I think it’s the IU that killed my battery

Arghh! I couldn’t start my motorcycle again this morning! The last time I fired up my Pulsar 200NS was Tuesday – that’s only 5 days ago. Granted, I haven’t been riding much. But still, it was ONLY FIVE DAYS!

Since the last battery death and replacement, I’ve double checked all my additional electrical components, and am ABSOLUTE CERTAIN that, apart from the IU, none of the other additional electrical circuits are powered up when the bike is turned off. I’ve even went so far to remove my remote controlled alarm – which I suspected could be the cause of the battery drain.

5.15V on the battery.
5.15V on the battery.

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I think I killed my motorcycle battery

I had only replaced the battery on my Pulsar 200NS motorcycle 3 months ago – just before I took it on a 2-month tour around SE Asia. My previous battery was about 2 years old and I didn’t want to risk a bad battery on the trip.

But shortly after returning to Singapore, and while performing maintenance on the bike, I had absent-mindedly left the key in the ignition and in the ON position. That severely drained the battery and was left with less than 5V. After an eventful jumpstart, stalling the engine down the road, and a good samaritan assisting in “push starting” my bike using his own motorcycle and his leg, I managed to get to KL and back without incident.

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$2 Touring Seat Air Cushion

Was shopping at Daiso earlier today. Yes – that famous $2 store where everything goes for $2. And I came across this inflatable seat cushion. Thought that it might come in useful for longer motorcycle rides – similar in concept to the AirHawk, only much much cheaper. I’m yet to figure a way to secure it to the seat. But at $2, it won’t be too painful if I lose it. Just make sure I keep it slightly under-inflated.

The $2 air cushion from Daiso.
The $2 air cushion from Daiso.

New rims – Autoglym Bumper and Trim gel

No Sunday ride today as I was feeling a little under the weather. Perhaps due to not sleeping well lately. So, I took the opportunity to do some bike maintenance instead.

After the usual washing and drying, I noticed some black parts of the bike were beginning to look faded. So I whipped out my bottle of Autoglym Bumper and Trim gel and started to apply it on the various matte black areas of the bike – especially the top box and panniers.

Autoglym Bumper and Trim gel. $17.55 from Autobacs on a sale.

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Installing the Yuasa YTX9-BS Battery on Pulsar 200NS

Yes, it was about time I replaced my battery. I bought the Pulsar 200NS pre-owned, and it is now about 3 years old. I am not sure when the battery was last replaced as there was nothing marked on the existing battery. But I do know that on the battery, there is a stamp “140114”, which seem to suggest that it’s manufactured on 14 Jan 2014? So it could have been about 2 years old or so.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 2.44.09 PMThe Yuasa YTX9-BS comes in a standard looking box.

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Oil Level Inspection Window Clear Again!

Yes! The oil level inspection window is clearing up! This is after 2 oil changes. Also, I noticed that the inspection window tends to clear up after a ride – when the engine is warmed, but will return to fog up again when cooled down. So what I did was to open up the oil fill knob every time I park my bike after a ride. This lets the engine-warmed steam to evaporate out through the oil fill hole.

200NS Oil Inspection Window Fog

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Weekend Project #3 – Taming the beast’s roar

I cannot speak with authority, but I’ve read that Indian quality has still yet to catch up with their Japanese counterparts. I’m not speaking about reliability here. I’m referring to the finesse of the ride – or what some might refer to as “refinement”.

Although the encapsulated 23 and a half horses within the bike has always been eager to be unleashed by the twisting right wrist, the fairings and panels on this half-naked machine similarly always seem ready to protest with a rude roar. I would have preferred a gentle purr and a certain level of class, but really, that’s probably too much to expect from a single-cylinder two-wheeler built for the masses Continue reading “Weekend Project #3 – Taming the beast’s roar”

Weekend Project #2 – Storage space upgrade

I’ve got myself a tank bag. In fact, I made this Amazon purchase before I received my Class 2B license, and definitely before I even considered nor purchased the 200NS. Back then I was salivating between the Yamaha R15, Honda CBR150R and the Pulsar RS200. You see, these were “sports bikes” I was considering then, and I figured a top box storage solution would look hideous on this breed.

And so, my purchased tank bag was in storage for a few months. Of course, we all know by now I got myself a 200NS. How? Why? I’ll save that for another story if enough people are curious. But and until my machine arrived, it was only then that I realised that the Pulsar’s fuel tank cover isn’t metallic at all! It’s made of some fiberglass material. While it’s lighter in weight than steel, it’s definitely non-ferromagnetic. And so the bag’s built in magnets refused to adhere to it. Thankfully, this bag also came with a set of straps and clip-on buckles. But still, I’d love the idea of not having to go through the trouble of looping those straps for a sometimes quick run to purchase some light items. Continue reading “Weekend Project #2 – Storage space upgrade”

Weekend Project #1 – Replacing lime juice with grape juice

As I had purchased my 200NS pre-owned, I really wasn’t sure if the previous owner had ever replaced the coolant. When I adopted the Indian machine, she was over 2 years old. Back then, the odometer reflected approximately 24,000km of adventure. And since Bajaj’s manual calls for a coolant replacement every 30,000km or 2 years – whichever comes first, I figured that there will be a good chance that my mechanical steed is still carrying the same coolant that it was fed from the factory. 

And so I did some research and narrowed my choices to one of these 3 coolants – Evan’s Waterless Coolant, Engine Ice and Maxima’s Cool-Aide. So, the cheapo in me  Continue reading “Weekend Project #1 – Replacing lime juice with grape juice”