It looks like it is that time of year again when we look for ways to keep our batteries from complete and utter annihilation. The question is often posed, “What can I do to keep my battery from going dead?” And while the answer is simple, not enough people are aware just how easy it is. K and G Cycles has what is referred to as Smart Battery Tenders. The most popular of them being The Battery Tender Jr produced by Deltran.
When you bring a product to market there will be people wanting a piece of you, trying to out do you, or looking to take you down so you are no longer the competition. The complete line of Battery Tender Products has risen to the top, and continues to be the mark by which all others are judged. The reason being is Deltran, the maker of Battery Tender Products has employed “Smart” Technology in the production of its units. The Battery Tender Plus (BT Plus) is a battery charger that has a microprocessor controlled power electronic circuitry which enables it to preform and safely control a number of sophisticated charging functions, well beyond the capability of inexpensive trickle chargers.
Once you’ve connected the BT Plus and supplied AC power, it first conducts a number of checks during Initialization Mode to ensure that the battery is functioning normally. Then it will deliver its full charge at a constant rate of 1.25 amperes. This is called the Bulk Charge Mode. The battery voltage will rise and when it reaches a predetermined level the BT Plus will hold the battery charge voltage constant at that level, allowing the charge current amplitude to drop. This is the Absorption Charge Mode. The Absorption Charge Mode is complete when the charge current drops below a very low value, usually below ¼ ampere. Some BT Plus models have timers to limit the duration of the Absorption Charge Mode.
After the current drops or the allotted time expires (typically several hours), the BT Plus automatically switches to a Float / Maintenance Charge Mode. The purpose of the Float / Maintenance Charge Mode is to maintain the battery voltage just slightly (typically between 1/10 and ½ volt) above where it would be if it were fully charged and sitting at rest. This keeps the battery topped off at voltages well below the gassing voltage of a lead acid battery.
Based on price alone, trickle chargers often appear to be a better economic choice for the typical consumer, but trickle chargers do not have the advantage of sophisticated electronic control. Therefore, as they allow the value of charge current to trickle down to what appears to be safe levels, the output voltage of the charger may very well rise to an unacceptably high level, sometimes even going higher than 16 VDC depending on the charger type and the battery that is connected to it. This magnitude of voltage is far above the gassing voltage of a lead acid battery. If the battery remains connected to this high level of voltage for an extended period of time, extreme damage may be done to the battery. Without Battery Tender type electronic safety controls, what appears to be an initial cost savings for the charger may actually cost several times the charger price in replacement batteries.
So you see, there is so much more than you think in these little packages many use to keep their batteries maintained. A Battery Tender just may be the smartest money you spend on your bike. As Ron Popeil used to say, “Set it and Forget it”. With a Battery Tender installed on your ride, you never have to worry about your battery again. Pick yours up today from K and G Cycles and discover the secret others have know for a long time. I did and I went almost 9 years without a battery change.
With all that Christmas Money getting ready to burn a hole in your pocket, it is time to figure out what to do with it. I know you don’t want to spend it all in one place, but you can do a lot for your bike with $50. Sometimes subtlety is the best approach and I plan on showing you some great ways K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has for you to add a custom look without taking it over the top.
We all know Chrome is King when it comes to your motorcycle and sometimes it takes just a little bit to get the perfect look. Sit back and get your Credit Card ready because without a doubt, you ware going to want some of the items I am about to show you!
Coming in at $40.46 is a great addition to any Gold Wing out there, (#1 Part#BBP-52-611) Chrome Trunk Molding Inserts will add a distinguished look to your bike. These chromed ABS molding inserts replace the dull OEM inserts. For your convenience, there is no additional hardware needed as the inserts use your existing OEM screws for easy installation. How’s that for user friendly – inexpensive and very low on the difficulty scale. #2 in the photo is Part#BBP-52-612, the Chrome Saddlebag Molding inserts. At $53.42, good looks are still affordable and easy to install. Just like the Trunk insets. you reuse the hardware that holds the old ones on and you are back on the road looking better than ever.
Up next we add a little flash to the mouth of the beast. This Chrome Fuel Door Accent (Part#BBP-52-629) is made of stamped steel then bathed in chrome so deep you will wonder where the bottom is. Installation is so simple it is only 3 steps long. 1) Clean the surface thoroughly, removing any waxes , and let dry. 2) Peel the backing off the double sided tape. 3) Align the trim piece and press firmly into place, making sure all of the adhesive has taken hold and release. That’s it! With a price tag of $24.95 you have added some sweet looks and still have money left over.
Now I know you are thinking, “Well that is probably it. There isn’t a whole lot of stuff around $50.” While you sit back and shake your head, I will continue. How about we turn our attention to the Radio area and discover just what we can do here to make it pop! We find that magic number again – $40.46 – this time attached to a Radio Panel Accent cover ( #1 in the photo). Bathed in the same silky chrome as the other pieces, this one contrasts the black radio controls nicely (Reference Part#BBP-52-696 in our online catalog). Hang on, we aren’t done yet, we need to finish off that radio. Let’s add some Chrome Radio knobs, #2 in the picture, to complete the look. Part#BBP-52-709 really turns up the wow factor on your ride. Replacing the stock knobs is as easy as blinking. All you have to do is pull the knobs, switch the OEM clips, and push on the new ones. Couldn’t get much easier. Best of all you the replacement knobs (Part#BBP-52-709) only cost $7.95/pair. Replacing the knobs and installing the accent piece keeps you under $50 and gives you a complete transformation.
It just goes to show you, it is possible to accessorize your motorcycle with some beautiful chrome and not have it break the bank. To learn more about these pieces or to look for more Chrome, log on to K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) and discover what we’ve got. It a lot more affordable than you think.
With ATV’s and UTV’s becoming more and more popular, we have a tendency to enjoy their off-road capabilities when the weather doesn’t permit motorcycle riding. For many of us that usually entails trailering them to our favorite spot, cabin, or play field to get as dirty as possible. Most of us will clean them up before heading home while a few will wait because they don’t want to clean it twice. All the road grime that accumulates on your machine on the trip home can get pretty nasty and end up being tougher to clean than the days dirt, mud and dust. Have you ever dreamt of a way to protect your ride while you transport it from one spot to another? Let’s face it, road grime, seasonal residues such as sand, salt, and other “magic” spreads and sprays some states use to keep roads clear are nothing short of lethal. They can actually be tougher to clean the dust, dirt, and mud garnered while out riding. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has what you need to protect your investment while it hitches a ride from Point A to Point B. The Transporter ATV Cover by Ultragard or The Guardian by Dowco – The best covers you’ll ever buy for your utility vehicle.
Transporter ATV covers by Ultragard are painstakingly designed and engineered to withstand highway speeds (70+ MPH in some areas) with confidence while trailering your machine. Made of water resistant heavy duty polyurethane coated polyester, this cover protects against the elements travelers encounter while heading to their favorite destinations. The Transporter is a Road Cover and Storage Cover all in one affordable unit that won’t leave you disappointed. This heavy-duty cover features securing straps with quick release buckles specifically engineered to reduce buffeting. Six reinforced tie down slots allow access to anchor points positioned to properly secure your ATV to the trailer. It has a class exclusive front cut-out for most snowplow and winch attachments from many of the top manufacturers. This cover is designed to be installed immediately after dismounting your ATV with its scorch resistant heat shields that protects the cover from hot exhaust pipes and as well as the hot motor. A highly visible reflective logo adds a touch of safety while parked too. Additionally, a Smart Design front fuel access panel let’s you fuel up while the unit remains secured on the trailer. With it’s convenient storage pouch this cover is easily portable. The cover measures 47″W x 82″L x 46″H (offering more than enough coverage for most of todays ATV’s) and has a industry leading Five year warranty.
Another offering we carry for ATV’s is the Guardian by DOWCO. Designed with many of the same features as the Transporter, this cover performs just as well. The main difference between the 2 is the warranty lengths. The Guardian has adjustable, sewn in straps that allow for a snug fit for many different models. It features zippered pockets and quick release buckles simplifying installation and removal. Unique to the Guardian is removable bottom straps that secure the front, back and sides while your machine is being trailered. Also form fit zippered pockets adjust to accommodate handlebars and the large lights mounted on them. If you need multiple tie down options, this one has 5 closable access ports providing you with plenty of attachment points. Sure it only has a 2 year warranty, but lets face it – If you haven’t destroyed it in 2 years, it will almost certainly withstand anything you can dish out.
We work our ATV’s hard and play with them even harder so clean up is a bit of a chore. Why make matters worse and add road grime to the filth? Get yourself a Transporter or Guardian ATV cover from K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) and keep the road off your ride when its on the trailer.
What is one accessory many people add to their motorcycles that offers protection as well as an increase in comfort too? A Highway Bar. The addition of a highway bar can bring you many benefits making it one of the best investments you can make for your bike. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) can help you select the right one for your application and have you installing it in no time.
Unlike their counterparts from Milwaukee, Metric Highway Bars are often brand and model specific. None the less, they still deliver good looks, form, and function. Lets take a look at just what the do offer.
Good Looks – Just about every Highway Bar available today comes in a beautiful chrome finish. Since most of us enjoy adding pieces of chrome to our bikes this is always a good option. However there are those individuals that are looking to de-chrome and Black out their bike. Black versions of accessories are becoming more and more available each day. Regardless of your color choice, a Highway Bar is a good looking accessory that can be added to almost any bike to add to it’s image.
Function – You ask how a Highway Bar functions, well it does so in different ways. Offering a modest amount of protection, Highway Bars (often called Crash Bars) can keep a large portion of the painted parts off the ground in the event the motorcycle goes over. Extending outward from the front of the frame and usually past the point of other parts of the motorcycle, these bars/guards usually prevent contact between the bike and the ground. It’s almost like you are buying an insurance policy when you purchase one.
Function – Another great benefit of a Highway Bar installation is you get to add Highway Pegs to your bike. As we all know, Highway Pegs give you an additional resting place for your feet. The ability to stretch out or even change the position of your legs during a long trip can mean the difference of comfort or cramping. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable on their commute to work or on their vacation down the Blue Ridge.
Bonus – Adding Highway bars can actually give you more riding days per year. “How?” you ask? Well once you have your new Highway bar installed, you can now mount a pair of Pac-A-Derms or Desert Dawgs (commonly known as soft lower fairings). The main purpose of soft lowers is to keep the cold and rain off your feet. How many times have you been out for that Spring or Fall ride and the temps suddenly drop or a shower pops up? That can ruin the day. Now imagine if you had that Highway Bar installed giving you the opportunity to install a set of soft lowers to keep your feet and lower legs warm and dry.
The addition of Highway Bars to your motorcycle can offer many benefits aimed at making your time on the road more enjoyable. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has Highway Bars to fit a wide range of bikes so your chance to enhance your comfort and protection is right in front of you. Contact us today before the new season is underway.
Are you looking to give your bike a custom look, but want the modification to be beneficial? Have you considered adding Exhaust Wrap from K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) to your bike. A fairly economical upgrade that offers protection and performance. Ultimately exhaust wrap insulates the pipes, not allowing the heat to radiate outward and in doing so removes the hot exhaust gasses more efficiently from the motor. Keeping exhaust gases hotter within the exhaust system helps in decreasing exhaust density and increases exhaust flow. This improves exhaust scavenging resulting in cooler air intake temperatures for an improvement in performance and a gain in horsepower. Wraps are available in a range of colors with the most common being Black, Tan, or white. Wrapping the headers or head pipes is an important first step in the quest to control unwanted radiant heat from your engine. Best of all most heat wraps, heat tapes, or whatever you want to call them, withstand temperatures upwards of 1200° so you know it is meant to last.
Another benefit when installing Exhaust Wrap is the protection it offers the rider. Reducing the surface temperature of the pipes lessens the risk of being burned by the bike. Let’s face it, unwrapped pipes can get pretty hot, even with heat shields installed, and being burned by the exhaust is not fun.
Lastly, wrapping your pipes will give you a “Hot Rod Retro” look, and when people see it, they will know you wanted more power, and got it. So by installing Exhaust Wrap on your bike you are actually installing a multi-function upgrade that gives you personal protection, increased performance, a better running engine, and a killer look not everyone has. Stop by K and G Cycles online motorcycle parts and accessories superstore (www.kandgcycles.com) and check out all the great options available
How many times have you wished your motorcycle had ABS brakes? Did you buy your bike used or were ABS brakes not a factory option when the bike came out? There is good news, you can add a Traction Control Braking (TCB) system to your metric bike. Now you can have the same sure–footedness of an Anti-lock breaking system without a costly retro-fit, saving you time and money. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has these units ready to ship to your door so a safer ride is just a click away. Check out the video to see how it works.(CLICK HERE)
The Traction Control Braking System is exactly that:
The TCB Brake System installs in minutes by replacing the banjo-bolt on the Brake Caliper or Master Cylinder. Unlike any other safety product, it works automatically, every time you brake, and at any speed. It works like a “shock absorber” inside the Brake system to help prevent the wheels from locking-up. Wheel lock-up during emergency or “panic” stops can send your vehicle out of control!
- Acts like a shock absorber to allow the brake pads to float and/or drag over the rotors natural high and low spots (we are not talking about warped rotors).
- automatically increases Rider’s ability to brake in a shorter distance in both regular and panic stops (by as much as 20% in a panic stop at speeds from 35 mph to 55 mph).
- helps modulate your brake system.
- helps to avoid premature brake lock-up.
- improves brake control conditions in most cases.
- unlike electronic ABS the TCB System helps prevent lock-up before it happens.
- gives you a feeling of more range in your brake levers so you can brake hard with confidence.
- delivers maximum affect, when installed on both the front and rear brakes by replacing the “Banjo Bolt”.
- specifically designed for motorcycles and ATV’s without anti-lock brake systems (ABS).
- will not allow air into your braking system.
TCB Brake System works on motorcycles and ATV’s when an ABS system is not offered from the factory, and costs a fraction of a retro-fit kit if one is even available. TCB Systems are so confident in their product, it even comes with a “Lifetime Warranty”. Stop by K and G Cycles(www.kandgcycles.com) and discover the difference with TCB Systems.*NOTE: In all cases check the manufacturer’s specifications before installation to ensure proper fit.*
It’s always been your dream to give your bike the most custom look so it can stand out from the sea of other bikes. Just like Henry Ford, it often seems Black is the only color available. Everyone at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) feels the same way and that is why we search high and low for the most unique products for your bie. One particular customization sure to bring a new look to any bike is handlebars, but it seems there isn’t a great selection in in 7/8″ category. What would you do if I told you it is now possible to start using 1″ bars? To begin with your selection has increased tremendously.
When you upgrade to a beefier 1″ handlebar, you get a tougher look, a tougher bar, and a one of a kind style for your motorcycle. Changing the bars to 1″ bars is as simple as replacing the risers with a new set from K and G. In addition to new styling and a different profile, the new risers will enhance your look because they are custom designed too. No matter what your taste, we are sure to have a new set of risers that will compliment the look you are going for. With 5 different designs available:
They are 4″ tall, have a 3/4″ to 1″ pullback, and best of all most of these riser applications do not require adjusting cable length. Translation, you get the look you want with little to no extra work or money.
How sweet is that? When you choose to upgrade your handlebars you automatically get a custom look, a ton of attitude and you finally stand out from all the other bikes that are the “same”. Handlebar risers for 1″ bars from K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) are available in a range of unique designs that will compliment any look you are trying to achieve. Contact us today and see the difference new handlebars and risers will make for your bike .
We all know the Ultimate in Motorcycle Touring in the eyes of many is the Honda Gold Wing. Even though the factory churns out a very fine example, there are a few ways to increase the comfort level of both the rider and passenger for the long haul. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) is your complete Online Gold Wing Accessory Store, and we have what you need to finish off your Wing. By adding a Driver Backrest and Passenger Armrests the hours spent in the saddle will be a whole new experience.
(1)Driver Backrest Pad Set (Part#BBP-2-377) – This high quality color matched backrest pad gives you great back support thus allowing you to cover the miles with greater comfort. The addition of the backrest forces you to keep a better posture, resulting in longer ride times and increased overall comfort. The Driver Backrest Pad is something you will wonder how you lived without. The innovative design allows your passenger easy access to the rear seat, by simply tilting forward out of the way. Included is a storage bag that is detachable and designed to get rid of those pesky wind related “flop ups”. The thick padded tube covers give you a clean OEM looking fit making it look like it is supposed to be there. To give you a truly custom fit, the backrest can be easily be adjusted forward or back while you are seated on your Wing, ensuring you endless comfort.
(2)Passenger Armrests (Part# BBP-2-477) – Made from the same high grade materials to compliment the Driver Backrest, these passenger armrests give your co-pilot the relaxing comfort they deserve while the miles drift by. Installation is a breeze, as these armrests bolt to the antenna mounts on each side of your motorcycle. (Part#BBP-2-470) is required when motorcycle is not equipped with a C.B Radio.) Designed with a swing away feature, this allows the passenger better access to the rear seat when getting on and off the motorcycle. These armrests provide unmatched comfort for the long haul, and will have your passenger thanking you for the addition.
Touring the country on your Gold Wing should be done with as much comfort as possible. When you add a Drivers Backrest and Passenger Armrest Kit from K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) you will see those miles add up quickly. Get yours today.
*Fits 1988-2000 GL1500/GL1600 Models
Tell me if any of this sounds familiar: You’re out on a long weekend run, your hand cramps and you fall to pieces? You are on that week long vacation and you missed some of your planned route because the pain was too much? Worse yet, you’ve had the long arm of the law behind you for 10 or 15 miles and your speed floats around. What you need is some sort of cruise control. Sure you could spend a whole lot of dough and buy an elaborate set up, but what would that get you? A huge headache during installation? The bill from the shop you had to take it to and get it installed? That only cuts into your ride time and your pocket book and we all know that is no good. So you ask, ” K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com), what is a motorcyclist to do?” The answer is simple, you need to purchase an Econo Throttle Assist and discover what you’ve been missing.
When you choose the Econo Throttle Assist you are purchasing one of the most simple to install, simple to operate, and one of the most universal fit units out there. Sure this unit isn’t the fanciest or the most expensive model made today. It is however a throttle assist unit that performs one function, and does it well. Simply reach your intended speed, flip the switch, and voila’! You are now “Cruising”.
• Allows you to relax your grip on the throttle making (pins and needles) and fatigue a distant memory
• Simple design emphasizes reliable function over flashy complex styling
• The variety of included, interchangeable rubber inserts allow the use of almost any grip configuration
• Universal fit: Fits all 7/8in. & 1in. Bars with OEM grips & aftermarket grips with minimum 1-1/8in. to maximum 1-3/4in. outside grip diameter.
• Not for use with 1-1/4in. Bars
Installing “Cruise Control” doesn’t have to set you back an arm and a leg. You also doesn’t need to perform major surgery to have it installed on your motorcycle. Easy, straight forward, and simple to use is the goal of the Econo Throttle Assist. This unit from K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) is simple to install and will leave money in your pocket for more adventures and saddle time.
Check out the informational video here: Throttle assist on YouTube