Cheers to Mike Aust for going out and getting that new KTM so he can do what we all love to do. Ride! I myself just purchased a new KTM 530 XCW-R as well as a TT-R 50 for my 5 year-old son after a seven year hiatus from riding which has been a passion of mine since I was seven years old. The time off the bike was triggered by a nasty endo down a large dune at Oceano Dunes on my then dream bike, a CR 500. The wreck resulted in my third broken collarbone, a broken helmet complete with concussed melon, and a blunt puncture to the back of my thigh where the handle bar had bashed through the skin but, amazingly enough, not my leathers. While I eventually healed, the damage to my bike was beyond my financial capacity at the time.A wife, two kids and a real job later, I have returned to the saddle (cautiously) to revive my passion for riding and share the experience with my son. My question is (yes, I actually have one) how do I keep the battery in my bike from discharging after a week of not starting it? The bike is equipped with a kick starter (sans compression release) but, my real concern is that the battery-life will be severely shortened if constantly discharged. Can I put a 2 amp trickle charge on it to keep it fresh? Since the bike is so new, it charges up fine after riding for a while but, I am over kick starting this thing (ever) and the electric start was one of the reasons I did not hesitate to buy a 500+ cc bike with no compression release! While I would love to ride often enough to prevent the battery from discharging, I have yet to win the lottery or get a job with DR to make this possible leaving me kicking this thing over once a week whether I am riding or not. What to do?
Chris BaeWe have a story on this that will answer most of your questions. It is in the May 2008 issue, but basically you need a smart charger like the Battery Tender or Optimate. We like the Optimate from Motion Pro. It comes with a quick connect you attach to battery permanently. You can just plug it in after a ride. Check out the Doctor Dirt battery story for more information.