Installationconnection

STORAGE

caution

Attach the cables to the correct battery terminals using the proper torque. Overtightening bolts can damage battery terminals and incorrect connections may damage the motorcycle's electrical system.

Awarning

Always connect the positive battery cable first. If the positive cable should contact ground with the negative cable installed, the resulting sparks may cause a battery explosion that could result in death or serious injury.

Figure 1-22. Position Hold-down Strap

1. See Figure 1-22. Stretch rubber hold-down strap over airbox cover frame tabs.

2. See Figure 1-20. Install battery with negative terminal on left side. Move hold-down strap over battery case.

3. Attach positive battery cable first. Tighten terminal bolt (2) to 6.8-10.9 Nm (60-96 in-lbs).

4. Attach negative battery cable and tighten terminal bolt (1) to 6.8-10.9 Nm (60-96 in-lbs).

NOTE

Battery must sit flat on bottom of tray pad. Verify that battery does not sit on front edge of tray pad.

5. Install airbox. See 1.4 AIRBOX AND AIR FILTER.

6. Install maxi-fuse and side cover. Tighten side cover fastener to 11-17 Nm (98-150 in-lbs).

Awarning

Store the battery out of the reach of children. Inadequate safety precautions could result in death or serious injury.

caution

The electrolyte in a discharged battery will freeze if exposed to freezing temperatures. Freezing may crack the battery case and buckle battery plates.

If the motorcycle will not be operated for several months, such as during the winter season, remove the battery from the motorcycle and fully charge. See 8.9 BATTERY.

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Figure 1-23. Battery Self-Discharge Rate

Figure 1-23. Battery Self-Discharge Rate

See Figure 1-23. Self-discharge is a normal condition and occurs continuously at a rate that depends on the ambient temperature and the battery's state of charge. Batteries discharge at a faster rate at higher ambient temperatures. To reduce the self-discharge rate, store battery in a cool (not freezing), dry place.

Charge the battery every month if stored at temperatures below 60° F (16° C). Charge the battery more frequently if stored in a warm area above 60° F (16° C).

NOTE

The BATTERY TENDER PLUS AUTOMATIC BATTERY CHARGER (Part No. 99863-93TA) may be used to maintain battery charge for extended periods of time without risk of overcharging or boiling.

When returning a battery to service after storage, refer to the instructions under 8.9 BATTERY.

Figure 1-22. Position Hold-down Strap

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