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I'm sorry this may be a noob question. I was wondering how long the bike could go without being started or rode?

I have experienced vehicles batteries needing a jump if they had not been started in a week or so... Just curious if this is the same with motorcycles and specifically the 300?

I ask this question because my wife and I will be leaving California for a little over a month in December to visit her family in Brazil. I have been holding off buying the 300 because I have been worried about it sitting too long without being started up and drove around.. Should I hold off buying the bike until we get back around early January?


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It would be fine if you hook it up to a battry trickle charger. But if this is the case personally would wait until then just for the fact that they will probably be a bit cheaper and more options will be available. If you dont plan on riding it no reason to buy it asap..
 

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It would be fine if you hook it up to a battry trickle charger. But if this is the case personally would wait until then just for the fact that they will probably be a bit cheaper and more options will be available. If you dont plan on riding it no reason to buy it asap..
True.. That is what I had been planning on.


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As far as the battery goes, I live in a very cold winter climate. It can get to -30°F. Non heated garage. I have the original batteries in all of my bikes. NEVER been on a charger.
They are stored for no less than 4 months each winter.
This includes my 2003 Honda Glowing, with 94,000 miles, and my 2006 Yamaha FZ1, with 35,000 miles. Batteries can/will still fail, but thats been my experience. Just something to think about.
 

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Guess it just depends on the bike.. Our Ninja 250R will be dead after a couple weeks off a trickle charger and it is common if you look around on the 250 boards.. And with the 300 based off it I would only expect about the same..

My 600 never had a problem but the longest I went without starting it was maybe a month..
 

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Guess it just depends on the bike.. Our Ninja 250R will be dead after a couple weeks off a trickle charger and it is common if you look around on the 250 boards.. And with the 300 based off it I would only expect about the same..

My 600 never had a problem but the longest I went without starting it was maybe a month..
Good info to know. It may be that the Ninja 300 just has a relatively weaker charging system than what I'm used to.

I am actully quite surprised with the luck I've had so far.
 

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Where could I find one of these chargers? The most we would be gone is about 5 weeks. We are down to one vehicle and have decided to buy the Ninja 300 for my commute to work and back.. The sooner the better to purchase the motorcycle if possible, but I could also wait since the SE ABS/ Non ABS is the color that I am interested in the most..


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Here is a question for battery tenders.. The directions say battery must be in an open area if set up to trickle charge.. Does that mean you HAVE to take off the seat and such?? I hate ripping the 250 apart to use the charger, especially when it came with hard wire connectors... Just seeing that in the manual makes me worry or what if it puts off some gas the melts the seat ahah
 

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You should be able to get them at any automotive store. Pep Boys etc.

Battery maintainer, battery tender, trickle charger etc... all of these are the same things.

I take my seat off and leave it on all winter. I usually go out once a week and start up the bike anyway though. I need my winter fix.

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Through a window in my garage, just slid it below the window and shut the window on the wire. But if you don't have a window you could probably just sneak the wire below your garage door, keep the panel right on the side of the house and your bike by the door. or if your crafty, cut the wire and solder more on it to make for a longer reach, then you can park your bike wherever you want in the garage.

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