Fun day yesterday. On my way to Rhinebeck, 90 miles from home, 50 miles from Rhinebeck. Alone on my 46 Chief, HO generator and perfect regulator. Rt 208 in Maybrook at 55 MPH the friggin battery exploded. Sounded like a shotgun blast, though I lost a cylinder, it was loud!
Pulled over, turned it off and there was almost nothing there. The frog was still sitting on what was left of the black shell, but the whole left side was gone. The Powersonic battery and the shell were in tiny pieces.
Since I had the lights on, NY law, blew the bulbs too. Some kid (?) came by on a Shovelhead and asked if I was OK, I told him I didn't know. Well, 10 minutes later he came back in a Jeep with a low trailer and took me back to his auto repair shop 2 miles away. His boss, ED, ordered all the 6 volt batteries that AutoZone had, which was 1, a VW battery. They gave me wire, duct tape test light and everything I needed to strap that 40 pound battery to the luggage rack. Made it to Rhinebeck on the crappiest looking Chief there, but made it.
These guys were the nicest guys I ever met, saved my behind, and wouldn't take a dime.
Of course, after a couple hours at the Meet, I turned for home, 140 miles. Almost made it, 5 miles away I had to hit a Lowes for 3 flashlights, taped 2 to the fork and 1 on the rack. It was pitch black! Then I saw the battery acid from the non-sealed VW batter all over the fender from bouncing around. Not fun!
Does anyone make a real, lead acid battery for Indians now?
Also, bear with me, ever see an old VW battery? THey used 2 6 volt batteries in series to give 12 volts. Now these new Harley 12 volt batteries, can I take the top off one and break that middle connector, put it in parallel, and have 2 6 volt batteries in 1 shell? Any reason this won't/can't work?
Thanks, no more tiny batteries for me.
Bob Courboin,Beard Machine.