Saturday, June 20, 2015

Battery Maintenance

Not my hand
I was too lazy to go out to the bike, pop the
seat and take a photo, so I found one on the
Internet. Such is the nature of the world.
Log Item: I ride the Diavel enough that keeping the battery charged and cycled is not an issue, but it's never a bad idea to have a trickle charger on the acid box. Ducati was kind enough to build a connection into the motorcycle where you can just plug in. (see photo, right)

And if that was all that there was to it, I would be happy. But I'm not, because Ducati charges $250 + tax (and in California, it feels like another $250 for tax) for a trickle charger that should cost far less.

Thus the search began for a trickle charger that would be compatible with the Ducati system and power interface.

My first stop was Revzilla, since everything is on-line. I e-mailed them and asked them to do the research for me and let me know what is best for my purposes.

They recommended the "Battery Tender Junior HE", available from them for $36.00, and they offered free shipping.

The Battery Tender Junior High Efficiency is much more than a trickle charger. It has a brain. It's lightweight, compact, and fully automatic; very easy to use, especially in small spaces. It will keep your battery fully charged so that it is ready to go when you are. I think that I will go with the $36.00 solution.

Log Item: I've been riding the Diavel, but as temperatures top 95+, it's simply easier to step into the Raptor (air conditioned seats) and roll that way. The bike is designed to handle the heat and you know that it's getting hot when the fan on the oil cooler kicks in.  There is a sweet spot for riding bikes - somewhere between 60 and 90.  I rode over Hwy 241 today and it was 102. I opened the face of the helmet to get more air blowing into the brain bucket. A friend told me that it was 122 in Yuma, which is par for the summer there. No, I have no plans to ride to Yuma in the summer - not even at night when the temps drop to 110.


  1. It's far too hot where you live. I think you ACTUALLY do need a cool bag body warmer.

    1. That's precisely what I was pushing for. Yes, it may LOOK like a body warmer, but it is a body cooler. You can put a Union Jack on it (or an Italian flag) and I'll still ware it.