Advice, Second Battery for R1150RT
I've often wondered if I need a second battery in my '04 R1150RT for operation of my gadgets, and Gerbings heated clothing.
Has anyone had any experience with wiring a second, 12 Volt, Lead Acid Sealed battery, into the 'Radio Compartment' box of an RT?
I imagine that the hook up is in series, that is plus to plus, and minus to minus to the bikes main battery.
Then there is the charging factor; and does my alternator charge this battery at the same time the bike is operating?
(I can hear your thoughts now: Oh No, this guy's headed for trouble...)
However, I would appreciate any input, as well as choices for a battery purchase of the many that are out there.
As for the project, I'd imagine that it would involve me removing my L side tupperware, and running some heavy guage wire to the main battery, before I run some splits off for my GPS/Iphone charger/Gerbings heated clothing.
Any advice is much appreciated,
(and believe you me, I won't start this project without all of you involved, 'cuz Vince would kill me, and also, I don't want to come out to my garage, to a melted bike')
Ride Safe, Stay Warm
on Long Island, NY
Two batteries = 2x the trouble
I've put 56,250 miles on my RTP over the past five years, and at this point, I'll have to say having two batteries doesn't provide enough bang for the buck.
The 2nd battery in the left-side glove box/radio box puts a big chunk of weight high up on the bike. The wiring to accommodate the 2nd battery adds unnecessary complexity to an already complicated wiring harness. Trouble-shooting electrical gremlins becomes more difficult with two batteries.
I've often contemplated removing the 2nd battery from my RTP, and going with just the main battery under the tank.
I'd recommend against it. Your RT's alternator and one battery can handle the lights and heated gear.