CT/RI Small Bike Crash-o-Rama rides!

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by alcontrast, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    Like I said earlier..somewhere.. I replaced the OEM Yuassa battery on the Husa right off the bat with a Shorai battery. It definitely cranks the bike better.. I have the $$ Shorai charger, but I have never plugged it in.. I have not started the bike since November.. so I thought I would go out and see if it would start.. today it was around 30 and snowing here in Newport... sorry about the goofy cell phone video.

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    I didnt have to "warm" the battery up at all.. although there are other videos of bigger bikes where the owner definitely had to turn on the headlight for a bit.. I think mine starts so well because the Shorai has way more CC amps than the bike requires.
  2. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Yea, I hear ya. I'll try a new regular battery and keeping it on a tender. It sucks that I have two batteries that are less than 2 years old and they are weak.

    I got a Shorai 9AH battery when my starter stopped working, hoping to fix it. It wasn't the battery, but I left it in. The charging system should have kept it decent. Anyway, it's pretty weak now and doesn't crank it cold, that's for sure - so it's useless to me
  3. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    One thing about the Shorais that I have read is that when they get weak they must be reconditioned with the Shorai charger.. it is all computerized and such and it knows how to recondition the individual cells somehow.. You are welcome to borrow mine if you would like to try and recondition your Shorai.
  4. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    I can find some use for it!
  5. akarob

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    I'll give it a shot. I'm going to take some measurements and compare the results. I will go from full charge record the voltage.
    Then hook some lights up to the battery and see how long it takes to drop to a certain voltage. maybe 10.5 volts or something like that.
    That should be a good indication if the battery gained any capacity.
  6. lester3

    lester3 Been here awhile

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    i have a true gel battery 4 yrs old .no issues. are your bikes stored in a heated area?
  7. alcontrast

    alcontrast at least I'm trying

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    I like to watch how low the voltage drops when cranking the starter motor. It's probably a little different with a lithium battery but a lead acid battery can be showing 12.6v with the bike turned off or even with the lights on but when you put it under load by cranking the motor the voltage will drop substantially.. With a good battery it usually goes no lower than 10 volts from my experience. If it drops down below 9 volts or so in the first few seconds the battery may be on it's way out.. If it drops down below 6 or 7 volts the battery definitely has issues.. Temperature will affect that also.. Again that's based on lead acid/agm batteries and lithium may react entirely differently but I would think that's still a better test than a slow drain on the battery with some lights.
  8. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    No, its currently about 16F in my garage. :D I did get my lights sorted out and I also got my MAIN headlight bulb working (I think). I'll check it tomorrow but I'm pretty sure I fixed it. The plug was wired wrong.
  9. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I wish! I can't seem to get my garage over 35 degrees even with a 22K/BTU kerosene heater when it's this cold out. My bikes need some attention before next season gets going.
  10. maat

    maat meh.

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    I have a 14ah Shorai that you can borrow until spring. I really like Shorai batteries but don't trust them. I am shipping my bike to Peru for a few weeks of riding in February so I swapped the shorai out for an AGM until I get back.
  11. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    Peru? that's one way to get some riding done!

    I just got an AGM for that 525EXC I borrowed, will see how that works, if I ever get to ride it...
  12. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Did that o-ring fix your fuel leak?
  13. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Just tarp off an area in the garage right around your immediate work area!:freaky

    Should be able to get the work area up to 70 easily?


    If it's a bullet style heater, they have a plastic fuel screw near the foam air intake, you can really goose the output with a little twist. the kerosene units give me headaches, I prefer the propane units.
  15. lilolita

    lilolita fahr mit mir

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    Haha, the cheese just showed me this, but it's my turn to get another bike. Dats some mad color combo.
  16. MATPOC

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    well, it almost did but it had a small nick on the side so there is a bit of fuel getting by, much better then before.

    I'm gonna get a new one form Sudco, KTM only lists it as part of the float valve, they are under a $1 so I'll get a dozen :) I just never got around to ordering one since work suddenly kicked in high gear, last week had to stay past midnight few times, also with this cold spell I'm not even looking at the bikes this week.
  17. Point37

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  18. stromper

    stromper Been here awhile

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    Further battery thoughts

    Some dirtbikes have ignition run by a spinning magneto independent of the battery system

    If however

    Your ignition and or injectors are run by the electrical battery system then when/if the battery cranks less
    than 9 volts the electronics which controls them goes to sleep and your done.
  19. jxg

    jxg Been here awhile

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    husky claims the te250 will start (via kick) at 7 volts, not sure if its true or not though.
  20. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Wo says ya cant get thair from hair?
    Thats cause its 7 volts, not 7 rpm, your kicking speed? :lol3