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  1. John01XX

    Chain reaction

    sounds like a crock to me, or maybe just blowing off steam!
  2. Received my new AntiGravity Lithium-ion battery with "restart" technology. Came with a notice plus they told me verbally before buying the batter, that the battery arrives with a reduced charge and must be initially charged with an appropriate LIFEPO4 charger. It spent about an hour on my Optimate lithium charger and now shows 13.6 volts. I should have but forgot to read voltage right out of the box. At 360 CCA it spins the XX starter motor crazy fast. Starts instantly. At $179 It better outlast the 18 year old Bird!
  3. According to the manufacture the auto-disconnect is set at 12.4 volts regardless of what draws it down or how fast it is drawn down. Designed specifically to prevent a dead battery from long periods of time with no use. Since lithium batteries have virtually no natural drain-down time after sitting for months when disconnected, the self discharge from the bike is suppose to cause the auto-disconnect to happen and then hold the 12.4 volts indefinitely or for at least a year or so they claim.
  4. Craig, The new Anti-Gravity Restart has a built in circuit that cuts off all output as if battery is disconnected when the voltage drops below 12.4 volts. I spent the extra money on this model for that reason since I don't ride the Bird much these days. It cuts off before it drains down below the level to restart the bike. I am told that the worst thing for a lithium battery to experience is low voltage, below 11 volts. Can be instant death. Unlike an AGM where low voltage deaths can many times be rejuvenated, the Lithium not so much. I believe that is what killed my 5 year old Scorpion. To reset the Anti-Gravity after it has cut-off is simple with a push of a button. Crank it up and ride it a bit to recharge the lithium back up its normal 14+ Volts. Hoping to be the last battery I will ever buy for the Bird.
  5. My Scorpion Lithium has died! Bought in 2013. Discovered that he cost has gone up in the past 5 years according to Battery Stuff, due to tariffs. I paid 139.99 back in 2013 and now they want 169.99. Looking at other options and the new supposed latest and greatest is the "Anti-Gravity Restart". It has a built-in circuit that cuts power to the bike if the battery falls below 12.4 volts. If you forget and leave the key on or have accessories draining on it, the battery will automatically shut down all power output until you press a reset button to turn it back on while it still has plenty of power to start your bike. If your bike has its battery buried somewhere Anti-Gravity offers a key fob button to reset the battery. Cool option but not sure how practical? Cost is 199 for the Anti-gravity. I have found most lithium batteries have a 3 year replacement warranty. I few have 5 year. Edited: Battery Stuff offers the Anti-Gravity for $179.99 and free shipping and no tax. Leaning in that direction. Haven't found any Lithium models under $144.99 for the YTX14S size. For the 35.00 cost difference I will try the "Restart" feature since the Bird does not get out regularly. 360 CCA
  6. So by implication, Axo Striker boots provide good riding protection?
  7. Theses just came up on RevZilla that look decent for daily wear with CE protection. Plus I like Alpinestar. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-sektor-shoes?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Win-Back Disengaged
  8. You are quickly earning the name "Scarecrow" ! Oz is not far away, maybe the wizard will give you a brain!
  9. Sounds to me like you discovered an inside trick to win more races! You should get rid of the oil cooler completely for a reduction in weight and then put her back together and run a few more passes to set some new personal best times ! More trophy's - more wins with your new secret formula!
  10. They come off and go back on easy peasy with a small dab of RTV Silicone. I have had my aluminum frame plugs off and back on a couple times. I was told to be careful about corrosion behind the frame plugs but it has not been a problem in over 10 years now.
  11. So You are the reason I am short the small left one !! 🙂 Yes RTV Silicone
  12. They are a decent fit but yes a dab of silicone has kept my set in place for over 10 years now.
  13. Yea they were selling like hotcakes back in the day! Back then I worked for a large manufacturing plant that gave me free access to CNC machines and robotics. No setup fees or program writing costs plus the aluminum material was very cheap. I made up and sold over 500 pairs of them but the last run of 50 pairs took me over a year to sell out. I no longer work for that company so they are no more 😞 I also made up some cool aluminum frame plugs that also matched the dimpled fairing bolts. I still have a few of them left over except that as a set of four I only have 3 ! I am missing the smaller plug on the left side. If someone has them installed like I do on my bird and loose one, if it is not the left small one I have replacements for the other three! Here is a pic of the partial set of three.
  14. You don't "need" either. The shrooms were designed to protect the side plastics in the case of a tip over or dropped bike while stopped or moving very slowly such as turning in a parking lot. The sliders are designed to protect the plastics in a low side crash. Personally i haven't seen much of an advantage to having frame sliders in the event of a "street" crash. On the track were bike often just slide to a stop is where they are most effective. The Shrooms only provide protection if the bike tips over when stopped or at, pushing the bike speeds. Most track bike have sliders and so it is cool to have them on your street bike. In my experience I have always slipped and dropped my bike at least once trying to back up or stopping on uneven surfaces. I have owned my new FJR over a year now and did drop it once turning around at a park with a spot of soft sand that washed the front tire out from under me! Most people did not want to drill holes in factory plastics for the frame sliders. As a result Jaws created the "Shrooms". Just my opinion.
  15. I use to carry some very cool looking aluminum shrooms that were milled to the same shape and design of the dimpled fairing bolts. Sold out many years ago and never had any more made up due to lack of demand.
  16. You replace the top fairing bolt on the lower plastics with the included hardware on the Shroom.
  17. There should be a little lip cut in that aligns the spacer. Add a small dab of silicone.
  18. Thanks, but I knew that. It has been down for well over a month. I need to make the call and stop paying $39.99 a month for the ecommerce store and just keep it as a static site. I don't sell enough every month to justify the monthly cost. I sell most everything on Amazon now. Doing well over $1000 per month now on Amazon. For BlackBird items I deal with people via PM, email and Paypal invoices and will be adding Google pay as well and dumping the ecommerce expense.
  19. As you mentioned, if you are looking for tip-over protection, there is no real need for frame sliders or cutting holes in the plastics. Many Bird owners install what are referred to as tip-over "Shrooms" verses frame sliders. Check them out here: http://bikebits.us/cbr1100xx-blackbird-products-c14/ I have a pair of the R&G Frame Sliders installed on my 01 Bird. Yes I had to cut the holes and yes they have to be removed to take off the panel. I have had no problem with the spacer falling out when the slider is removed but can be refitted without to much trouble if they do come out.
  20. A quick follow-up and huge big THANK YOU! 2 quarts low! Problem resolved Let the clean up begin and add the for sale sign. He is enjoying his new 2016 RAM 1500 4X4 Crew Cab
  21. Thank you, That would be awesome if that solved it! Checking today
  22. Truck question for a buddy of mine who just bought a new Ram Quad Cab Long Bed truck today. His old 97 Ram 1500 has been beat up pretty good in the construction industry but still runs reliably. The only issue is that the automatic transmission seems to hesitate when first trying to go and then clunks into gear and operates just fine throughout all gears. It only does it a couple times when cold and seems to fix itself when the tranny warms up. Just happens a couple times in the first 10-15 minutes in the mornings after sitting overnight. The transmission was serviced at Dodge about 18-20 months ago and this just started happening in the last month. From a stand still it seems to not want to go into gear initially and then clunks into gear hard. Any wild guesses or experience with a 97 Ram 1500 transmission? V8 motor.
  23. John01XX

    Tire wear

    I stand corrected, I was thinking we were referencing a sport bike with a chain, sorry. The older wings are a beast of their own!
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