Well My rotor will be here in Iowa Tuesday,(as i said thanks for the contact), Gary was very helpful. Ok is there any tips or things i should look out for on removal or instalation, I don't whant to damage the core or the replacement rotor. On a differnt note how far can one ride on battary charge asuming that I kick start it and not use the head light? My wife would like to ride it to her brothers this weekend( her bike ) so he can set and sync the carbs.
Post by pamcopete on Sept 17, 2008 18:35:21 GMT -5
Well, your next problem will be how to loosen and tighten the rotor nut. I sat on my bike in second gear with the brakes on and reached down with a long handled 17 mm ratchet. Did the same to reinstall with a torque wrench.
If you start out with a fully charged (12.6Volts) NEW battery rated at 14AH, the ignition system draws about 3 Amps, so the battery voltage will be down to 10.5 volts in about 4 hours, not counting the drain from the tail/ brake light. If you are in traffic and using the brake a lot, I would subtract 1 hour from that, so 3 hours.
If you have a TCI ignition system ('80 to '83), then it does not like to work below about 9 volts. Points will work all the way down to 6 volts, so if you feel lucky, you might be able to add that hour back in for 4 hours.
Being as the alternator doesn't work anyway, be sure to disconnect the regulator, because it draws as much current as the ignition, which would take you back to about 2 hours with the regulator "working".
Be sure to take a battery charger with you and stay overnight so you can properly recharge the battery at no more than 2 amps. Trying to charge it faster will not yield the same results, so you may not make it home!
And remember....these WAG's are based on a brand new battery, kick start only and no headlight.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2008 18:43:31 GMT -5 by pamcopete
Thanks, I should be fine as im only about 1 hr away and all open road. I thought I would be ok as back in my racing days no-one ran a alt and had no issue running all night. I will load up the charger in my bike and take a chance ( not much good riding weather left in Iowa ) and the wife just got through the ABATE course to get her license and is dying to try it out. Battary was new last year. Well if I end up pushing I will at least give everyone here a laugh.
Made it, no pushing !!! Bike ran pretty crappy on the way up but fine on the way back, after carbs set. The only problem I ran into is the cluth lever is kinda angeled out and my wifes hands are to small to reach it. I looked on mike's site and the 71-74 clutch handels apear strighter and was hoping they would interchange, any idea?
Post by pamcopete on Sept 24, 2008 20:41:07 GMT -5
My wife had the same problem on her '08 250 Virago. I had one of mikes levers and installed it on her bike, but it didn't help much. I understand that Honda has clutch and brake levers made specifically for this problem, but she sold the bike before I could check it out.
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2008 20:42:02 GMT -5 by pamcopete
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