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    Charging Tail

    I couldn't find any positive battery leads to enable easy charging without taking the seat off, and with repeated carb issues and cold blooded nature, I often cranked the battery down trying to start the bike.

    My solution was to install a charging tail.

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    I supposed I could have installed a female bullet connector for added ease but I hope you don't all reply saying I missed an obvious charging connector already on the bike somewhere!

    Did I?
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    I use this now.

    https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende...+charging+lead

    if you have more than 1 bike you can get just the battery leads for just over 5 bucks.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NCOKZQ...531836233&sr=3
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    An almost universal solution here is to simply wire in a flat 2-pole polarized 12v plug available at most automotive suppliers for a few dollars. Never seen the wire nut option, looks vulnerable. If you keep the exposed wire with wire nut I would suggest an inline fuse to protect against a catastrophic short circuit.plug.jpg
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    I just added a pig-tail to the '91 xr250L I purchased. One of the first things I did. This bike is "kick-only" so you definitely want to make sure the battery is charged all the time. It'll start without the battery too but pretty cold-blooded.

    I already have the Battery Tender (get a "plus" smart model, not the BT Jr.). The pig-tails can be bought separate. My local Yamaha dealer sells them for $6.00. Direct battery hook-up and can be used to power other things too.


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    If you lose the wire nut, the wire could ground.
    Is it fused?

    https://www.batteriesplus.com/produc...yABEgLFhfD_BwE
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    They don’t come stock with a connector. If your carb starts leaking, be careful with things that create sparks in that area. Cheers
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    I've got a battery tender I can share so I'll pick up an extra pig tail. I think they include the fuse but I'll add one if not.

    Thank you all.
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    That lead you hooked up is incredibly dangerous as others have said. If that wire nut comes loose and you get a short, the heat generated in the wire would melt it, possibly start a fire, possibly explode the battery. so get rid of it fast. Get the plug Fred showed you, and you can also use it to plug in all kinds of temporary accessories, like a GPS, phone charger, etc. A fused one is best, but a straight polarized flat plug is OK too and the positive lead is protected. They are available all over the place and only cost a few dollars. Just hang it supported under the bike somewhere or sticking out where you can get to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100000 miles View Post
    I've got a battery tender I can share so I'll pick up an extra pig tail. I think they include the fuse but I'll add one if not.

    Thank you all.
    Yes, they come with a fuse. Get rid of that "MadMax" set-up as soon as you can.
    However... nice ingenuity anyways.

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    I've done this to all my bikes now. Moved the charging port to the dash area, and I use it to charge, run my gps, volt meter and I have a usb port for the phone or camera batteries. Very handy.

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