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#1 glgrumpy OFFLINE  

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Posted June 13, 2015 - 12:35 AM

Have a Sportster, a 2000 model year. Put battery in this spring and road to work once and around a little. Today, it cranked a little slow and when got to the bank, it died! Battery was dead. No push start either. SO, pulled it out again and see a date of June 99 on it. Wow, must have been original battery in that thing!  Guess it earned it's right to die.  $102 later and little more for connector and charger to charge right in frame and was cranking better than ever since I've had it and runs great again. Bike showed 14.3 on charge rate, so guess it's good to go then. Taking that batt out is a PIA, and very little cables and all towards inside of bike.  Was thinking about turning around and have cables to outside to see and work on, but would need longer cables, then the chrome cover goodies wouldn't fit and such, so left as is. What WERE they thinking when designing that set-up?


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 01:51 AM

RIP

Sportster battery

well done all the time!

and now - good bye  weinen.gif  oder so ähnlich...


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 03:24 AM

They were thinking of saving 6 inches of battery cable----If you think that was fun try changing the starter solenoid RELAY switch on a older softtail . when the dealers change them they mount them in a new location , saves them hours of work. 


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:47 AM

Sounds almost as bad as changing the battery in a Chrysler product.


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 07:47 AM

Glad you got good life out of it.
It has been a long standing thought of mine that engineers should be req'd to work on anything they design before they are allowed to sell them.
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 07:52 AM

A lot of these designs from the old days have evolved over the years to accommodate modern electronics, engine control, safety stuff etc. With the same basic amount of space to hold it all it can get cramped for space. If they redesigned the entire bike to make everything more logical and convenient then it wouldn't be the same old sportster design that everybody likes and wants. 


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 08:34 AM

Sounds almost as bad as changing the battery in a Chrysler product.

you must be thinking about an Intrepid huh?  those are a PITA/ 



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Posted June 13, 2015 - 08:35 AM

A lot of these designs from the old days have evolved over the years to accommodate modern electronics, engine control, safety stuff etc. With the same basic amount of space to hold it all it can get cramped for space. If they redesigned the entire bike to make everything more logical and convenient then it wouldn't be the same old sportster design that everybody likes and wants. 

yeah alot of excess needless extra weight. Means they have to bury the common maintenance items to make space for this needless BS.


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 09:16 AM

I have an '88 Sportster which is an earlier version of your bike.  It is a pita to change out the batter.  Later models they moved the batter under the seat which makes it easier to get to.  You could put a longer cable but then you would have a problem with excess cable when the batter is in place.  I agree with Alan the engineers should have to work on their own designs.



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Posted June 13, 2015 - 03:08 PM

They should have kept the kick starter on them , kick it twice to load the cylinders with gas then switch on and one kick to light the fires 


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