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2017 TAT, Ocean to Ocean in 12 days, Planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by KenCM, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    The 12V outlet is only switched on with the ignition, which turns on the lights and other accessories.
    It is also fused (7.5A)... and getting to the dang fuse requires removing the mid-cowels and a front piece - like 40 minutes round-trip.
    So as a matter of practice, I do not plug anything significant or questionable into the 12V plug.

    I'll probably go the Antigravity battery route and live with the time/inconvenience of battery terminal access.
  2. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    I see. Mine is active to receive battery tender (PC8 box) so doesn't need to be switched on.
    PC8 fuzebox w cover.JPG
  3. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    No doubt, won't work because the clutch is disengaged.

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  4. gbw

    gbw hillbily whisperer

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  5. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    KenCM seemed to be having fun with his heated washing line and it should trickle charge pretty well, but now that you mention it, this arrived at my house today!
    [​IMG]

    I already have permanent leads wired to the battery, because this is my second one.
    I had a frequent overnight discharge problem I thought was caused by a dodgy alarm.
    Attaching the pack and starting up took less that a minute.
    However, this is what happens if you regularly draw more current than they are rated for over a 2 year period
    [​IMG]
    (Still worked though)

    It's a very good product, and ideal for your purposes, if 10 minutes of charging is too slow.
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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Taking wheel bearings with you?

    On my attempt at a 330 mile average per day for 23 days wheel bearings, tires and clutch cables were my undoing. Still managed 290 miles per day for 21 days with a 37.5 mph moving average. You've run a fast pace on a smaller bike like I have and I see no way possible to go even faster on a bigger bike. I did pick up the pace once I sent everything home except my camelbak and tools, it got more expensive due to motels, but I was railing without the camping gear.

    Can't wait for the report!!

    Good luck.

    :lurk
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  7. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    Find this part from your local store, and wire it in once before you go.
    http://www.antigravitybatteries-uk.co.uk/accessories/microstartxp1harnesskit.html

    Edit:
    You got there first!
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  8. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm really trying to avoid taking that dang battery out again :nah

    From here: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/wire-gauges-d_419.html
    ...it looks like 12 gauge has 66% the current carrying capacity of 10 gauge and all those jumpers (and the Antigravity) appear to be 10 gauge while mine is 12 gauge - albeit several times the length.
    So m-a-y-b-e it'd work.

    I need to move on to the auxiliary light guard, so no more time on this.
    I'm going to take an Antigravity and my hillbilly jumper cable and we'll just see how things turn out.
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  9. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I thought the name "Antigravity" was an implication of it's light weight - not that it literally doubled as a hydrogen balloon!
  10. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks.

    The big bike choice was actually driven by the problems I had with a smaller bike - most notably the tires.

    My working theory is that bigger tires = fewer failures and the same for shocks, bearings, etc...

    I guess we'll see.
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  11. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    A different method for starting a bike with a dead battery
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  12. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Decided an auxiliary light guard might be in order.
    Obtained some .125" Lexan.
    Cut it to the size shown (14" x 4")

    shockmount3.jpg

    Used some mounts (obviously meant to be used for mounting the light) and hardware that came with the light.
    shockmount2.jpg

    Added a neoprene washer in the front.
    Behind the Lexan is a rubbery piece that came with the mounts.
    Stop nut on the back.

    shockmount.jpg

    Will probably round the corners of the Lexan.
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  13. Dyrden

    Dyrden Been here awhile

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    That light is quickly becoming a bugs worst nightmare.
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  14. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    I thought the stock Hi-beam is bright/wide enough.
    What necessitates the extra LED?
  15. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    It just depends on how much you want your night riding to be like riding in the day.

    Using this aux light compared to the stock hi-beam is like using the stock hi-beam compared to a flashlight.

    EDIT: I should have mentioned... The stock light is very bright. So much so that before I traded my KTM 1190 ADV R in on this AT, I tried NOT to be riding in front of Garrett on his AT at night because the stock light is very bright.
  16. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    Right! I forgot you guys may be doing a lot of riding in the dark.
    I see the light :)
  17. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yep. Depending upon the definition of "dark," something on the order of 4 hours per day.
  18. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    The traction control might help with tire life. I've been reading of quite a few rear wheel bearing failures in the cry about your AT thread, I'd take a couple sets with you.
  19. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Haha - I turn off traction control as part of my start-up sequence.

    I'll check into the bearing. Thanks.
  20. Dyrden

    Dyrden Been here awhile

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    I've played with the TC a bunch and end up using the lowest level the most while trying to balance steering and unproductive/excessive wheel spin. I wish there were more than the preset modes and a user programmable setting as well. Then add a "master setting button" like on power seats in cars that returns all settings to your presets. I also wish I didn't like bacon burgers as much as I do, but it's not a perfect world. I'm eagerly awaiting the start of your trip.
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