I picked a couple of new things from Aldi this week to keep me busy while I wait for a replacement chain and sprocket set for Sylvie.
While the faithful old trickle charger has served me well over the last few years, the fact that it’s switched to trickle mode hasn’t always been an accurate indicator of a battery that’s ready for use. With Scarlet’s battery on it over the last week, I decided to switch the charger over to Erica to help with the electrical troubleshooting.
Here’s a better view of the new charger.
Some assembly was required,
No tools were needed to put it together, so assembly only took about a minute.
The clamps seemed fairly sturdy and the colour-coded connector and nuts were a nice touch.
After following the instructions to make sure the new charger was in motorcycle mode and checking Scarlet’s battery, the new charger indicated that Scarlet’s battery was in fact charged.
In addition to the bright green LED, the outer box of the the battery symbol flashes to indicate a fully charged battery.
I decided to try the new charger on Erica, as the trickle charger was on slow charge mode. It shows 12.2 Volts but the electronics were clever enough in motorcycle mode to show that this battery still needed more charging.
The clamps were a little trickier to connect to a motorcycle battery still installed on a bike but held quite securely once positioned correctly.
After a few minutes, the voltage had increased slightly. I’ll see how this battery goes over the next week or so.
I turned on Scarlet’s ignition but no lights were working, so I started her up and found she started easily but stalled without choke and was dumping fuel fairly quickly. In order to confirm the source of the fuel, I moved Scarlet out onto some scrap cardboard on the lawn.
Sure enough, after running the motor for a few minutes a puddle started to form.
You can see exactly how fast it was coming out in the video below.
There was quite the puddle of fuel after only a short run.
After investigation, I confirmed the fuel was coming from the fuel hose at the bottom of the carburetor. Time for a rebuild or to swap out the one on Erica, it seems…
I also noticed the spring that connects the brake pedal to the brake light switch had come off, so I decided to fix that. The first thing I noticed was that the switch was sitting way too high up.
I lowered the switch as far as it would go, then reconnected the spring.
Then I adjusted the switch height and tested it by pushing down the brake pedal with my hand and checking the switch was pulled down as expected.
I took the opportunity to get a nice photo of Scarlet from the right before putting her away.
I moved the cardboard into the shed before putting Scarlet back, so I can hopefully catch any further spills before they hit the floor.
I decided to test the scratch removal kit on Ericas spare tank (the black one). I wasn’t expecting miracles from it, as it”s only really intended for minor scratch removal.
Here’s how the tank looked before using the scratch remover.
And here’s how it looked after.
To be honest, it just looks a bit more polished! I haven’t given up on it completely though, I’ll see how it goes on the minor scratches on Sylvie’s tank at some stage.
Next entry will be fitting Sylvie’s new chain and sprockets.
Providing there are no problems with Erica’s carburetor, I’ll probably do another CB250RS carburetor swap and/or rebuild shortly after that before returning to electrical fault-finding.