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If I don't drive my VV for two weeks, my battery looses enough charge so it won't start unassisted... What is the best battery charger to use for my type of motorcycle?

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    Thanks guys for you super fast response... I just purchased a 1.5 12V battery tender and plan to test for leak tomorrow...

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Your problem is that either your battery is to old or weak OR you have a drain on the battery when the bike is shut off. Have the battery "load" tested to verify it's OK. You can disconnect the negative battery terminal and place a digital multimeter between the negative terminal and the negative cable to see if you have current being drained from the battery when the bike is shut off.
You will need a multimeter which has a zero to 10 amp scale to perform this test. Set the meter to the 10 amp scale. Put the negative (black) lead of the meter on the battery's negative terminal. Put the positive (red) lead onto the negative battery cable. Do this test with the ignition off and no key in the ignition. Read the meter to see if any current is being drawn by the electrical system. Anything above 0.1 amps is abnormal (a slight amount is used for the computer's memory) If you have an excessive draw, this will kill the battery. To narrow down the location of the problem, start pulling fuses out, one at a time. Check the meter after you remove each fuse. When the meter drops below 0.1 amp of current draw, the problem is in the circuit controlled by the last fuse removed.
For a battery charger, you want a 1 or 2 amp "automatic" charger. The automatic style will reduce the amount of electricity sent to the battery as it reaches full charge. Manual chargers can over charge (and ruin) a good battery if left on to long. The automatic style allows you to leave the charger on all the time, between rides.
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Are you in the US?

I use what is called a "Battery Tender". It only charges to a certain point and when the charge goes below a certain level it automatically kicks back on.

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