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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #75 on: 01.03. 2014 07:40 »
G'day Rich. What size and type of battery are you using?
The 12 volters are catching up. *fight*
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #76 on: 01.03. 2014 10:42 »
Good Morning Old Chap
I am using a 15amp per hour SVR battery, the two side tabs on the battery tray have to be bent flat to allow it to go in, also the seat may touch the top, depending on how much it has bent, a couple of washers to raise the front works just fine. I hope to post a picture if I remember how
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #77 on: 01.03. 2014 10:45 »
lets try again

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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #78 on: 01.03. 2014 10:57 »
Good choice. That'll crank her over quite well.
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #79 on: 01.03. 2014 18:10 »
G'day Rich. What size and type of battery are you using?
The 12 volters are catching up. *fight*
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  I guess the 6 volters need to be more enlightened?  *whistle*
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #80 on: 01.03. 2014 18:16 »
It was cold at 07,00 hours this am. Frosty even. It was still cold at midday. Light enough not to need everything on by about 07,45 hours - Hot Hands are very good!
Tomorrow will be the same, but maybe wet. Same early start for a  full day's riding with other loonies. Hot Hands will be good again. They'll actually need their mulled wine when we stop to warm their hands up. I'll just enjoy mine. 12v? No competition!
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #81 on: 01.03. 2014 22:17 »


 I haven't voted, as am only running 6V, which works fine so long as I keep up a tail wind to blow the light in front, have to slow down occasionally let it catch up.
  A couple of years ago, I took a bunch of genny bits, (sorry, dyny bits) to Les McKitterick the now-retired legendary auto sparky, and asked him about converting to 12v, he just looked at me and asked 'why ? '. At that time I didn't know enough to have a case, so left it go....
     I just took the bits and made up one that works and when it claps out, I'll consider the options that I'm learning from this discussion  *smile* (still none the wiser *eek*).

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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #82 on: 12.03. 2014 21:33 »
Staying with 6v, keeping everything original.

That said I'm hoping the mag and dynamo don't pack up.

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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #83 on: 28.03. 2014 23:11 »
Had a frightening experience tonight. When coming back by car from the supermarket, I nearly drove in on a couple of bikers coming from the opposite side.
I had to shift to the opposite lane due to some roadworks, when I saw a couple of dim lights which I thought where two pushbikes coming towards me.
I thought they where still far away so time enough as it was just a short stretch of roadworks, but then it struck me that they where coming in far to quickly to be pushbikes, so I hit the brakes and went back in lane just in time. It was two blokes on two old bikes (couldn't see the marque) with headlights barely stronger than a candle, and when they passed me I saw in my rearview mirror two very faint rearlights disappear in the dark....
Moral of the story; 6 or 12V, just make sure your light is strong enough so you'll be recognized as a motorised driver!
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #84 on: 13.08. 2014 02:56 »
12v for me, the DVR2 regs are excellent!  :)

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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #85 on: 13.08. 2014 10:43 »
Well here's for the Luddite tendency...

I ride an old BSA coz it's like a time machine. I get out on the lanes round here and ride for miles, day and night. The lanes and B roads haven't much changed and I could be riding along in the 1950s. Kicking it to start it, buggering about with points and magnetos, running on straight 40 oil, peering into the darkness, it's all part of the trip. I have installed a solid state regulator and a hi-tech battery, but neither of those affect the sensual pleasure of the old-fashioned ride. I could see better and probably have less breakdowns if I modernised, but then I could have bought a pretend old bike like a modern Bonnie if I were that way inclined.

To each his own; your bike - your money. I'm just a incurable 6volt romantic with these machines and common-sense has nothing to do with it.

What a magnificent statement Ethelred *ex*
 FWIW my A7 is 6 volt and the lights work OK, although I don't intentionally ride it at night. Way too much wildlife (mostly small brained Kangaroos) out here in the scrub.
 I didn't vote on the poll as the A10 SR will be 12volt, and my votes would be one each way. The electrics need to be rebuilt/replaced, so the upgrade will take no extra cost or effort
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #86 on: 13.08. 2014 14:26 »
perhaps the question should be - do you have six or twelve volt eyes *eek*
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #87 on: 13.08. 2014 15:27 »
Gentlemen.
             FWIW I have one of each, 12v on the A10, and 6v on the B31.  I found that the most worthwhile mods are a DVR2 and a headlight relay inside the shell.  There's a considerable volt drop in those thin wires to and from the dipswitch.  Both headlights are bright and I can see where I'm going.  That's the main thing, after all.   
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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #88 on: 13.08. 2014 15:51 »
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the most worthwhile mods are a DVR2 and a headlight relay
Good tip about using a relay. And 6V with halogen bulbs is giving good lights. I'd see the main reason for going 12V would be the addition of electronic ignition.

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Re: 6 volt or 12 volt
« Reply #89 on: 13.08. 2014 16:55 »
12V also allows the use of LED's and readily available replacement bulbs.  Also the use of HID headlamps and this type http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281363715688?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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