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Author Topic: What did you do to your Bolt today?  (Read 412220 times)

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Online DrM

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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3240 on: November 02, 2020, 09:46:17 pm »
I usually get some riding in during winter, but I use the trickle charger if I am off the bike more than a few days, or if it is going to be really cold out.

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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3241 on: November 09, 2020, 02:25:25 pm »
I just put in a xenon bulb I had lying around from my previous yamaha. much brighter ;D

I Just added this <$17 LED light bulb-- I think its worth it... I wouldn't put it in If I still lived in California though-- it has a blue "ring"-- which those ass-hats would find "illegal"... or at least "Probable Cause" ( see pic attached)

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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3242 on: November 10, 2020, 06:44:07 pm »
I Just added this <$17 LED light bulb-- I think its worth it... I wouldn't put it in If I still lived in California though-- it has a blue "ring"-- which those ass-hats would find "illegal"... or at least "Probable Cause" ( see pic attached)
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page 216 i have 2 pictures - bike ON / OFF of RED H4 - LED light bulb, also Amazon at $32 with shipping
mine has a RED Housing which one can see in the photo - matches my RED BOLT - i like it, with bike OFF gives RED reflective color too
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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3243 on: November 16, 2020, 02:38:24 pm »
I've just replaced my drive belt with a genuine Yamaha part. At a little over 87,000k's it was squeaking badly and very noisy. It was an easy job, took less than an hour all up. The original belt is in goood condition, but very glazed looking. There  are no nicks, or chips in the old belt, which is surprising considering where I have ridden my Bolt. I'm still really happy with my bike.
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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3244 on: December 24, 2020, 10:08:41 am »
Hey guys , I put my motorcycle for storage last week in my driveway and today I decided to hook up the battery tender junior 800 on it but when I plugged it in I forgot to select lead acid and left it on lithium ion , the light was flashing green and when I came back was solid .. probably left it on lithium ion for 2 hours ish .. just wondering if that might cause any problems cause I picked the wrong battery type?



I already went back out and selected lead acid **I'm assuming our bikes don't have lithium ion batteries** and it's flashing green now


Thanks guys
Lithium batteries will charge at a much higher rate than a flooded lead-acid battery, but the Bolt uses an AGM lead-acid battery that has all the sulphuric acid bound up in a glass mat which will also take a higher charge rate than a flooded lead-acid battery.  So if you have the OEM battery in the Bolt, then you are likely OK for just two hours.  But try not to do it again, because the lead-acid battery (flooded or AGM) needs a lot more low-amp trickle time (than the Lithium battery) to fully charge -- like all night.  Also, lead-acid batteries need to be trickle charged while in storage, while Lithium batteries generally do not.

Thank you for the reply


My battery tender has lead acid selected for over 24 hours now and light is solid green. Battery tender says I can leave it connected literally forever without causing any damage to the battery of the motorcycle

I was planning on leaving it hooked up til I start riding again in spring


What do you guys do? I know when I stored it at the dealership it was connected to the battery tender for the period of storage



Sup guys it's been little over a month and my tender is still plugged outside and everything looks fine just wanted confirmation I'm not causing any long term damage leaving it plugged in all winter til spring.

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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3245 on: December 24, 2020, 12:40:37 pm »
@Young_makaveli: The damage will come if you don't trickle charge during storage. You are doing the right thing by trickle charging - providing your charger automatically detects the battery charge state and automatically reduces the charge accordingly, which pretty much every battery charger recently made does. 

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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3246 on: December 28, 2020, 02:29:49 pm »
@Young_makaveli: The damage will come if you don't trickle charge during storage. You are doing the right thing by trickle charging - providing your charger automatically detects the battery charge state and automatically reduces the charge accordingly, which pretty much every battery charger recently made does.

Thanks for the reply !

I use a battery tender junior 800 and not sure if it's a trickle charger or not cause to my understanding it charges the battery and maintains the charge during storage and probably doesn't reduce it like you say but im not sure exactly how it works. Like on the tender itself is says "charging/maintenance"

Anyways since it was warmer this week I unplugged it a couple days ago and now I'm about to plug it in again cause weather is going to be under 0⁰ celcius.


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Re: What did you do to your Bolt today?
« Reply #3247 on: February 10, 2021, 01:37:49 pm »
Rode in 65f degree weather on quiet county backroads to a coffee shop for a cappuccino in restored building constructed in 1828. Man it was nice to be on the bike again!!!