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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2019, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Factory Trickle charge pigtail

I purchased a trickle charge / jump start tether to replace the pigtail that came with the bike.. This new tether will plug into either a trickle charger or a portable jump start battery pack that i keep in my saddlebag .

When i went to remove the pigtail that came with the bike i saw that it is not connected to the battery terminals. Rather, the wires run into a harness which i cannot easily follow.

I plan just to leave that pigtail in place and install the new tether to the battery terminals.

My question is if doing this is ok..?? I would then have 2 pigtails connected to the battery... not sure uf thats safe (?) Thanks for your replies and help....

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You will be fine, hook 5 of them up if you want to. These harnesses can be used for different accessories or trickle chargers or both. As long as they don't draw more power than the charging system can output when used you are fine. If you only use one and the other sits there doing nothing you are fine as well. The one you have on the bike that you say was not connected to the battery probably had a direct plug in to the factory harness or the dealer just hid the ends real good and it's a dead plug. Grab a test light and check it if you are curious.

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Is the pigtail you bought fused? If not where did you find one?


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You will be fine, hook 5 of them up if you want to. These harnesses can be used for different accessories or trickle chargers or both. As long as they don't draw more power than the charging system can output when used you are fine. If you only use one and the other sits there doing nothing you are fine as well. The one you have on the bike that you say was not connected to the battery probably had a direct plug in to the factory harness or the dealer just hid the ends real good and it's a dead plug. Grab a test light and check it if you are curious.




I’m not using the one in the harness either. Input one of the ones with the LED light that blinks. Just because I took it off my old bike when I traded it in.




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Is the pigtail you bought fused? If not where did you find one?
The one i bought is fused.. bought it on Amazon. Brand is called WeeGo.. $12 shipped...



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My '19 RGU came with a factory pigtail behind the left side cover built into the harness. The dealer I bought the bike from installed a pigtail behind the right side cover mounted on the battery terminals. I thought about running my heated riding gear from one, but I don't have the adapter, but have plenty of Gerbing harnesses. I let my dealer know the bike came with one in the harness and they sounded surprised (like this is something new for '19). As stated earlier, nothing wrong with having several for different purposes.
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Ok thank guys...

As a follow up, the factory installed pigtail runs into a harness and is not directly connected to the battery terminals.
I did install the new tether which I screwed onto the battery terminal bolts.(nice & tight) -
However i found when I plug the battery tender that I had been using from day one to this new tether , the light on the tender remains orange (which means unit is charging) I left it plugged over nite and this morning I saw it was still orange. I removed the trickle charger from that new tender and then plugged it into the factory installed pig tail and within a few seconds the lite turned green (fully charged)

So what does this mean ? Im guessing the new tether is not compatible with the trickle charger I have ?
Im thinking maybe the new tether is a heavier gauged wire since it will be used for jump starting (if ever needed ,,, hopefully not)
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Thanks for the reply, sort of looking for unfused to use as the jump box interface, but most of them are much smaller wire diameter and have fuses. Figured it would ease the 'jump start' if required (don't have to unbury the battery).


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Thanks for the reply, sort of looking for unfused to use as the jump box interface, but most of them are much smaller wire diameter and have fuses. Figured it would ease the 'jump start' if required (don't have to unbury the battery).
ChromeSpark, Why would an unfused wire be better ?


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So far everyone I've looked at has small amp fuses (15-20a) and the wire gauge is that size also. The battery lead wire gauge is large (8 maybe) and the jump box is similar. Jump starting will require a large draw to start the bike (look at the CCA on batteries), you can't fuse for that kind of draw. So what I'd like to find is an extension of the battery cables basically that could be outside of the battery box. The charger or heated gear pigtails just can't handle a jump start, they'd probably melt down some insulation or wire trying to do it and would blow the fuse in a heartbeat.


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