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Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Battery

Maintenance / Battery

The motorcycle battery is a sealed, maintenance-free battery. Do not remove the battery cap strip for any reason. Keep the battery connections clean and tight at all times.

WARNING Battery electrolyte is poisonous. It contains sulfuric acid. Serious burns can result from contact with skin, eyes or clothing.

External: Flush with water.

Internal: Drink large quantities of water or milk. Follow with milk of magnesia, beaten egg, or vegetable oil. Call physician immediately.

Eyes: Flush with water for 15 minutes and get prompt medical attention.

Batteries may produce explosive gases.


1. Remove the battery cover by removing three fasteners 1.


2. Disconnect negative battery terminal.

CAUTION Be careful not to cross battery terminals.

3. Disconnect positive battery terminal.

4. Remove battery from battery box.


1. Install battery into battery box.

2. Connect the positive battery terminal and torque fastener to specification.


Battery Terminal Fastener: 25 (3 N*m)

3. Connect the negative battery terminal and torque fastener to specification.


Battery Terminal Fastener: 25 (3 N*m)

4. Install battery cover and three fasteners.


Battery Cover Fastener 36 (4 N*m)



Read and follow the safety precautions listed on the battery and the proper battery charging procedures outlined in the Owner's Manual.


Indian Motorcycle recommends using the BatteryMINDer 2012 AGM - 2 AMP battery charger (PN 2830438) to charge and maintain AGM batteries. The charger can be found on the Polaris PG&A website.

Batteries that fall below 12.5V run the risk of sulfation, a condition whereby sulfate crystals form inside the battery and significantly reduce performance. AGM chargers are designed specifically for charging AGM type batteries and use high frequency pulses to partially reverse sulfation.

IMPORTANT The use of non-AGM battery chargers or non-AGM battery tenders may result in a misleading "battery not found" or "open cell" fault message. Please ensure you are using the recommended AGM charger when charging AGM type batteries.


The nominal voltage for an Indian Motorcycle battery is 12.8 Volts when fully charged. The battery will self-discharge when disconnected from a vehicle, and will discharge at a faster rate when connected. If the battery voltage falls below 12.5V, it should be charged immediately using the recommended battery charger.

Batteries which are not connected to a vehicle should be inspected every 2-3 months. The battery must be charged if found to be below 12.5 volts.

Always use the recommended automatic battery charger, and wait for the charger to complete the charge cycle before disconnecting it.


AGM batteries discharged to a voltage of 3 volts or less may not be recognized by the recommended automatic battery charger. (The minimum voltage threshold recognized by other battery chargers may be as high as 10.5 volts). Often times deeply discharged batteries can be restored by attaching another, fully-charged, battery to "jump start" the low battery. Follow the steps below to restore a deeply discharged battery.

1. Carefully connect the two batteries' positive terminals, then the negative terminals using jumper cables.

2. Connect the recommended battery charger to the low battery and initiate the charging sequence.

WARNING Always check to ensure the positive cables are connected to the positive terminals before powering the charger on. Reversing polarity when charging can damage electrical components and risk personal injury. Be careful not to let battery cable clamps touch each other.

3. After the charging sequence has initiated, disconnect the fullycharged battery. Always disconnect the fully-charged battery positive first, followed by low battery positive, low battery negative, and finally fully-charged battery negative 4. Proceed with charging both batteries to full capacity. Listed in the table below are the approximate charging times for deeply discharged batteries. Always use the recommended automatic battery charger, and wait for the charger to complete the charge cycle before disconnecting it. The recommended automatic charger will indicate when the battery is fully charged on its display.





1. If the motorcycle will not be driven for more than 2 weeks, maintaining the battery with the Battery Minder 2012-AGM charger (PN 2830438) is recommended.

2. To help prolong battery life, it is recommended to remove the battery from vehicles stored ONE month or longer. To maximize the life of stored batteries, they should be kept in a cool / dry location. Batteries will self discharge more rapidly when stored in extreme temperatures. Batteries should be maintained using the recommended battery charger while in storage.

3. Batteries will self-discharge more quickly when dirty. Periodic cleaning of the battery terminals using a terminal brush will help maximize battery life. Wash terminals with a solution of one tablespoon baking soda and one cup water. Rinse well with tap water and dry off with clean shop towels. Coat the terminals with dielectric grease or petroleum jelly.

4. Battery connections should be tightened to the correct torque during installation. This will reduce voltage drop and ensure a reliable connection between the regulator/rectifier and battery.

See also:

 Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Front Wheel Removal / Installation

WARNING This procedure requires raising and supporting the motorcycle so that the front wheel is off the ground. Precautions should be taken to ensure the motorcycle is properly stabilized at all times. Failure to properly support motorcycle may result in personal injury or damage to the motorcycle.

 Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Fuse Replacement

The fuse panel is located on the right side of the unit. 1. Remove three fasteners 1 and v-cover 2 on the right side of the unit to access the fuse panel.

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