The LCD clock in the instrument
cluster of K bikes causes a slight "parastitic" drain on the
battery. Therefore, if your bike is going to be
sitting for an extended period then it's a good idea to
either disconnect the battery or keep it on a float charger.
One of the more popular float
chargers is the Battery Tender Junior made by Deltran.
It is a "smart" trickle charger that can be left hooked up
to the bike 24/7 without risk of damaging the battery.
The power outlets above the
ignition coils on most K bikes and in some K bike handlebar
pads are commonly referred to a Powerlet outlets. Powerlet
is a brand name for a plug/outlet that is generically
referred to as a European DIN plug.
Here's a picture of a Powerlet
plug. As you can see, they are very easy to wire up using a
small flat screwdriver.
Another name for these is Hella
(lighting manufacturer) plugs. If you search eBay for "hella
plug" you'll find several styles of them available for a
However, I would recommend not
buying these inexpensive ones from China. They are of poor
quality and difficult to wire up.
Since the power outlets on K
bikes are unswitched power that go directly to the battery
via the #4 fuse, a convenient way to keep your battery
charged is to use a Battery Tender Junior with a Powerlet
plug wired to the end of one of the connectors that come
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