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Old 07-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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Charging/Tending the battery on a KTM 500 EXC

Hello,

I'm new to the forum and new to a 4 stroke bike with electric start and battery. Ive been out of the loop for a while on dirtbikes so I have some simple questions. Before going ahead and asking I went ahead and made some google search's looking for my answers. without success..

I just bought a new KTM 500 EXC and my dealer included an access plug to tend the battery from the side of the bike. He told me all I need to do is connect my charger/tender to the plug and charge the battery.

I picked up a KTM "Battery Charger Maintainer". A simple orange charger with a battery maintenance option.

So before I hook everything up I have 2 questions.

Looking at the battery it doesnt say if its an AGM type battery. I have 2 options on the charger for a 12V battery. - (1) 12V LARGE BATT) AND - (2) 12V SMALL AGM). My question is if anyone knows which type the OEM battery included with the bike is ?? Should I be using the 12V Small AGM option ?

The battery on my bike is a Yuasa YTX5L-BS

My second concern is regarding the negative cable.. The instruction manual states to remove the negative cable before charging. Is this necessary with an external hookup like I have ?

Any help would be appreciated with my newb questions. Thank you !
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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Congrats

These 500's are so much fun I can't imagine it sitting long enough to need a charger.
Seriously though I would imagine that the lower setting would be fine for extended storage - I use a Battery Tender on my bikes in the winter and never disconnect the ground, just plug into the SAE plug.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Do you know if the OEM Yuasa battery is an "AGM" type ?
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:07 AM   #4
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look on the Yuasa website, and i bet it'll tell you if it's a AGM... i think it is, it's something about a absorbed glass mat, no fluid to bounce around, most modern ones are.... definitely charge it as easy/little as possible... if the stator/regulator is working correctly, i dunno if you really have to charge them at all... i don't....
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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look on the Yuasa website, and i bet it'll tell you if it's a AGM... i think it is, it's something about a absorbed glass mat, no fluid to bounce around, most modern ones are.... definitely charge it as easy/little as possible... if the stator/regulator is working correctly, i dunno if you really have to charge them at all... i don't....
will do, thx
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