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Works Connection Elite Perch Bearings Are Here!

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My new Elite bearings for my Works Connection https://www.worksconnection.com/ perch arrived today! And let me tell you, if you guys ever have to call them, they have really awesome customer service.  And I have incredibly high standards on that since I have to do that myself on a daily basis so I am picky!   Plus he was really knowledgeable about where to ride during red sticker season.

We spoke briefly about Foresthill and he said it used to be pretty awesome but since the last winter (which if you guys do not live in CA, our last winter was crazy raining and snowy).  It basically has washed away a lot of dirt and left rock.  Kinda figured that out on Trail 4. ugh!  I thought it had always been that way.  I mentioned that I thought I was able to handle a lot of conditions and read the trail reviews about Foresthill and was expecting rocky conditions but not the friggin the Dolomites or the Badlands!

When we went to Mendocino for my birthday the terrain was a lot different than usual after this past winter.  The M5 road just past Cedar Camp (Lat – 39° 15′ 51.5592″, Long – 122° 41′ 55.086″) is gone.  Literally washed down the side of the mountain.  You can take Trail 03 just past Cedar Camp which is super rocky right now (not Foresthill Trail 4 rocky, haha)  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5145207.pdf  Or press your luck and bank it and hope for the best.   Which is what Shawn did with both bikes, as I chose to walk quietly across the landslide area.  I wasn’t about to do that on the YZ my first time out haha!  Or the entire weekend, for that matter.   We have ridden this entire park from top to bottom, both sides (Penny Pines side: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=25164&actid=93 and Middle Creek https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=25162&actid=93  (District 36 Cowbell Enduro was out of there) , and even Trail 69 in Pilsbury https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=25176&actid=93 We have stayed at Beer Creek (do not recommend as sometimes there are weirdos that seem to stay there).  If you do cross Bear Creek near Bear Creek Campground in the early spring, you had better know how to cross deep water.  A lot of Dualsport guys like to take these roads, too.

Anyway, I digress! Now my clutch wrist won’t be hurting!! WOO!!!


So, those no name levers suck.

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The ones I got from Amazon?  They are heavy, and bulky.  And they don’t fit my Works Connection perch, obviously.  Plus apparently my Works levers have 3 sealed bearings and although they are fried, if I get new bearings it will be easy to pull again. The clutch becomes unbearable after a day, it stresses my wrist.  I have a ganglion cyst on the underpart of my left wrist , no kidding, don’t get old — ever.  It gets worse if I ride for several days straight and the clutch is hard to pull.  I have to smack it on a table and then it goes down.  Weird, right?

I don’t know what I was thinking trying to replace the Works ones with some cruddy no name bran all in the name of rotating more under impact.   They are pretty awesome, so I guess we are going back to the bearing store and hope hope hope they have some.

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Going back to these!

 

 


OH, And New Parts For The CBR!

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I received a new pillion seat (yes, I said that!), new bolt kit, a new set of headlights (yes, headlights!) and I have the brand new satin black bodywork.  I have new mirrors and a light kit coming for it, too.

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What blasphemy is this you ask?  Am I giving it up and the C Horse is going back to street?  I am still on the fence about actually going for it.  Shawn and Ali are trying to talk me into a track day at T Hill.  Hmmm.. *think think think think*

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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.

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This is the paperwork that came with it, haha  Car Engine?  In case be eating?  What???

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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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YAY RC51 PARTS!!

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Firstly I think it is kind of unfortunate that I am able to purchase motorcycle parts from eBay or Amazon at the press of a button and not have to go through a ton of steps so I can think it over first.  Do I really need this?  Can I find it cheaper elsewhere?  Should I go OEM?   I just think it should be at least a little more difficult so I can’t easily spend my the majority of my earnings on parts. This month I bought parts and couldn’t pay my cell phone bill for the last two days of the cycle.  Well, I don’t need a phone as badly as most.  Thankfully, Shawn bought a lot of parts this month.

Secondly, we have been working on this motorcycle for eons, and I know Mike Franklin wants me to finally place it in my name (sorry, Mike, I will very soon!).

Long story short, my parts list is long. But I am slowly ticking away at it.

September Goodies…

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An Awesome Birthday Present

 

I received a package today care of my good friend, Em Alicia (MissBusa) and to my surprise it was the Pink MagOGrip Wristband that I really wanted!  The MagOGrip actually has some pretty great sticking power and it’s cute, too!  For those of you who like pink, or if you know a lady rider / mechanic who loves pink, this makes a great gift 😉

Many thanks to you, Em 🙂 You are awesome!