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greenguzzi
Posted 5/13/2006 5:33 PM (#16089 - in reply to #16078)
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I cited an Ozzy site because I live in Australia. But I wonder if I could get it cheaper if I imported it? That would be odd as Piranha are made in Australia!

Originally written by Al Olme on 5/13/2006 8:58 AM

greenguzzi,

Thanks for finding the reference for the right part to make the two battery thing work. That was exactly what I was referring to. Just one thing... the citation was to an Australian website so the $170 price tag seemed a bit on the high side since it was Australian dollars. I think you can find similar products in the US for about half the price (in US dollars).


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greenguzzi
Posted 5/13/2006 5:45 PM (#16090 - in reply to #16079)
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It's not a matter of cost, it's a matter of convenience.

By using two batteries and the Piranha Electronic Battery Isolator (or similar) you can use the second battery to power stuff when you are camping. If you use a deep cycle battery like the Odyssey for the auxillary battery you can run it flat without damaging it. The main battery will still be fresh to start the bike when you leave.

If you use a deep cycle battery for both you may never have to change a battery again.

(BTW, that's Ozzy dollars.)


Originally written by Bob in Wis on 5/13/2006 10:38 AM

For $170 I can buy 6 auto batterys....24 year supply...
just put the one in and forget it.




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Al Olme
Posted 5/14/2006 11:06 PM (#16156 - in reply to #16089)
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gg,

No offense to Australia. I made my post because the original question came from a guy in California and I didn't want to scare him off based on cost. I'm pretty sure that this sort of device is made in a number of different countries including some from the less expensive labor markets in the Pacific rim. A bit of searching could save some money.

BTW, I ordered a bunch of Ural shocks for a group buy from an Australian firm because I could save about 40% on them even after having them shipped to the US. The 'Net has made ordering from Australia no different functionally from ordering from Cleveland for me. I try to support a couple of local sources but I end up needing to mail order most things.
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greenguzzi
Posted 5/14/2006 11:45 PM (#16158 - in reply to #16156)
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G'day,

No offense taken, I just wanted to explain why I cited an Ozzy site.

I also order from overseas when it's cheaper. I'm originally from England (a POM - as they call us here - a LIMEY to the Americans). So I'm a citizen of the world! I just bought an Alternator from Denver CO because it was the only place I could get the item I wanted.

It's odd, but the cheapest BMW parts are from the UK, and the cheapest Guzzi parts are from Holland. Crazy world! Like you say, all made possible by the Internet.

Free trade for all I say (except for our farmers, they need all the breaks they can get!)

The shocks you mentioned would have been Ikons (once known as Koni), good product I hear, hope they worked well on your Ural.

Cheers,

Steven (gg)
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SidecarMike
Posted 5/14/2006 11:54 PM (#16159 - in reply to #16076)
Subject: re: second battery



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Originally written by SidecarMike on 5/13/2006 9:00 AM

It can be done with a Ford starter solenoid. We used to do it all the time with our off-road trucks. I'll try to find my schematic.


This page http://www.globalserve.net/~jrivers/aux-batt.htm explains how we did it, except that we used a 4 wire Ford starter solenoid instead of a relay. Pay particular attention to the wire sizes, as they play a big part in how well it works. The text below the drawings explains it better than I can.

My disclaimer is that we always did this with similar sized batteries, never with a bike one and a car one.

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