Search Messages

 
Author:
Search Start Date:
Search End Date:
Sort Order
Sources to include:
OR Message ID:
 

Display Mesage #93927


Thanks and next questions
Written by douglasvanb on 6/9/2010 at 07:59 am

There used to be a kit that Honda sold to put a light in the trunk. When I
checked with my local dealer several months ago they indicated that the kit
hadn't been available in the Hondaline network for a long, long time. Check
with your dealer though. You never know when one might be found on a dusty back
room shelf.

I've read of other people on the IPCRC putting those stick-on self-contained
lights that you press on/off. The issue of light in the trunk is one that I
still haven't addressed myself but one that I want to tackle this fall. I'm
torn about going with something wired into the bike's battery versus something
self-contained. Both have their benefits and drawbacks.

I can't speak to why people don't ride in the summer as I haven't been in
particularly hot weather with my PC yet. In the winter I've ridden in 20 degree
weather without problem (watch for ice!) and I know others on here ride in
colder conditions. In those situations it's all about heated riding gear and
good wind protection. It is probably the same situation but reversed for hot
summer riding.

Cheers!

Douglas

--- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, Karen Boehler <karen_boehler@...> wrote:
>
> You guys are da bomb!
>
> After reading through all your posts today, I ordered a barender (two of us
will get to see how it works) AND the small PacSafe (found that on sale.) I
didn't know either of those existed (all my prior bikes have always had some
kind of helmet locks) and the PacSafe will be portable to other bikes, camping,
etc.
>
> And since one of my bar ends was missing, that will work perfect.
>
> For those of you who seemed horrified I might drill into the T Dragon =8^O,
the reason I came up with that idea is the first day I rode him, it was to the
AspenCash rally, and there was a really nice Gold Wing in the lot with kitchen
hardware on it. It matched and looked good, so I thought why not?
>
> But these are much safer, so again, thanks for the advice.
>
> One other thing I forgot to mention yesterday.
>
> I am another one of those who has a GL500.
>
> I'm going to keep Grendal for my around-town bike (I figure he's good for
200K) and use the T DRagon for longer trips.
>
> Now I've just got to figure out what to do with with my 171K Kawasaki
Concours. (Anyone looking for a parts bike?)
>
> I love the idea of shutting off the gas and cruising into a mini mart or the
like. (A mini mart was where I got one compliment.) You guys do have a sense of
humor. (Something that was quite a bit missing on my Concours list.)
>
> I stopped by my mechanic today (he's two miles from my house and I really like
these guys) and as soon as he gets done replacing the final drive in Grendal,
I'm going to drop the T Dragon off for a once over. (Just to make sure the PO
didn't leave me any other surprises.)
>
> Since I don't do ANY work myself (I'm just NOT mechanical ??" please don't me
mean to me like other lists were), I'm going to have him install an accessory
plug as well as do the fuel gauge adjustment. (That REALLY is making me nervous.
First bike without a reserve, and the gauge doesn't read right. :-( )
>
> So, I've printed out the "How to adjust the fuel gauge reading" from the
files. That's for an '89. Is it the same for my '95 and is there anything else I
need to give him?
>
> Also, I've notice two places to mount the accessory plug: in the left-side
glove box or under the passenger footpeg. Is one preferred over the other? Is
one easier to do? (I don't have a lot of $$$$, but do want to get the PC set up
to my liking.)
>
> Now, I'm hoping there's something I can do.
>
> I live in the country where it's VERY dark with no garage. (All my bikes live
outside.) The biggest problem I'm having at night is seeing into the trunk. Has
anyone come up with a way of lighting the trunk? (I'm think of sticking one of
those battery-operated "hit it and it comes on" lights on the to inside.) Any
other suggestions? (Other than carrying my flashlight with me?)
>
> Oh, and I've read of some people who don't ride their PCs in the summer heat.
Why? We've had record 108-110 degrees and I'm still riding! The only thing I'm a
mite concerned about is when in city (such as Roswell is "city") traffic, the
heat gauge goes up ALMOST to the red line. (Not quite, it doesn't tough it, but
comes close.)
>
> The fan does come on and when I get going fast or stop, it comes right down.
>
> Also, I've been reading about the noise from the BACK of the PC, but when the
fan is on, I get a high-pitched whistling noise that sounds like it's coming
from the fan. (It stops when it comes off.)
>
> The Connie supposedly from the fuel tank (mine never did) but it was
considered a "feature." Is that the same with the whistling?
>
> OK. Enough for now. One question leads to another and I don't want to bore you
with any more right now. I do promise pics soon.
>
> KAB
> Roswell, NM
>
> ?Never underestimate the power of blind faith. It can manifest in ways that
bend the laws of physics or break them entirely.? "True Blood," Aug. 30, 2009
>

Message Thread for message #93927

motorcyclema...
6/9/2010, 04:48 am
Thanks and next questions
You guys are da bomb! After reading through all your posts today, I ordered a barender (two of us will get to see how it works) AND the small PacSafe (found that on sale.) I didn't know either of those existed (all my prior bikes have alw

    douglasvanb
    6/9/2010, 07:59 am
    Thanks and next questions
    There used to be a kit that Honda sold to put a light in the trunk. When I checked with my local dealer several months ago they indicated that the kit hadn't been available in the Hondaline network for a long, long time. Check with your deale

    alfr4d
    6/9/2010, 10:09 am
    Thanks and next questions
    Thank you Karen, The answering overnight thing is due to the globe's rotation. We still like the bomb statement. Do leave the foot-peg just as it is. The glove-box is much more fit for a switch, or two, in the future. My plug for 12 Vo

    actual_revill
    6/9/2010, 01:40 pm
    Thanks and next questions
    Honda used to offer a trunk light kit. It was a bit of a pain to install, and mine never worked all that well. Usually one or the other light worked, rarely both but it really helped on a dark night. Then the switch broke and ran my battery d

    swiftly1...
    6/9/2010, 04:11 pm
    Thanks and next questions
    Had the Hondaline trunk kit on my '89. Sold it. Bought the 2 lights only( P/N 34251-MG9-951), a mercury switch for a car hood light and did a little wiring. Works nicely. Dick

    mkjeep2000
    6/9/2010, 05:08 pm
    Thanks and next questions
    Be careful when parking on a hill. If the mercury ball settles when you are on a slant, you may inadvertantly turn on your trunk lights and drain your battery! -Mike ----- Original Message ----- From: Dick MacInnes To:

      swiftly1...
      6/10/2010, 12:02 am
      Thanks and next questions
      I'm a lot older than you and know better. Recently stopped and helped pick up a Sheriffs officers BMW that he had parked in the wrong place. Dick

    jwswingle
    6/9/2010, 05:31 pm
    Thanks and next questions
    Karen, The trunk lighting has as many solutions as you could imagine. A "tap light" would work, and I bet there are now LED versions so the batteries could last longer. There are OEM, or just about OEM, mercury switched lights o

      emmettmarrone
      6/12/2010, 05:58 pm
      Thanks and next questions
      Karen, I use the tap lights, open trunk tap light-no problem BUT--place them on the end of the trunk, the back vertical wall and when the top is up they will shine down into the bottom , one on each side. ----- Original Message ----- Fr

    lcshepp
    6/10/2010, 04:46 am
    Thanks and next questions
    Hi Karen, I spotted something in the things you were saying: > Oh, and I've read of some people who don't ride their PCs in the > summer heat. Why? We've had record 108-110 degrees and I'm still > riding! The only thing I'