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Default Heads up on battery terminals

Took the chin off my new bike today, only had it a few days. Wanted to install my "Harley Global Charger" for trickle. I don't know if the battery comes from the factory pre-attached or the dealer does it during assembly, but my terminal screws on both positive and negative weren't even finger tight. Not wrenched at all. When I put the wrench on the negative I had no resistance, and I used my fingers to remove positive.

So I'm not pointing fingers here, could and probably is random, but an easy check in the garage rather than on the side of the road looking for a missing terminal screw.

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Ill have to check mine. just picked up my 2010 leftover. they went over the whole pre-inspection. had me sign it and wished me luck. I got on the bike to leave and the battery was stone dead.

They were great about it but there was no way I was waiting 4hrs for it to charge. They brought out the booster pack cranked it over and I was out riding
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It seams like all victory's at some point come up with loose battery cables. So here is a fix for under 75 cents.
Go to hardware store go back to the nuts and bolts and buy two 1/4" star washers. One for each terminal.
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When I bought my Ness XC in July from 1 dealer they signed off checklist and 10 days later when 2nd dealer did 500 mile service they said they checked everything. On way home from service in Dallas (50 miles) bike kept dying like it was losing electrical power. Sure enough, both terminals were less than finger tight. had to turn both a couple of turns just to get them finger tight.

First dealer actually got bike from another dealer to sell it to me, so 3 dealers had the chance to do their job, and never got it done. I've given it a pretty good look at since then and I think everything is tight.

Bike won't see another dealer unless its recall or warranty.

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Typically we service battery conections starting with the 2500 mile service. Now that Vic has doupled the interval. I expect to see more bikes with problems rolling in the shop for this.

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Every Body Please Read

When you disconnect the battery "ALWAYS" do the negative first
Then the positive.

When installing battery hook up the positive first then the negative.

If you don't get ready for sparks and maybe a shorted out battery.
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When I picked up my new bike yesterday I spoke with the mechanic about loose terminals since my 2011 did have a loose one and I had a dead battery on day 2 of ownership. He said that the battery is dealer installed and since my bike came from their sister dealership he didn't prep it. This time I made sure that the battery charger pig tail was on my new bike insuring that someone had to check the terminals.

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When I picked up my new bike yesterday I spoke with the mechanic about loose terminals since my 2011 did have a loose one and I had a dead battery on day 2 of ownership. He said that the battery is dealer installed and since my bike came from their sister dealership he didn't prep it. This time I made sure that the battery charger pig tail was on my new bike insuring that someone had to check the terminals.
I was so ready to get back on the road with my new bike that I did not double check to see if the pigtail was installed... when the battery went dead the next day I looked and found out that there was no pigtail... it was checked off on the bike inspection sheet and the dealer would not send me one. This is where the dealers get allot of the "spare parts for sale" at the dealer swap meet or their "discount" table.

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Default FYI on chargers

Unless you're looking for an always-on solution, you don't need to go straight to the battery to add a 12v charger on the XR. Remeber, the XR is the XC without the fairing and luggage (and a few other options). Because of this, the XR has most, if not all, of the wiring the XC does, just located elsewhere.

I recently added a 12v outlet with dual USB chargers to charge my phone (and whatever else ends up crowding my handlebars). If you pop off the top of your headlight cowl, there is a bunch of unused wires. One of them is purple with a pink stripe. This is a switched 12v supply. There is also a black wire in there for ground. A couple of connectors and you're good to go.

If you need something in the bags, there's a pair all bundled up under the rear fender... ready and waiting.

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Thanks for the heads up! I just couldn't stomach the $800 for the 660 GPS and ordered a RAM kit, Nuvi 1450 refurbished. Think I may just run the Nuvi to those wires instead the of accessory plug. May not be as elegant as in the stereo but $95 won't make me cry as much if lost or stolen. Since not water proof I'll just through it in a bag when rains or a baggy since it still runs on battery. My old GPS only saw water once in 8 years.

Now I'll head over to the usb thread!

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