Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
A simple battery removal
So, I have been wanting to pull the battery out to do a couple of things and it was a balmy 50 degrees today so I figure today is the day.
I think the manual lists 4 or 5 steps, remove chin fairing, undo cables pop bungee strap and voila.
Not so fast. Battery will not budge. Fut the wok? Gentle rocking, nada, careful prying around the edges, nope, rubber mallet, nothing. Back to the manual. Zoom up details looking for the secret handshake. Not a clue. This thing ought to come.
Backing up a bit, my Handy lift was in my trailer under my Indian when the trailer was stolen. The Queen and I have been somewhat transient during the last year and I haven't yet convinced myself that I want to drop another couple grand so I can lug around another lift table (although after today I'm giving it a lot of thought). So, I have the Cross Country up on my Craftsman jack which suffices but I still end up on my knees on the concrete which I am not a fan of.
Anyway by lunchtime I have dropped the outers of the chin fairing, unbolted the battery box from the frame and hauled the mess out. Battery, she no budge.
Turns out, some prevailing condition that I could give a hoot about cemented the battery to the rubber pads that keep the battery from catching all that vibration. After a session with a putty knife and a few choice words the battery and the battery box were liberated from each other. The rubbers are mostly intact but now carry a mirror image of the missing lettering that peeled off the battery during surgery.
I dunno if this has happened before but it ain't happening to Pop again. I lathered the rubbers with WD before reassembly and expect that will keep things from getting sticky going forward.
Adventures in motorcycling.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry