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    Hi all, the Dakar failed her MOT the other day, fork seals leaking. Fortunately Allan Jefferies BMW were able to fit me in quickly and in she goes on Wednesday for some new ones. Typically, I went to fire her up this AM and the battery's flat. The Ctek trickle charger gives it a boost, enough to fire her up, but if I switch her off there's not enough power to re-start. Great.
    So, I've just ordered a Li one from Motorworks, £107 inc VAT and next day delivery. Anybody got one? I'm guessing they must be good, everything else I've had from Motorworks over the years has been excellent. The dimensions are the same as the one that's on, do they need to be kept on a trickle charger? They weigh one fifth of the weight of a lead-acid one, so that's a step in the right direction.

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    Just been reading some of the other stuff on here re. Li batteries, DPD are bringing it tomorrow, ww'll see how it goes.

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    I’ve had an Li battery on my Dakar for a few years without issue. The one I have has a built in balance charger so each cell gets charged correctly. Also bear in mind you’ll need a charger that can cope with Li if topping it up. In the really cold it helps to leave the ignition on for a few seconds to warm the battery up before trying to start.

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    Read the instruction very carefully.
    Even some of the latest batteries with internal charge control circuitry which claim that they can be charged with almost any charger, except the auto type in almost universal use today, still need a special expensive charger to recover a flattened battery.
    So no jump/bump starts, and they tend to explode if you get wrong, not burn out the R/R!

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    Other news, I took 16 kilos of assorted stuff off the bike a few weeks ago, with the weight saving of the new battery it'll be nearly 20 kilos lighter IMG_0398.jpg

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    With the chain guard off you probably want to remove the passenger pegs too.Might not be legal either.
    And with the front mud guard off pray you never have to ride in the rain or mud, shouldn't be a problem with a Dakari n Yorkshire?

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    Hi, I've fitted the Rugged Roads' chainguard and rear ABS sensor guard from Motorworks to replace the OEM onepiece, and the front mudguard has a fender-extender which should keep some of the water and crap off the front. To be honest, I've reached the stage where I take more stuff off than I put on to motorcycles nowadays. Less weight, less to clean around and less to go wrong. Probably due to the years of Harleys and GS12's that weighed a ton and took forever to clean

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    How did you get on with your Lithium battery....I want to replace my Lead acid one. Any issues? I read a lot of 'Oh they're a nightmare' threads. Whats your experience?


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