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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by afstruct, May 4, 2018.

  1. VS 5.0

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    In fact, I'm off to work right now on my 02 Deuce that i have had sine 09.
    It's done safely 300 passes down the drag strip, yet still sedate enough for commuting. (1550cc, best of 12.03@108)
     
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    So do I. Seeing those few photos ( first decent close up ones I've got)and videos I took on the weekend helped remind me why I got it , oh and using helped too.
    Sounds great
     
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    So, didn't work out so great. Had to jump it to get to work, tested battery etc (116cca) and recharged.
    Still had to jump it to get home.
    Battery tender o/night. Started no worries the next day, checked at lunch, started fine. Finished work - no go.
    Good thing I work for H-D, bought a battery off the shelf (probably 440cca) and rode home.
    Not what i was expecting this week.
    Battery lasted 5years 3months 10days.
     
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    I'm on my third although I think I got a little unlucky with the last one and it died early (think it might have dropped a cell).
    That was Christmas 2016, packed for trip, only just started, went to misses place stayed the night, next morning literally only just started it, thought bit strange but I'm doing 750-800 km. Got to mums no worries . Started it the day before I was heading back home, started no worries, next day no go. Finally got it jump started, left it running for 15 minutes , it stopped and started no worries, so went and packed, no start again .
    Eventually got my sister to run me up to Harley dealer in Toowoomba , by the time we got back just decided to stay another night and left the following day.
     
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    When my bike had the need for a battery I went through two Yuasa's within six months.. I changed to a Long which was some unknown brand and it was good for years even though at times it sat around for a few months unused.
     
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    Yeah ,I throw it on the trickle charger , not all the time but quite alot if it's not being used.
     
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    Yeah, trickle chargers are great.
    Think mine dropped a cell. AGM batterys shouldn't make noise, but mine was almost a maraca when i'd shake it.
     
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    Yeah, you really do need them, sadly didn't use once from about may last year until March this year ( apart from taking down to mechanics to get pink slip for rego).
    Just always side tracked with other things to do on days off and spent from about August to March on afternoon shift and wasn't interested in the little bit of hassle ( much more convenient using 4 wheels ) when your going home at midnight .
    I'm keen to use bikes quite a bit more now I'm back on day shift , (hopefully that resolve will stay when winter really does arrive, which is ment to be this weekend).
    It helps when they use less than half the fuel of the V8s and it's legal to lane split, so a little less frustrating.
    Hopefully it'll give me a chance to clean up the maloo a bit more, but no more shift penalties and overtime's died so we'll just have to see how I go.

    What have you done if anything ( guessing something) to your deuce?
     
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    Hi
    Whats a deuce?
     
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    Missed your note earlier, but they shouldn't take much cranking to start unless the battery is low (or tune is bad). When I put my new battery in it started so fast the first time I would swear it started before I pressed the button.

    In the early 80's H-D released the 'softail' frame which looks like a hardtail but has suspension hidden underneath the transmission. In 2000 they released the 88B twin-cam motor and also a new softail model called DEUCE. It has smoother front forks, hidden fender mounting hardware front and rear, stretched tank, straight cut rear fender, the widest rear tyre available on any model, and the new bullet turnsignals that eventually found there way to most all other models up to this day. Basically a factory custom and dripping in chrome.

    As per all softails they were 1450cc 5spd. Except the 03 and 04 CVO deuce's who got a factory 1550kit.
    In 2007 the deuce (like all other softails) got 96" and 6spd. But that was the last year of the Deuce, as other models had caught up, and it wasn't really the standout it started as.
    Equivalent to the breakout model of recent years as the most 'showy' model.

     
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    Interesting vid, my RD does the same unless you lean over the tank and keep the weight on the front wheel if you're nailing it to get a fast start. I'd think you lose a few races if your front wheel keeps leaving the ground??
     
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    Thanks for that.
    During the eighties Harleys were renowned for leaving oil stains wherever parked, except when the Japanese where making the cases. So no oil leaks anymore?
     
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    Winter has really started to hit today , still a beautifu dayl ,if slightly cooler day but now evening= a whole lot colder.
    All this has made me remember back in late 90s ( yammy TRX 850 ( my second new bike))
    Even though I had at the time, a HQ one tonner ,still elected to at in the middle of winter get up at 1.30 in the morning for a 2.10 leave for a 3.00 am start take the yammy.
    Got pulled over by a very polite copper ( for a breath test ) ( I was not happy having to take stuff off or being disrupted ),don't know whether I was all over the lane or he just thought I was nuts for being on a being on a bike at that time of night/ morning and year . Ok it's not Europe but it's what your use to ( still dam cold )
    Hopefully Monday I'll remember this and take the Suzuki to work, ha ha ha. )
     
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    When the RD 400 was on the road cold nights were the bomb. Being an air-cooled 2 stroke it makes an extra 4 or 5hp when you cold air and a cooler engine.
     
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    Offset by the chattering of your teeth ha ha ha.
    And youd already be coping the cold change that I'm only just starting to feel. ( made worse by the extended heat ( we new this was going to happen))
    To be honest where I am located the biggest challenge is mental( compared to where you are or in Europe) and maybe needing heated grips ( which I've thought of getting for the Suzuki the last couple of years .
    Guess what I'm shopping for tomorrow (if I have any sense).
     
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    Yeah boss had heated grips on his DL650 when he had it. Man when I used to ride on the road best I had was thick gloves, a flanny under my leather jacket and a skung over the top, orr and a balaklava. Not even a faring, bike was too old for that....
     
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    I'm soo loving using the bikes again, so want to continue that, not just for smaller fuel bills but enjoyment especially on the trip home in the arvo .
    The challenge is the morning starts even though colder and less traffic.
    Yesterday on way home I just new this guy was going to move over on me so was prepared but layed on the horn anyway , didn't stop him moving over though and when he s fully in my lane he waives sorry (bit late now don't you think)
    I do think was sorry got past him and didn't come near me again.
    Not like some ( how do idiot tradesmen in work utes think they're anywhere near the acceleration power of a bike!!.).
     
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