My experience with the BMW Motorcycle Battery Tender started after a recent problem I had with loose battery leads from an improper new vehicle preparation. In any case, I needed a practical way to properly maintain the battery on my new 2010 BMW G650GS Motorcycle, which I have been accessorizing.
So, after much online research, it turns out that the battery can easily be trickle-charged through the Powerlet jack on the left side of the pseudo-tank (the real gas tank is under the seat). Nice!
To that end, I picked up the BMW Advanced Battery Charging System (Generation II) yesterday from my local dealer, part number 72110419496.
The nice part is that the battery connection (the DC end) is a generic heavy-duty connector and that the package comes with three modular ways to connect up:
- Powerlet male connector
- Alligator clips, with in-line fuse
- Battery terminal connections (not needed if you are using the Powerlet connector) with in-line fuse
Looking at the bottom, it looks like this is an OEM product of Deltran (it looks like their Battery Tender 021-0128 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger). I guess there was no point in BMW designing their own for this mid-range product. And it was about the same retail price as Deltran’s product.
I was pleased today that it fully charged the battery, and my BMW G650GS started right up. I highly recommend it.
Credits: Stock image from the BMW Motorrad USA website.