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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.

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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The 70th Annual Cowbell Enduro at Middle Creek Was Fantastic!

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I swear to you, the folks with D36 and the riders are some genuinely friendly people.   I always felt that the Enduro and Hare and Hound crowds were much friendlier than MotoX, even friendlier than those in the Roadracing community.  But honestly, up north with D36, they are amazing.  Truly welcoming, helpful and just want you to have fun.  You can’t figure out the timekeeping?  NO problem, have fun (and stay out of the way of those who are trying to make it to the checkpoints on time).

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WOO HOO! Shorai Is Sponsoring Us To Race the Cowbell!

shorai_zopimI am so excited : )  Now I have pressure to finish the race.  I heard it was super muddy in some places last time and a lot of the riders did not finish.   I watched some footage from 2015 and most were just puddles except one hill climb.  I hope if we have to cross the usual river we cross over when we go out there it won’t be too swollen.  I have never gone down while trying to cross but once when the rocks were super slippery, I almost did.

My biggest issue is an enduro computer; I have Checkpoint but it requires a speedometer alongside it.  Not sure why that couldn’t have been added, there are speedometer apps.  But I hope my battery will last that long and I will have to tape the case to the top of my handlebar pad.  I am not proficient with keeping time during timed enduros.  I am always late anyway, so at least I will have fun!

95 miles is a lot of miles, I hope I can finish the race.

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Yay! New Rubber!

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Surprise! Shawn had a new tire for me for the last race I couldn’t make (because of the leg) So I guess this means I’m racing  🙂  Let’s hope the CRF can handle it because it’s gonna be muddy ; )  As Brian (the customer who told me about the Cowbell) said, “It’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian.  But it is more like, can I handle hours of riding without stopping.  Before I got out of shape we could ride all day; not anymore.

The CRF needs to make it 50 miles for the race and it can go about 70mpt if I am not wide open the entire time (which I won’t be).