Main Motorcycle: 2012 Bonneville SE
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Etiwanda, CA
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given that the thruxton has the 'safety' feature of light on during start up, battery strength is a big issue. i swapped to a better one and its improved significantly. but at some point i'll get an improvised switch on to control that.
The headlight turns off automatically during cranking, that's the function of the starter or headlamp-cut relay.
What can make a difference is the elapsed time between turning the ignition ON and cranking. I often observe people turn the ignition key and then proceed to put on their gloves, fasten helmets, check themselves in the mirror to see how cool they look, fondle girlfriend, etc. During that time the headlamp is fast draining the battery.
This device helps with that:
Also available in the UK:
There were two rubber bumpers that normally are installed on the seat pans jammed in at each forward corner of the battery. It made me do a double-take and check that all the rubber pads were installed on both my seats.
Do they just jam those rubber pads in there to keep the battery from vibrating around in its tray?
I have since pulled those rubber pads and have placed them in my parts drawer...
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