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    Negative battery lead

    I find taking the battery out of the bike a real pain, the negative lead is always in the way, has anyone done anything different here? if so I would be interested to see what has been done

    #2
    I feel your pain. I have been working on both my bikes today and found by pushing the lead underneath the brake reservoir makes easy access for battery in and out then I fish it back with long nosed pliers. Fitted a new rubber cover to one which ripped straight away so I'm not going to bother on the negative side. As long as battery cover is in place I haven't experienced any problems.

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      #3
      Obviously if anyone has come up with a cunning plan I'm all ears.

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        #4
        Lithium batteries are a smaller form factor and that can solve your problem.

        If you were looking for a support group you're barking up the wrong tree. This place is fulla enablers dude. - Shooter77us

        The bitterness of low quality lingers long after the thrill of a low price has gone. - RacerX450

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          #5
          I've never really noticed this was a problem. The only problem I've had is just lifting the battery when there is nothing to hold onto and nothing to grip but the little battery terminals.
          Brian - Richland, WA
          1991 Hawk GT
          1997 VFR

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            #6
            I never run the full sized battery. The bike can get buy with much smaller or lithium as Bob said. So it's not an issue I have.
            Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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              #7
              for lifting, you can fasten a string under the battery terminals into a loop as a handle.
              "It's only getting worse."


              MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

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                #8
                You can also put a strap under the battery before you put it in then lift it up by the strap.

                Of course this solution requires the forethought to have done it before installing the battery so it won't help everyone.

                If you were looking for a support group you're barking up the wrong tree. This place is fulla enablers dude. - Shooter77us

                The bitterness of low quality lingers long after the thrill of a low price has gone. - RacerX450

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                  #9
                  good tips, I'll be swapping the battery this weekend so a strap should go under incase I need to remove it again.

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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by ParcNHawk View Post
                    requires the forethought to have done it before installing the battery so it won't help everyone.
                    What you hunting at here??

                    We can't all live in the future you know....
                    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                      #11
                      Next time you take out the battery, put a strap inder it.

                      Living in the future is easy. You get there inevitably.

                      If you were looking for a support group you're barking up the wrong tree. This place is fulla enablers dude. - Shooter77us

                      The bitterness of low quality lingers long after the thrill of a low price has gone. - RacerX450

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                        #12
                        Hello all.
                        The battery on my Hawk has been dying since I got it. Hopefully my wife is going to start commuting to work in downtown Pittsburgh on it (about 40 miles round trip) and I wanted her to have a good battery.
                        I ordered a replacement lithium ion (NLP9) from NO.CO (I already have their battery tender. The battery seems to be a drag and drop replacement with slightly better specs.
                        The problem that I ran into is that it looked like the rear brake reservoir was in the way. I removed the bolt holding it on and while shimmying the old battery out, I knocked it loose. I toweled up the fluid, before installing the new battery, but the reservoir is not attached to the bike any longer. Is it fine to just reattach it and bleed the brakes, or should I rerun with new hoses and a new reservoir because it's a 30+ year old motorcycle and it knocked loose so easily. I haven't done either of those things on any vehicle before, but I feel fairly confident that I can do it with "adult supervision."
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                        Just for clarification, you guys are "adult supervision."
                        Thanks
                        Josh

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by yorkshire View Post
                          I find taking the battery out of the bike a real pain, the negative lead is always in the way, has anyone done anything different here? if so I would be interested to see what has been done
                          I use a thin strap under the battery Ian, but have to force the terminal out of the way, as Bros Steve said. Never used a lithium battery.

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                            #14
                            You can do a reservior delete.
                            Install a piece of clear or opaque tubing, 7/16 ID IIRC, to act as a reservoir to replace the factory reservior and hose.
                            Use a cap that can be purchased at a hardware store and a hose clamp at either end to hold everything in place.
                            If you need a picture for reference I can provide one and if you can't locate the correct tubing contact me. I have some Tygon opaque yellow tubing somewhere in the garage that will work.
                            Last edited by Ziggy; 05-01-2022, 02:43 PM.
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                              #15
                              This is will do you scupula,give 6 credit for the photo.
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