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Love is…

Love is when your significant other agrees to rub lotion into your leathers while they are on you just so you can breathe.  It was not as enjoyable to either party as it may sound.

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I realized I hadn’t worn my leathers since I think October?? My insurance and registration papers I found in the inside pocket expired in October so I had to print out the new ones. Yeah. so sitting in the garage drying out and stiffening up plus winter lbs.  Does anyone have a shoehorn and some bearing grease??

By the end of the ride it was fine but getting in them at first?  I couldn’t even raise my arms to put on my helmet.  I felt like I was in my streetluge leathers.

It was pretty chilly, the roads were incredibly green, there were downed trees, areas which were still flooded, roads still closed, debris from mudslides.  It wasn’t all that great. Plus it is raining again.

Part of me wants summer to hurry up and get here while the other part still wants it to be boot weather!

Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced

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GRANBY, CO – February 15, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates Announced for July 20-23, 2017, at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado.

Dates are announced for the second annual adventure rally organized for women and families. To be held July 20-23, 2017, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include a variety of self-guided rides, Geocache scavenger hunt, classroom training sessions as well as on-range adventure and dirt bike rider training. All instructors are women! Men are welcome too– this is a female and family friendly rally….

Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced

I definitely want to get more into this.  But that would require selling a bike to buy a bigger onroad/offroad bike and I am not ready for that. 

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Monster Energy Supercross Oakland

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****SPOILER ALERT****

We went to Supercross this past weekend in Oakland, which was awesome! If you can believe it, it was my first dirtbike event where I wasn’t actually riding. I know, right? Out of all of these years I have never gone to an offroad event as a spectator–ever. Roadracing, yes.  Many, many, many [sometimes painful] times.  We watch Supercross every time on TV so I was stressing about being able to see as well as I can see on the TV. It was a last minute decision as one of the girls in our office sannounced that the tickets were really cheap due to the threat of rain. So everyone in the office jumped on StubHub.com and the prices were going up as we  were searching.  We got a hold of some awesome seats Section 133/row33/seats 20/21 – this would be my go to seat if I ever went again..

And 47,061 spectstors stood for the National Anthem.  Yes!  Take that, NFL.

Video and Highlights: https://motorsportsnewswire.com/2017/02/05/tomac-charges-to-the-front-in-oakland-to-claim-back-to-back-monster-energy-supercross-victories-0205173/

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And Tomac takes the win!  That boy has the voodoo; I don’t know how he pulled this off. He is on a tear, that is for sure!

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p.s. And Yes, Oakland is everything horrible that you have heard about in the news.  I hate going there.  Sorry people, but if you want people to say things about your hometown, clean it up.  Although it is the Left you have to worry about, now.  There were 20 ft tall police towers in the parking lot at the event.  No need for it though because all the people at the Supercross event cared about was racing and beer.  You guys should pack up your towers and go to Berkeley.

The Beef-Bike Tariff

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By now everyone has heard about the efforts by the Beef Industry to impose a 100% tax on 51-500cc EU bikes.   If not, here is a good article:

Will the US Really Put A 100% Tax on Small, EU Motorcycles? https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/eu-motorcycles-and-us-beef

Request to Reinstate Action Taken in Connection with European Union’s Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR-2016-0025-0001

Quite honestly I don’t like the idea of our beef either so I don’t blame them for not wanting it.  No one wants hormones and antibiotics in their food.  But we in the U.S. consume it in large quantities every year (well, I don’t so much, but! ).  The unrelated ‘we’ll tax your bike if you don’t take our beef’ imposition is ridiculous.

 

Shorai 6V Batteries in Parallel

If you ever need to run parallel Shorais for more capacity (these are two Shorai 6V for a ’48 Panhead).  I had to help a customer out today to help him achieve more capacity to lengthen his time in between charges.  I thought I’d share.

This is the best way to do it.  I truly recommend using a balance charger (like the BMS01) however, to balance them occasionally.   Balance chargers will charge each cell individually to  3.6V each (the Shorai batteries are multiple cell, prismatic to be exact) but they are wired 2S for the 6V and 4S for the 12V).  When you charge via the terminals and either your charging system is out of whack, or your battery voltage maintenance (guilty here!) is pretty poor, sometimes your cells can get out of balance.)

I do NOT recommend using the parallel method to improve performance or run lights at idle on vintage bikes due to low output at low rpms regardless of 12V or 6V.  You really should update your generator if you are having issues maintaining good idle voltage output.  If you use parallel configurations as a Band-Aid for your output, the battery will fail prematurely.  Dropping super low in V and then hammering it with high output at higher rpms is not good for any battery.

WARNING: Parallel is positive to positive, negative to negative.  If you do the opposite you will short your battery and fireworks will ensue, plus you will probably weld the connecting bars together.  One word of advice, DON’T.

These set ups require a dual polarity set up (one battery must be opposite polarity from the other ).

Front to Front Configuration
This set up will fit battery boxes/wells that are:

  • 3.5″ in height (plus a little extra room for terminal cables and important things like protective positive boots!!)
  • 4.56″ in width (plus a little room for the adhesive foam as the connectors do not make the battery fit absolutely flush front to front)
  • 4.45″ in length

Top to Top Configuration 
This is more similar to the 6V batteries that you often see for some HD vintage 6V, the CH-2 (or H2) that is H= 8.5″ x Length= 4 5/8″ x W=4″).  This set up will fit battery boxes/wells that are:

  • 7.5″ in height. (This will also require adhesive foam between the two batteries as the connectors do not allow the battery to fit absolutely flush top to top).
  • 2.28″ in width (width being front to back; but you will require a bit of adhesive foam to keep the two backs of the battery in line with one another. If you don’t, the connectors may bend, see pic 2 and 3.  Better to have it and not need than…you get the picture.)
  • 4.45″ in length (length being + terminal to – terminal, basically)

I hope this helps!

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R6 Stator Issue Sorted!

And finally at home…

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My R6 wasn’t keeping my battery charged (I know, right?) and Mosberg changed out the reg/rec before he gave it to me, my changing batteries, Shawn checking the resistance of the stator, etc. It turns out that there was simply oil gunked up on the coils (looked a little baked on) and so now she has a new stator and it runs like a beast! My output is about 14.1 at idle.  My battery stays charged, it runs perfectly.

I am so excited! When it warms up, off for my first ride! There was ice on my truck this morning and had to be scraped off the windows. I am going nowhere on two wheels any time soon unless it is dirt, and mid day, and I am wearing a thick underlayer.

Thanks be to Shawn for ordering the stator and figuring it all out. He rode it home from Shorai (it was dark and cold and I played the girl card) and he said it was super agile (and too small for him).  He said I was going to love it.  It is really light. The last R6 I was on was pretty awesome so I know this one will be even better.

Thank you again, Mosberg!!!  You is the man.

But I think my WR is getting jealous : (

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Throwback Thursday

My first bike…1994 Suzuki Katana haha.

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