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Last night I ordered it some presents.

The battery does not seem to hold a full charge and the bike does not start cleanly, or sometimes, easily. It is around six years, the fuel economy seems down, and I think I may have killed a cell previously. I accidentally dropped something, briefly connecting both terminals causing a spark. It was fine after that, but the current behaviour all point to a bad battery.

And I ordered a Puig 3657F screen. I have always been annoyed by the handler bar mounts on the screen that was installed when I bought it, and they are just getting in the way. The Puig is the only screen I know of that natively mounts on the bike so had long been planning to get it. Then last night I had another look, found one at a good price, so ordered it. It should look better on the bike, though it is shorter so I am not sure if it will be less effective.

I also considered buying a shoulder camera bag as the backpack I bought last year during lockdown does not fit as well in the top box as I expected from the dimensions. It first with nothing else in there, but it is a squeeze.

I also considered buying a power pack as I had long life one I used to use when riding to recharge my Drift camera when stopping. Even with the XL battery pack it dies before I get home on long days out, as it reminded this weekend. But I had no idea where it was so needed a new one.

To ensure the shoulder bag would fit the top box I looked up the listing for the bag I bought before to read the dimensions. It is now twice the price and there has been a change to the strap that made me thing it was a new design. Not least because it has a laptop pocket within the back padding which mine does not have. Does it? Apparently it does! I had no idea it was there, and a black zip on the edge of thick black padding means I was unlikely to see or feel it either. Although I obviously knew about it when I bought the bag as I had loaded it up ready for when Covid ends and I can go riding again. That included storing my power pack in there.

Though I never bought the bag either, as it seemed just a tad too small to be able to take my longest lens.

Hopefully the battery will arrive tomorrow so I can get it installed for the weekend, the screen can wait though. Sadly, though it is a holiday weekend in the U.K., the weather is becoming changeable, with warm-ish sunny days seeing frosty starts again, cloud, and showers. So there may not even be any riding if it is not going to be fun being out.
 

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Thanks very much for your order, we're really sorry these screens have been subject to a delay in coming to the UK, there is no certain ETA & we've been unsuccessful in sourcing one elsewhere for you so we'll obviously process a refund for you.
Grrr, Brexit!
 

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Emailed Louis, the German motorcycle chain, because my order of a Sena bluetooth kit requires a customs and tax charge. The total order was just over £200, and now I owe an extra £63.69, of which £12 is just the fee for paying the fee! Louis said they would cover any charges, otherwise I would not have ordered from them, but still disappointing that they will have to pay extra. As the order included £34.08 in German sales taxes, I guess they should be able to at least reclaim those as it has been exported. Especially annoying is that my area of London voted 79.35% against Brexit, democracy sucks.

Then to the actual bike to install my new battery, which was also a bit frustrating. I guess I see why the Yuasa batteries are so expensive, just for the little bits of plastic inside the terminals that hold the buts at the top of them. My battery had nothing like that, so when I tried to screw the bolt in, with the added ring terminals it could no longer reach the nut. In the end I needed to get some blu-tack to sit under the nut and hold it up. That was good enough for the positive terminal.

However, the negative one still would not screw in, and the bolt even started stripping the nut. This time I think the problem is that the large terminal on Honda's cable was a tad too long, so it was not going down and the bolt was at an angle which is why it was stripping the nut. The Yuasa nut did not fit either, but the (slightly shorter) bolt did so I pulled on the terminal, used that, and was able to screw it in. I think. Applying pressure I was not able to lift it out, so it seems screwed tight, but it does not look like it has gone down as far as it should so I am still worried it might come loose and will need to keep monitoring it.

Part of the problem is Honda requiting the battery be positioned on its side, as the battery terminals give more space the normal way up. But I never tried to see if it would fit that way, as it would then swap the terminal positions, with positive on the left, so it would then be unusable anyway. So overall not as easy as it should have been.

The bike showed 12.4V, which the old one could not, and started on the first press so at least the effort was worthwhile. Now to check if and where I can go this weekend given the poor weather forecast.

(Apparently my battery was actually a Furkawa one, though I never saw any of those listed for independent sale of the two O.E.M. options, only Yuasa)
 

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Thought I would beat the rain this morning and go on a wee ride to Littlehampton, which is south of Northampton, but also south (and more east) of Southampton, yet more little than either. I failed though, one heavier and two minor showers on the way home yet it has been bright all day. Stupid combustion engines.

My new battery has kept its charge, so definitely a much needed replacement, and it kept its terminal connection. However it did not start first time when leaving Littlehampton, so now I am thinking the spark plugs may be a problem. To be honest, I am not sure if they have ever been checked in a long time as they are too fiddly for me to do, being under the tank, and independent services have probably ignored them for the same reason. Stupid bike.

Coming home was also a bit painful on my properly sized-for-the-bike air cushion, so I think I will have to go back to the bigger surely-for-cruisers one that. was listed as compatible but has to bend up at the front and back and hangs over the edges. Stupid cushions.

One very close call today when a car decided to change lane on a slip road not so much in front of me but from beside me. There were inches in it. Also twice had pedestrians run across the road in front of me even though there was no one behind me, so they only needed to wait two seconds. Stupid people.
 

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Decided to go out today knowing I could not beat the rain. I beat the rain. Cloudier later, but this morning was almost like summer but for still wearing winter gear. Also tried using cable ties on my USB heated grips to stop it slipping on the throttle. Not a sustainable plan, but it worked. Apart from the grip constantly failing, which on a motorway early in the morning (to get to the more fun bits) was not nice.

Managed to reposition which helped until they failed on the way home, and now they will not work. At least not on the bike, they do work connected to a power pack or plugged in at home, so the grips seem fine. I tested the bike USBs by connecting the charging port of the power pack and they work. So it seems the problem is the combination, and I wonder if they are drawing too much power.

I had the idea of using the USB plug in the 12V socket, and that just smoked and did not turn on. Eek. But the plug does still work in the top box 12V socket. I had nothing to check the 12V socket part of the USBs, but I am guessing that is what burned out. I have fused it for less than the support current, and a USB plug before anything it attached should draw very little anyway, so all rather disappointing.

My priorities need to be getting someone to check the spark plugs, then finding a permanent solution for the grips, as they are still needed.
 
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