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I've always used the Battery Tender products over the years but earlier when I asked the selling dealer about it he said the typical Battery Tender leads wouldn't fit on the Scrambler. Thinking that odd I looked around and sure enough I have seen others with them installed.

I also wonder about the "official" Ducati option which seems to connect to the under seat plug that is also used for maintenance?

Any recommendations or suggestions for the easiest solution?
 

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I have plugged both battery tender and Schumacher into the lead. Both worked fine. I would say if you are comfortable with the Battery Tender brand, go for it.
 

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I take it no one had any major problem installing the battery tender leads?
I guess I'm not quite sure what you mean. I had a connector coming out of clutch side rear seat and plugged battery tender in with no problems. Not sure if the plug end was Ducati or dealership installed (based on experience with dealership, I would guess Ducati).


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I use the Ducati unit for my scrambler and 899, works and plugs under the seat. Easy peasylemon squeeze!
 

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I can't imagine what that dealer was talking about, Dave. Was he trying to sell you something fancy (and pricey) instead? I've put Battery Tender leads on this bike just as any other. Some dealerships install the leads as they assemble new bikes out of the crate, that way they can maintain batteries in the showroom. Comes in handy if it takes a new bike a few months to sell, and makes it easier for the Parts & Accessories Dept to sell a Battery Tender. "Look here folks, we've already installed the lead for you, rest easy your battery will always be charged".

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I can't imagine what that dealer was talking about, Dave. Was he trying to sell you something fancy (and pricey) instead? I've put Battery Tender leads on this bike just as any other. Some dealerships install the leads as they assemble new bikes out of the crate, that way they can maintain batteries in the showroom. Comes in handy if it takes a new bike a few months to sell, and makes it easier for the Parts & Accessories Dept to sell a Battery Tender. "Look here folks, we've already installed the lead for you, rest easy your battery will always be charged".

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I'm guessing that this person was clueless, I've already ordered a new battery lead set from Amazon to connect to the battery. He told me that there wasn't enough room under the seat at the battery box to install the leads. I'm guessing there won't be any problem with clearance since I've read since then that many people have used the same set-up. Six dollars instead of 80 for the Ducati one is my idea of common sense.
 

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Just curious, after installing the battery tender leads where have most people routed the connector? The only safe place it seems to me is in the left side channel that the seat covers when on. That means plugging it in only when the seat is off which is actually ok with me as it reminds me not to forget to disconnect before driving off.
 

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Yep, I've been able to fish mine out with a pinky, then just tuck it back.

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Just curious, after installing the battery tender leads where have most people routed the connector? The only safe place it seems to me is in the left side channel that the seat covers when on. That means plugging it in only when the seat is off which is actually ok with me as it reminds me not to forget to disconnect before driving off.
Under the rear of the seat at the RH side.
 

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My dealer installed the connector so it is just visible but not under the left side of the seat. It works fine with my Battery Tender. No need to remove seat... but not in the way.
 

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Forgot to mention too, thought it was odd that after disconnecting the leads one at a time to install the leads that the clock didn't need resetting. I was pretty quick in hooking them up but I fully expected to reset the clock as stated in the owner's manual when disconnecting the battery.
 

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Forgot to mention too, thought it was odd that after disconnecting the leads one at a time to install the leads that the clock didn't need resetting. I was pretty quick in hooking them up but I fully expected to reset the clock as stated in the owner's manual when disconnecting the battery.
I noticed the same. You seem to have a few seconds (10? 15? 30?) before the clock loses the time. There is probably a capacitor that needs to discharge before that happens.
 

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My question is if a battery tender is necessary. I have not had any problems with the battery and starting the bike. Also, winter is over so I will be doing more riding.

What has everyone else experienced?
 

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My dealer installed the connector so it is just visible but not under the left side of the seat. It works fine with my Battery Tender. No need to remove seat... but not in the way.
Mine actually comes out at the front left side of the tank (as you're sat on the bike). It was pre-installed by the dealer. I probably wouldn't have thought to route it there but it doesn't offend me and works fine.
 

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My question is if a battery tender is necessary. I have not had any problems with the battery and starting the bike. Also, winter is over so I will be doing more riding.

What has everyone else experienced?
Not if you give the battery a charge once a month. I did this for years with no trouble. I now have an Oxford Optimiser but I have 3 bikes. I just swap it from one to another every week or two. over the winter.
 

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I leave my Optimate plugged into the bike all the time, :) not when I'm riding it though, the cables not long enough :rolleyes: I have a special can bus charger for the bmw,
 
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