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On my late 84 model with the battery on the left side of the bike, I find it hard to access the battery terminals to charge the battery or put it on a tender without pulling the seat or the battery cover.

Do any of you have any special contact points around the bike that you've installed to make charging easier?
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Battery tenders come with a pig tail you install for easy charger connections.
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I just take the seat off - it's only one screw...

But, as ryder rick said, a lot of chargers come with a pigtail connector you can permanently attach to the terminals. Of course, then you have it dangling somewhere. That's why I just take the seat off.
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I prefer to have the pigtail "dangling somewhere"
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I don't mind tucking away a pigtail. Taking the seat off gives me the minimal access to the positive terminal which I've arked a few times. I thought about fabbing a small cable with a protective end that I can hook my garage charger to but that might be overkill. I'll just buy a tender and be done with it.
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You can try clipping to the breaker post wire coming from the positive side of the battery. Not the load side of the breaker though. Gotta know what you are doing to try this though.

Ground can go anywhere. Except clipped to the tire.
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One thing to note about the tender pigtails...they have a 7.5amp fuse, and won't take a full load from a regular battery charger. They're meant for the trickle chargers or low drain power ports for phone/GPS chargers.
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My battery was low from winter storage. I wasn't smart enough to think to purchase a tender for it last fall. I used my charger to get enough juice in her to get her to kick over and all was well. I'm just looking for an easy option to put my maintainer on without investing in a trickle charger.

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Ah but, you could take the seat off once, install the pigtail and thence forward park and plug in. Here's where mine stays. It's out of the way and I forget about it until I need it.
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Mine ended up below & to the rear of the battery box:




I also made some accessory items to make it more useful than just trickle charging...
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