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post #1 of 20 Old 04-02-2017, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Battery Replacement Time (First post in 100 years)

fast forward three years and time for a new battery.
two things i find helpful when the dead battery strikes. And it will. Like the grimm reaper.
1) powerall jumpstarter ($100 bucks, but good grief worth every penny)
2) a roll of fiber tape (so you dont have to completely remove the tank )

my Powerall i keep in a red tool bag clearly marked 'BATTERY' in a place my wife can easily find in the garage.
(I keep that red bag right next to the other red bag marked 'TIRES' - yup, i make it that easy for her)
A phone call gets her in the car (mumbling and cursing my name im pretty sure ) with the red battery bag, and blammo, even before her tail lights have disappeared ( no she doesnt wait for me )- im on my way home in an instant.

The roll of fiber tape i use to hold my tank in place ( the tank is resting on the cylinder on the left side ) and the long piece of fiber tape keeps it in place nicely. If you have a wife WHO HATES TO HOLD TANKS, EXHAUSTS, HEADERS ETC while you thread bolts or pop quick release hoses then you should get to be very very very good friends with different kinds of tape.

Heres what both look like.
oh, btw the Powerall will jumpstart 20 cars before it needs a charge. ( no kidding ), and it only needs to be topped up every 3 months.

One thing to note about the Powerall, I have pigtails on all my bikes and car (with an sae plug ) for use with a battery tender. I made ( although im sure you can purchase) and sae plug-to-alligator clips ( +/-) attachment that i use to connect to the powerall. The connector on the powerall is a proprietary plug, but i didn't even bother looking on their site to see if they had any adapters etc, as i had some alligator clips and a spare sae plug). I just clip red to red, black to black. Simple ( and was free).
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My bike just turned 3 too so I'm watching it closely.
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I got zero warning btw. The morning i left all i had for a warning was just a single lazy crankover stroke and it fired up. For the last time.
Save yourself a few hundred dollars and dont go OEM ( i got my battery at O'Reillys, the platinum, 220 cranking amps for $122.00 out the door ) and install yourself.

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Hey Mr. Bonk, glad to see you can still remember how to post, even though you managed to put it in the wrong section, hehe... I've moved it for ya!

Good post though, mate! Great to see you back in the land of the living!

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Thanks bossman. I'm rusty. Ill wear my pointy hat for an hour or so.
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Good to hear from you again Bonk! How many miles you have on that beauty now?
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Great photo Bonk, my bike is 3 years old now so after your experience I'll keep my eye on the battery which I keep on a trickle charger....

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My R nineT is getting old enough to worry about the battery. I didn't realize what a pain in the butt it was to change the battery. Thanks for posting that.

Friday I rode my Triumph Scrambler over to the Triumph dealership to look at a new Triumph Bobber. After I finished looking at the Bobber I tried to start my Scrambler and head home. The battery was deader than a door nail. The service department helped me jump the battery and get my Scrambler running. After I got the Scrambler home I tried to charge the battery. No luck. I came back to the dealership in my car and picked up a new battery. Everything is fine now but I hate it when you have to buy a new battery just before a possible trade. Just my luck.

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Not sure if I can handle the mental picture of George on a bobber. Next he will be putting ape hangers on it!
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Hey RK!

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Good to hear from you again Bonk! How many miles you have on that beauty now?
With 3 motorcycles to keep on the road, the R9T has only 10,000 on it (2014).
But its running so sweetly. I really really do love this bike.
If i park anywhere near a coffeeshop or someplace where some motorheads are hanging, I always come out to a couple of guys walking around the thing.
It really is a keeper.

Hows things been here on the forum?
I lost a year ( heavy business year )....
but its great to be back.

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