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  1. Pauljp

    Pauljp Well-Known Member

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    Excellent write up @Motorbikerx, really glad you got her all fixed.
    Experience is priceless. I bet you will never forget this.
    Till the wheels fall off mate.
     
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    Oh mate, I get a hard-on every time I ride this rocket!
    That might explain it!
     
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    For Sure....in the words of that nutty professor from TV "why is it so?"
    Surely we must have some theories?

    Or simply "it is"...."it happens"
    "Accept it and check fkr!"

    Only theory I can expound is our magnificent machines develop a truly unique harmonic (vibration,if ya wanna get crude:biggrin:)
    Harmonic is more than mere vibration, ....Hoglys don't loosen battery terminals...and they're the kings of shake.
    Trumpys and XS650s don't ,
    though bits fall off them if not loctited or safety wired.

    Victory's have a harmonic resonance unique to themselves....sorta make us feel Special hey!

    that's my theory...what's yours?
    :banghead::bigpop:
     
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    I get to 2000 rpm on my tractor and the hinge pins to the front-end loader spin like crazy...
     
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    Possibly heat ? Expand and contract type kind of theory ? The battery is behind a solid plastic shield only vented above. The exhaust pipe runs close to the battery and then there’s the engine with the stator right behind it. I use a lock washer and wrench tight.
     
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    So did I .....9 months ago
    (might be my oil!)...hehe
     
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    Only if it’s seeping from the cylinders and landing on the terminals.
     
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    Need some electrically conductive loctite.

    Never had mine loosen on my XCT but don't tell by bike that.
     
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    My theory is the battery terminals are made of a very soft metal, like a lead alloy. They compress/squish.
    You tighten the bolt all you want, the terminal will change shape and the bolt is now loose.
    At least that is what the voices in my head are telling me.
     
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    Paul, I noticed you have sold your Triumph. Am looking forward to checking out your videos . Will you be replacing it or just sticking with your CC Tour.
     
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    How ironic!...how many times do we advise people to check terminals?
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    Glad you got it fixed. A surprising cause, I'm gonna have to go back to the wiring diagram and map out the earthing runs of cable.
    My suggested troubleshooting process would not have picked that up, as it concentrated on where the active cables went after the ignition switch.
    Are you using a Motobat, with the stainless steel terminal bolts? Maybe swapping those out for the softer Yuasa style bolts might slow down the loosening. Or a small dab of grinding paste on the bolts during assembly.
    Interesting post, as always.
     
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    A guy in Florida saw my Triumph videos and knew that it was in mint condition and made me an offer for it, sight unseen. I originally kept the 2 bikes for a few years but found I wasn't riding the Triumph much anymore so decided to get a good amount of money for it. He paid everything, customs, transport, paperwork. It was my first time selling a motorized vehicle between countries. Anyway, I plan on sticking with just the Victory for now.
     
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    I've been eyeing a 1200cc Bonneville lately but doubt I will pull the trigger right now anyway but am going to check your videos out first chance for maintenance info. Love my Magnum as does my Buddy his CC tour Both of us have noticed our slow speed driving needs improvement as we both are no longer comfortable with two up riding at slow speeds on these heavy bikes with the passenger sitting up high. Was never an issue on the lighter bikes I've owned. Put a backrest on the Magnum this year to take my daughter for a few rides but have not done so yet. You quite comfortable in your two up excursions?
     
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    I don't have any children, and the wife tried sitting on the back a few times but never really got into it. She always tried to fool me though, whenever she started a sentence with "Let's take the bike and..." I knew it was going to cost me either a fancy meal or a precious stone. After a while I would jokingly tell her that I couldn't afford to keep taking her for rides on the bike. Now she doesn't go anymore and I have a bit more money for gas and going 100 miles for french fries.

    But your question about 2 up. I always rode extremely cautiously while she was on the back as she can't dive off the bike as fast as I can if anything were to happen. It's amazing how different you ride when you're solo than 2 up. Or at least it was for me as she was not very comfortable on it. These days I am always riding solo and my riding buddies are not retired yet as I am, so I am a lone wolf on the road.
     
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    UPDATE....
    I got an automated "Rate our breakdown service" email a few days ago , in my own words I rated it ABYSMAL and 1 on a 1 to 10 rating
    10 being the highest.
    Rated phone people a low 1
    and the tow truck driver Excellent 10.
    Not surprisingly got a phone call two days ago with apologies and attempts at explanations which failed to move me....the person asked for me forgiveness!
    I gave him the old line" God forgives,
    I don't, have a word with him!"
    Not too harsh given the circumstances I thought....

    Yesterday another call from someone higher up, an underwriter, whatever they are...
    Said he had reviewed what happened, pinpointed the points of error on their part and was making moves to change and educate.
    He didn't ask for forgiveness, that sat well with me, he did ask what they could do to pacify me(not his exact words), put things right, you get the drift....
    I said the insured value of my Kingpin needs to be adjusted up to reflect costs if repair or replacement should theft or damage occur.
    He recognized the uniqueness of the bike and lifted insured value from 14K to 20 K , with no increase in premium costs(what I pay).
    He informed me I'm on VIP status with them as I have 3 classic cars and 2 valuable motorcycles fully comprehensively covered and my Forester daily driver covered for damaging others.
    I'm now willing to let the incident slide into the past .
    and between you and me, I reckon I'll be checking battery terminals at every oil change!
     
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