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Re: Battery education
- Subject: Re: Battery education
- From: tccox@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 12:36:17 +0000
Never a British car but had several British motorcycles in my younger days.
68 BSA 250 Starfire
71 BSA Rocket III
68 Triumph TR6R
71 Norton Commando
Funny thing is that ALL my British bikes were among relible and troublefree
motorcycles I've ever owned, certainly the equal of any BMW I've had. In
fact when I was 16 I spent a good part of one summer touring the USA on that
little 250 BSA and that bike never let me down. I think the key to my luck
with British bikes was having the good fortune to live next to the best
British bike mechanic in the USA who taught me the proper way to maintain
them. Funny thing is folks talk about Lucus electrics but in 35 years of
riding I've been stranded three times by electrical failures, twice on
Hondas , once on a Kawasaki......
2002 BMW R1150RA, "Bertha II"
> I never had a British car nor a British bike, some day I'll do something
> about that.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Karl Johnson" <karljohnson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <oilheads@xxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 11:47 PM
> Subject: Re: Battery education
> > Hi Bob,
> > You must not have worked on a '60 Austin Healy. On mine the battery is
> > not only located on the opposite side from the starter, it's located
> > way back in the trunk...about as far away from the straight line 6 as
> > it can get. I'd chalk it up to English design and Lucas electronics...
> > Karl
> > '94 R11RS
> > On Wednesday, December 17, 2003, at 09:23 PM, Robert Silas wrote:
> > > The VW Beatle's battery was also located behind the seat but the
> > > engine was
> > > at the back so the battery cable to the starter was as short as
> > > possible to
> > > minimize power loss. In general, at least on cars I worked on for the
> > > last
> > > 40 years, the battery is always located on the same side where the
> > > starter
> > > is, as close to it as possible. On my 1968 Dodge Van the battery was
> > > behind
> > > the passenger seat, because the engine was between the driver and the
> > > passenger.
> > > Bob Silas