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I think that most of us will have occasion to connect up a battery tender or periodically charge our bike batteries. I had the experience of trying to access the battery on my Street 750 today, and found the process to be very complicated - just to even access the battery itself.

I'm a relatively mechanical person, so I was surprised at the complexity. Has anyone found a good way to quickly access the battery (and terminals) on this bike, or is this just a matter of design?

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I access it once and put one of these in and run it to the section under the seat.

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I access it once and put one of these in and run it to the section under the seat.

My bike came with one of those wiring harnesses instaled. I have a battery tender hooked up to it now.
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I bought this tender, Black & Decker BM3B 6V and 12V Battery Charger / Maintainer, $19.95 on Amazon.

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I think that most of us will have occasion to connect up a battery tender or periodically charge our bike batteries. I had the experience of trying to access the battery on my Street 750 today, and found the process to be very complicated - just to even access the battery itself.

I'm a relatively mechanical person, so I was surprised at the complexity. Has anyone found a good way to quickly access the battery (and terminals) on this bike, or is this just a matter of design?

Curious for feedback - thanks
There isn't an "easy access" to the battery as H-D literally buried the battery as you found out. In purchasing a Street I would require the dealer to put in the pigtail for a battery tender (my dealer does it automatically on all new Harleys). On our chopper and bobber rigid frame designs we're addressing this problem and moving the battery down (where the swing arm is on the stock Street motorcycles) to provide easy access.

Of note to any "newbies" always keep your motorcycle on a battery tender when not in use even if it's just over night. It can increase the life of the battery by about 3-times what it will be if you don't do this. The batteries aren't cheap and they're going go be a pain in the rear to replace or cost a lot if you have the dealer do it.



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Of note to any "newbies" always keep your motorcycle on a battery tender when not in use even if it's just over night. It can increase the life of the battery by about 3-times what it will be if you don't do this. The batteries aren't cheap and they're going go be a pain in the rear to replace or cost a lot if you have the dealer do it.
Thank you for this information, I did not know that my bike should be on a tender when not in use. This will be fixed today.
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Good call on mentioning the pig tail, it's also a great thing that your dealer already does it, which goes to show how good of a dealer they are to be doing that.



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Good call on mentioning the pig tail, it's also a great thing that your dealer already does it, which goes to show how good of a dealer they are to be doing that.
Ironically while my dealer does add the tender pigtail to all new motorcycles as a matter of course they didn't do it on my Street 750 because they knew I was going to tear it apart for my chopper project anyway. I guess I was special. LOL




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I bought this tender, Black & Decker BM3B 6V and 12V Battery Charger / Maintainer, $19.95 on Amazon.
Nice!
How are you liking it so far?

I'm thinking about getting a Cteck battery charger after seeing how well their brand seems to be doing among the industry.
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Nice!
How are you liking it so far?

I'm thinking about getting a Cteck battery charger after seeing how well their brand seems to be doing among the industry.
I have 2 of the Black & Decker BM3B 6V and 12V Battery Charger / Maintainers, one on the motorcycle and one on the convertible, they work great.

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