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« Reply #3160 on: February 06, 2012, 07:54:51 AM »

After letting the bike sit for 2 months, I went for a ride on the Navajo land. The sky was blue with big puffball clouds. Riding under a huge sky is something I really love. You feel like you can see forever. Wish I had the literary skills to properly describe the feeling.
Then I came home and cleaned the poor, neglected bike. Rolleyes Lastly, I put a bed sheet over it so I won't have to clean it next time. Oh yeah, I put fresh gas in it too.
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« Reply #3161 on: February 06, 2012, 06:55:42 PM »

Broke in a new rear tire to the tune of about 450 miles.  Oh I picked up the PA tag in the process.
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« Reply #3162 on: February 07, 2012, 02:20:13 PM »

Did some tagging and installed a Scottoiler

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« Reply #3163 on: February 07, 2012, 09:04:12 PM »


Did some tagging and installed a Scottoiler

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And may I add, congrats and so long to constant chain maintenance

P.S. check your rear brake fluid (bit low and a bit dark)
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« Reply #3164 on: February 07, 2012, 09:26:12 PM »

Nothing major, just added a 12v power outlet.  $10 at cycle gear (can't go wrong), though the wiring is about 1.5" to short.
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« Reply #3165 on: February 07, 2012, 09:39:27 PM »

Dark is from lighting and low is because it is about time for new pads.





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And may I add, congrats and so long to constant chain maintenance

P.S. check your rear brake fluid (bit low and a bit dark)
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« Reply #3166 on: February 08, 2012, 12:25:32 AM »

I spent some time giving my neglected chain a good cleaning with a grunge brush and diesel (nasty job).  It was filthy and kinda dry, but still has life in it. I then measured my it for wear and checked it for tight spots. I am going on 26,000 miles on this chain (stock chain) and it looks good and is still in spec! Yay, DID! Who needs a shaft drive! While doing this I noticed it is just about time to order some rear brake pads. It is kind of strange to do my "winter" maintenance piecemeal like this as I usually take the bike off the road for the bad weather. Not this year...
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« Reply #3167 on: February 09, 2012, 10:26:28 PM »

Today, new rear pads and a good bleeding.
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« Reply #3168 on: February 09, 2012, 10:41:25 PM »

Took apart the valve train.


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« Reply #3169 on: February 10, 2012, 10:44:13 AM »

Eeeek!  Did you give the patient general anesthesia?

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« Reply #3170 on: February 10, 2012, 10:46:05 AM »

I've been using my Commutasaurus Rex (Goldwing 1200) without a topbox for the past many months.  Finally I had to give in and install it for purposes of practicality.

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« Reply #3171 on: February 11, 2012, 12:15:51 PM »

A month ago or so I installed a Ballistic EVO2 battery - ttp://www.ballisticparts.com/products/batteries/batteries.php - in the Bandit.

Great battery, but different cold weather characteristics then a lead/acid battery - http://www.ballisticparts.com/downloads/video/video2.php -.

Other than that, it is a great battery and provides more than twice the CCA of a lead/acid battery at 1/5th the weight.

SO, on to the maintenance of the day. Pulled teh battery out and balance charged it. This is not a necessity, but will help it last longer. They come with a three year warrenty.

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« Reply #3172 on: February 11, 2012, 12:18:05 PM »

Is that a lithium battery?  Similar to the Shorai?
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« Reply #3173 on: February 11, 2012, 12:32:17 PM »

 Yes, they are both LiFe (Lithium iron) batteries.  When I was looking to upgrade the battery I looked at a number of options.  The Ballistic EVO 2 seems to be the best bang for the buck.  Compared to the Shorai LXF18A1, the EVO 2 12 cell has a higher amp rating and a higher cranking out put for the same money.

 To give you an Idea of the size difference from a normal battery, here it is installed.  You actually have to use the supplied foam from the box it comes in to give it a snug fit in the battery box.
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I had to use some foam on top too.
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« Reply #3174 on: February 11, 2012, 12:34:50 PM »

 If you decide to go with one and do not have a LiFe compatable charger I would recommend one.  It is not specifically required, but will prolong battery life in the long run.
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« Reply #3175 on: February 11, 2012, 12:38:30 PM »

I guess it's good to add that into the battery cost.  I've never hooked anything up to battery tenders and have never had a battery issue.  I don't think my stuff sits long enough to bother.
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« Reply #3176 on: February 11, 2012, 12:47:45 PM »

 I would not hook one of these up to a tender. They do not lose charge like a lead/acid battery does.  You can charge it today, put it on a shelf, come back a year later and it will still have 90% of its charge.  The charger they offer is a balance charger, I use the ones I have for my radio control stuff, that balances the cells inside the battery.

 My stuff does not sit, but it does get hard use in the form of a fairly short commute (under 10 miles) and use down to the upper 20s. I was going through a lead/acid battery every 14-18 months.  I would replace them when cold weather performance deteriorated.
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« Reply #3177 on: February 11, 2012, 12:49:50 PM »

Weird, I ride year round and it sits in a cold garage.  Never an issue.
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« Reply #3178 on: February 11, 2012, 01:01:07 PM »


Weird, I ride year round and it sits in a cold garage.  Never an issue.


 I chalk it up to frequent short commutes which are hard on a battery and the fact that I replace them before they leave me stranded.  Kind of a preventive maintenance thing.  When I lived elsewhere and used the previous bike for pleasure, not commuting, the batteries were replaced far less often.
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« Reply #3179 on: February 14, 2012, 12:09:25 PM »

Took these off.

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And put these on.

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