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Offline Speedy

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Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« on: August 31, 2014, 07:38:38 pm »
Your input is appreciated.

I'm considering storing Connie in a self storage facility a fair distance from my home, but a lot closer to good riding roads (my Connie is never used for commuting, just for weekend fun and I can't stand riding in traffic with caged idiots texting, talking on the phone, etc.).  I'm considering this because I'm generally only physically comfortable riding about 3-4 hrs a day.  So if I can cut down the time I spend slabbing my way to the good roads, I can spend that much more time riding on the good roads. 

The offsite location I'm considering does not provide access to power for a battery tender, so I'm curious what the Forum's collective opinion is on how often Connie needs exercise, both from a battery management perspective as well as a general maintenance (circulate the oil and other fluids) perspective.

Thanks to all who participate.  :great:
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2014, 07:48:36 pm »
I take my battery out, it lives on my desk for the winter, and I charge it a few times during over the course of our 11 months of winter here.  :))

As far as circulating oil, if it's not running you don't need oil circulation.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2014, 08:02:39 pm »
I don't mean to sound callous but maybe you need to consider another bike that your more comfy on.  The ergonomics of the concours is certainly not for everyone, especially as you age.  The seating position and the bar position leaves a lot to be desired.  If you float charge the battery you could certainly leave the bike for months before starting. 

Remember that the bike does draw current while just sitting there.

Just my humble opinion-lol

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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2014, 08:12:37 pm »
Does the storage unit you are considering have sun exposure?  Those solar-powered battery tenders do a great job of keeping the battery topped off with only a couple hours of sunlight a day.  I suspect that even exposure to site lighting might get you some charging action.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2014, 09:53:29 pm »
Living in south Florida we ride ALL YEAR long :great:
More so in the fall, winter , spring , since I still have hair , and wear gear...
It gives  you that wet rat look after you take your helmet  off in the summer ,
\I ride in the evening or night summertime.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2014, 01:46:18 am »
Jwh20 - nice tip on the solar powered trickle charger.  $30 to solve that problem is a slam dunk!

Fred-while I appreciate your input, Connie is the girl for me.  I put a ton of thought into the purchase thanks to this forum and I couldn't be happier.  3-4 hrs is about 10 times longer than any of my previous bikes, without looking like a barka lounger on wheels.

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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2014, 02:04:17 am »
Same as cuda except that I ride to work everyday.  The longest she has ever set is three weeks.. no battery problem. :great: :great:
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2014, 06:55:37 am »
I ride her between once to 3 times a week for commuting in summer. Mostly to go to BJJ classes after work.

The longest i have left her was about 2 or 3 weeks. No battery problems.

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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2014, 12:18:31 pm »
Can you not fit a Solar Battery charger somewhere?
A friend uses the Oxford Solariser and it works fine for keeping the battery topped off and in good condition.
He works on oil rigs for weeks at a time and the bike is left parked in secure outdoor parking with a cover over it.
He just puts the Solariser on with a bungee and leaves it like that.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2014, 12:31:30 pm »
In my opinion,  fuel stabilizer should be at the top of your list. With today's ethanol blended fuels, they absorb moisture rapidly and this is just the beginning stage of the problems it will cause.
Due to my employment, I am out of town for 3-4 weeks at a time. Seafood additive is part of the regular diet for both of my bikes, and I can say that it does a excellent job of keeping the gasoline in good condition  for that time frame.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2014, 03:11:26 pm »
Sailorchic,
I have never heard of seafood as an additive for gasoline. Where can I get some?  Will it make my exhaust smell like fresh cooked lobster? Or crab? I don't want it to smell fishy though.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2014, 03:58:25 pm »
In my opinion,  fuel stabilizer should be at the top of your list. With today's ethanol blended fuels, they absorb moisture rapidly and this is just the beginning stage of the problems it will cause.
Due to my employment, I am out of town for 3-4 weeks at a time. Seafood additive is part of the regular diet for both of my bikes, and I can say that it does a excellent job of keeping the gasoline in good condition  for that time frame.

Seafood additive???

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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2014, 04:22:20 pm »
Okay, okay, spell check got me and I'm caught  not proof reading..
So let me correct this...seafoam additive is my choice!
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2014, 04:45:24 pm »
Seafoam is NOT the way to go IMHO, and don't even think about jerking Steve Sefsick's chain on that one.
This is MY choice, and it had taken care of all my equipment for lots of years.

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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2014, 04:58:38 pm »
As I said,  "in my opinion". You have yours as well and I won't discount it because I use a different product.
I stated in my original post, that in my opinion, and this is based on a fact of my riding frequency due to employment. This statement was gathered from my history of success over the past 7 yrs and not having a fuel related issue.
I feel that you're BOLD wording regarding Seafoam as being NOT good was simply unnecessary!  I was under the impression that we were here to share our knowledge of what we know about our bikes, not have a contest about what is better.
I can see the writing on the walls here.  I will retract to simply being a lurker here on this forum, so I won't have to worry about being beat down for offering my knowledge of what  works for me.

Edit; In addition to my above stated "opinion", Blackstone Labs has expressed in my oil analysis reports that Seafoam treatment was a good choice, as it won't have any negative effects on the lubrication properties of my oil.
That alone speaks volumes!
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2014, 01:19:16 pm »
I'll agree with Sailor_chic. I understand that in most posts people are trying show how funny they can be, but to a new member how do they know? What benefit does it bring to beat them down for posting an opinion of what works for them? I believe that is why this board has so many "lurkers"...why post something that might draw ridicule? its not worth it. 

Keep the ridicule and "funny" remarks for people that you KNOW will not care and maybe we will have more participation across the board.

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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2014, 05:26:21 pm »
Let's calm down a bit, Al's advice was just that... advice, his own opinion. The problem with Seafoam is not the oil, but the tips of the float valves, which some people think will swell with prolonged exposure to Seafoam. Probably true of many cleaner additives, but Seafoam is the most popular, and that may be why that trend was spotted.

No one here will ever tell you that you can't use Seafoam, but don't you think Al is entitled to his own opinion? Wouldn't it be irresponsible of someone to withhold that information?
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2014, 05:57:20 pm »
Willy, I can say that you supplied information.  Others simply said NOT without any supplying a reason why.

Regardless, Ill just keep my future thoughts to myself.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2014, 06:19:03 pm »
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Hey bam2169 looks to me like the "Web Master" just smacked you on the back of the head!!!  :)) :D  How dare you try to stand up for a new member and try to be sensitive to their feelings!!!  :nananana: :rotflmao:

Don't sweat these old farts Sailor_chic!!! We welcome your input even if its adverse to the elderly members!  :great: You seem to do a great job typing emotion and most guys here do not care how what they type comes across. Just ignore it. Everyone here are all "good people" from my experience.
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Re: Your Input is Appreciated....Connie Riding Frequency
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2014, 06:25:39 pm »
Why don't you save your money, and just keep it in the garage on a battery tender?  I ride mine to work every day til the rains start.  Here in Oregon, that means it's put up for approx 4 months outa the year.  Unfortunately that is coming up all too soon.
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