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I carry a 4mm ball driver in my tank bag and can be at the battery faster than you can spit.
Yep, 2 screws and 2 push rivets and I'm at the battery. I don't get it.
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Yep, 2 screws and 2 push rivets and I'm at the battery. I don't get it.
If I looked at a bike for sale and saw the battery had been relocated I wouldn't walk away, I'd be running.
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If I looked at a bike for sale and saw the battery had been relocated I wouldn't walk away, I'd be running.
Interesting, and what makes the world go around.
From my perspective, I had to try the relocate idea because when I brought the FJR home I just couldn't believe the battery was forward and high. Seemed an afterthought, like "Crap, we gotta fit the battery in somewhere."
As I started to add Battery Tender and vest wiring, trying to route it down to the seat or stuff it in around the battery I was even less impressed. Read about different wiring blocks that FJR owners put under the seat, read about fuse doohickies...might still need those if I add lighting or etc, but now my needs are met with lots of room.
Last thought: Because this FJR is a keeper, I had to try moving the battery. I mean, what if someone saw that my bike had a battery mounted far from the center of mass????
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Interesting, and what makes the world go around.
From my perspective, I had to try the relocate idea because when I brought the FJR home I just couldn't believe the battery was forward and high. Seemed an afterthought, like "Crap, we gotta fit the battery in somewhere."
As I started to add Battery Tender and vest wiring, trying to route it down to the seat or stuff it in around the battery I was even less impressed. Read about different wiring blocks that FJR owners put under the seat, read about fuse doohickies...might still need those if I add lighting or etc, but now my needs are met with lots of room.
Last thought: Because this FJR is a keeper, I had to try moving the battery. I mean, what if someone saw that my bike had a battery mounted far from the center of mass????
My personal preference would be a second glove box and the battery under the seat.

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that location is directly on top of CPU....do you really want that 10# weight on there ? not to mention if it ever leaks ...?
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that location is directly on top of CPU....do you really want that 10# weight on there ? not to mention if it ever leaks ...?
ECU but good point.

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that location is directly on top of CPU....do you really want that 10# weight on there ? not to mention if it ever leaks ...?
Good point, and thought of it but noticed that the ECU has nothing underneath it, so weight in the storage tray would not rest on the ECU, but simply move it lower. I could not see any deflection in the storage tray from the weight of the battery...and that was with the thicker/heavier FZ1 battery.

The leak risk is real but the manufacturers trust the batteries in this location, plus the storage tray is plastic so has a good chance of containing the acid without much damage.

I do miss fiddling with the battery in the stock location, trying to get the screws out, the little floppy vertical arm released as my fingers risk getting cut by all the sharp edges while I finagle the battery out without dropping something on the painted fairing surface .5mm away while the cables catch on the edges of the slick battery case that threatens to slip or pull my wrist tendons loose in my skinny-little arms that are barely able to pull that heavy battery from that ridiculous location.
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Keep asking the questions, too get more opinion / idea / knowledge / perspective .. for instance, relating to this situation, I once went on a charity ride for cancer about 10 years ago , specifically prostrate and colon cancer in men. The organizers were very grateful about our participation , as , at that time anyway motorcycle riders had a slightly higher , or more than slightly higher risk than the general population. The real question was why, and while there may be a infinite number of reasons , one possible theory floated at the time was a possible connection to sitting directory above the battery , for long periods of time , not my theory, but it was out there . I never did hear or read any more about this, but also honestly never did look.
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AGM batteries have regular sulfuric acid in them and are NOT designed to be resting on their "wide sides". As the AIR bubble is not in the optimum spot. Lithium and or GEL battery is better for this.

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