a deltran battery tender as well. Have used them for years on my triumphs and seems to work on the capo just fine.

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    When I had the Capo I removed the battery and charged it on optimate every couple of weeks the first winter. No power in the garage so for me that was the best option, second winter I just left it on the bike and ran the engine about every 6 weeks, same as I am doing with the KTM.

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    As far as I know all batteries will slowly discharge if there is no charge going into it and the battery is just sitting. Trickle charging the battery, in or out of the bike is best.
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    A few others have mentioned the Deltran Battery Tender. It must be stressed that these are SMART CHARGERS, not dumb Trickle Chargers. A big difference. They reduce the amps AND the voltage as the battery reaches full charge.
    I've used BT's for years, the best way to prolong your battery.
    A dumb trickle charger will ruin a battery if left on for extended periods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcoholic View Post
    Having trashed two stators on previous Aprilias by not keeping the battery in tip top condition both the Capo and the Falco are kept on constant trickle charge using Oxford Oximiser 900s.
    Im heading into town right now to buy a new one like this. Dog chewed my trusty 12 y/o Oxford Optimiser charger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveNZ View Post
    Im heading into town right now to buy a new one like this. Dog chewed my trusty 12 y/o Oxford Optimiser charger.
    Well they never had an Oxford, so i got this one, and it was on sale with 50 bucks off. and it came with a lot of stuff, back pack, a multi tool, and 2 sets of batery connections. Very happy.Click image for larger version. 

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    I have a Ctek, I keep a spare set of contacts for both my bikes and swap them over from time to time.
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    I just bought a Battery Tender for the Capo and for my Moto Guzzi V7. I live in an area with fairly mild winters so pretty much ride year around and never felt the need for one in the past, but this year the work schedule and unseasonable cold (for us) made me decide to go for it. Both bikes were sitting for a week when I hooked them up to the pigtails and the Capo showed fully charged in just a few minutes. The V7 took a bit longer. They are both 2015s but the V7 has the OEM battery, and the Capo I upgraded to a 16 amp Yuasa a few months ago to address the 'hot start' issue. Happy with my purchase so far!
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