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post #11 of 17 Old 01-30-2019, 02:57 PM
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Hmm. Works for me. Here it is: New Motorcycle 12 Volt Battery Maintainer Tender Trickle Float Smart Charger 12v , $5.77

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-30-2019, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Okay! Thanks! Looks perfect!

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post #13 of 17 Old 01-30-2019, 08:17 PM
 
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Nick, how did you start the engine again when it died at the light? If the carb float stuck then it got caught between empty and filling so had no fuel. But if it started right up again then the idle might be too low or mixture. Or these funky vacuum diaphragms get stuck in the tube and kill the engine. Hard to say if it only happened once.

I'm glad you're getting the LED light. It's on my list too since these stock bulbs are terrible. But, I will caution you against riding at night since you're new to this operation. I expect to be nearly hit by a car every time I go out on the road simply because I am nearly hit by a car every time I go out on the road. Only my defensive riding skills keep me from getting hit. Car drivers are getting worse and worse and night time is doubly dangerous. After 15 years riding I ask myself if I have my 'A Game' every time I suit up and if the answer is 'no' because I'm sick or distracted then I don't go anywhere because my life is on the line and I know the worst drivers are out there waiting to cut me off or not yield at a traffic circle (just happened 1 hour ago), etc. Stick to daytime riding, is my advice...especially with a bike that doesn't sound ready for prime time to me.

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post #14 of 17 Old 01-31-2019, 07:18 AM
 
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I concur, it if starts up regularly with no issue the battery is good.
The easy test is to charge the battery with a tender and then let it sit for 24 hours. If the bike cranks easily its good.
H4 Halogen 60w/55w draws about 6.5 amps through the 10amp headlight fuse, the turn signals and tail light draw up to 7amps through the horn/tail/brake/turn/accessories 10amp fuse when stopped with the brake on and signaling a turn. Stepping up to a 'brighter' H4 Halogen won't hurt as long as you haven't also added extra running/passing/flood lights to the headlight wires. Just read the package and try to keep it under 100w of actual power consumed. Many of the 'brighter' bulbs are still 60 or 65 watts and just use gas/filament hacks to get a whiter color.

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I concur, it if starts up regularly with no issue the battery is good.
The easy test is to charge the battery with a tender and then let it sit for 24 hours. If the bike cranks easily its good.
H4 Halogen 60w/55w draws about 6.5 amps through the 10amp headlight fuse, the turn signals and tail light draw up to 7amps through the horn/tail/brake/turn/accessories 10amp fuse when stopped with the brake on and signaling a turn. Stepping up to a 'brighter' H4 Halogen won't hurt as long as you haven't also added extra running/passing/flood lights to the headlight wires. Just read the package and try to keep it under 100w of actual power consumed. Many of the 'brighter' bulbs are still 60 or 65 watts and just use gas/filament hacks to get a whiter color.
Thanks! I purchased this and it should be arriving today! https://www.amazon.com/BEAMTECH-Head...2JHMTN7YXMXRK3

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-31-2019, 09:04 AM
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The Beamtech LED headlight only draws 25w, so you have lots of excess capacity.

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post #17 of 17 Old 02-01-2019, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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I installed the LED light, and it looks amazing!!

Unfortunately another problem happened, but I'll post that in a new thread...

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