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Old 10-17-2013, 07:19 AM   #10891
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Hmmm....long term forecast suggests that my morning commutes will be over next week. Rain, snow, sub zero in the mornings....

Guess it's almost time to think about packing it in for the season. Just shy of 16,000km, back tyre is nearly bald. it's been a good run this year.

I'm turning this one over in my head. The bike was sitting idle for 5 days last week(end). Monday morning I go to start up and the battery is nearly flat; it turns over once or twice and gives up.

The only thing that *might* have been on would be the 12v car adapter for the GPS plugged into my accessory slot. The GPS itself wasn't hooked up. More than once I've put the GPS on in the morning and it has powered on, so the accessory socket doesn't ALWAYS power down within half a minute of the bike being shut off.

Would that 12v adapter on its own draw enough to kill the battery in 5 days, or am I having the dealer chase down a fault when it goes for service next? I've left that power cord plugged in since first putting the GPS on. In the days/weeks prior to this I did note some mornings it was perhaps a bit slower to crank over, so the battery might have been chronically weak. I'm not in the habit of using a maintainer during the season (usually just before a trip of a day or more and that's it).

I plugged the GPS in this morning with the bike off and there was no power to it (as it should be). Likewise at work I waited and it did shut down with the usual delay once the engine was off (also as it should be). I think the not-shutting-down part happens when I take the GPS off before the power socket shuts down...I *think*.
Most GPS's run off of 5V, and the mount or its wiring is always converting 12V to 5V when there is a battery to supply them.
So, it sure doesn't hurt to unplug the GPS accessory socket if that's what you use. If you hardwire the GPS, use a switched relay to supply it. Modern GPS's will notify you if you lose power and give you a 30 second window to select on or off, so you don't lose data at gas stops etc.

I don't think much of an accessory socket that loses power when the bike is shut down. How can you recharge a cellphone or run an air compressor when needed on the road?

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Old 10-17-2013, 07:44 AM   #10892
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The Hot Dog thing is only in the spring.
Spring is coming soon!
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #10893
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Spring is coming soon!
Yup. Right around the corner.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:38 PM   #10894
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Mrs BR and I took a spin through the area this after noon... Not much if an adventure ride, but then again any day on a bike is better than being at work.




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Old 10-18-2013, 06:38 AM   #10895
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Any type of accessory will drain the battery...'specially if it converts power to 5V as a usb port.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:59 AM   #10896
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Any type of accessory will drain the battery...'specially if it converts power to 5V as a usb port.
Not if you switch it off... (or unplug it).
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:18 AM   #10897
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Not if you switch it off... (or unplug it).
I have my plugs live so that I can just plug the float charger into them. Nice in the winter.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:26 AM   #10898
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I have my plugs live so that I can just plug the float charger into them. Nice in the winter.
Nothing wrong with having the socket live all the time, but if you're powering USB devices, GPSs etc. remove the accessory plug when not in use, or hardwire them with a relay to turn them off with the ignition key.

I usually have two accessory (cigarette) sockets wired in, one to plug in the air pump or tender (live all the time) and one switched for charging cell phones etc. on the fly.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:27 AM   #10899
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Interesting stuff. True adventure riders and a great story to boot

http://youtu.be/azYER2AxJL0



They have a few days left to try to raise the $$ to get the book published.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...cooter-diaries
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:47 AM   #10900
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Thanks for the thoughts. My GPS saves its state when powered off, so that's not a problem for me. I tried it yesterday again and it did shut down properly with the engine. I'll just start getting into the habit of unplugging the cable when I know I'm not going to be using it, which is most times.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:33 AM   #10901
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Interesting stuff. True adventure riders and a great story to boot

http://youtu.be/azYER2AxJL0



They have a few days left to try to raise the $$ to get the book published.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...cooter-diaries
That was such a cool read. And our kids thought we were nuts when we rode a scooter to the East Coast, and down the Mississippi River!
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:53 AM   #10902
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Thanks for the thoughts. My GPS saves its state when powered off, so that's not a problem for me. I tried it yesterday again and it did shut down properly with the engine. I'll just start getting into the habit of unplugging the cable when I know I'm not going to be using it, which is most times.
This time of year, I leave the battery tender on so it is fully charged.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:47 AM   #10903
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Think I'll put the Bumble Bee to sleep for the winter today. Fresh Mobil 1, and a tank full of hi-test and that pink stuff, spot of fresh chain lube and a blanket.
The DR will stay at the ready, just in case.
Seasons are way too short.
Really enjoyed the new bike. Panniers in the spring....sounds like the title for a chick flick, don't it?
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:45 AM   #10904
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Think I'll put the Bumble Bee to sleep for the winter today.
Are you taking it in for the shifting thing?

This weekend is also "put bikes to bed" weekend for me.

Also, "make sure snowblower works" weekend.

I've been spending a little time in the garage each evening.

The C70 clutch side is all apart and I know what parts I need to fix the shifting. Those Honda automatic clutches are amazing feats of engineering. Super simple and rugged considering they are an automatic centrifugal, manual, and overrunning clutch all in one little case.

The CL175 got all the cables freed up and lubed last night. The clutch operates with about 1/4 the force now. Fork oil next then tires I think.
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Heading out for a Sherpa Ride this afternoon. One day at a time now.
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