Heated Seats Aren’t just for Autos Anymore

   Have you been looking to upgrade your standard motorcycle seat, to a heated motorcycle seat but don’t have the extra cash?  If you are able to run a staple gun, you can install Heat Demon Seat Warmers for much less than purchasing a new heated seat from your local dealer. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has just what you need, and our very own Operations Manager chronicled the install for you.

   When the temperature drops, are you going to go home, or will you keep riding? Put a little heat in your seat and enjoy the riding season long after most other riders have called it quits. Heat Demon Motorcycle Seat Heaters offer an innovative warm seat experience for the riders who just refuse to quit. The universal fit carbon fiber seat heaters install easily on any bike, providing comfort and warmth for riders of all bikes.

    For reference, all photos will be used while installing the Heat Demon’s on a 2008 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle.

Note: Heater is designed to be installed beneath the vinyl/leather cover of the seat.

Heat Demon Specifications:

    • 20 Watt carbon fiber heating element

    • Increases riding safety and comfort

• Ultra thin and flexible

• Fast warm-up

• Easy to install

Tools that you will need for this installation :

•  Small tipped flat screw driver

•  Long nosed pliers

•  Staple Gun

•  3/8” Drill Bit

•  13/16” Drill Bit

•  Razor blade

•  Black sharpie

Additional Items you may want to purchase:

• 1 – Two wire wiring harness that have quick disconnects

• Inline fuse

Step 1:staple-pulling  To get started you will need to remove your motorcycle seat.  I would recommend that you connect the wiring harness to the battery first so that you can test the Heat Demons prior to installation.   Your Heat Demon’s should have come with installation instructions, and the wiring diagram for the seat heaters.  You can see Step 10 for wiring steps.  I have also included the wiring diagram below in Step 10 for your over view of the wiring layout.

Step 2: Turn the motorcycle seat over to start the staple removal process.  It is best not to remove all of the staples at one time.  Using a small tipped flat screw driver, wedge it under the staples and slowly apply pressure.  This should allow you to ease the staple from the seat and the leather.  If you need additional help once the staple has been pulled halfway from the seat use long nosed pliers to complete the removal from the seat.  I do not recommend only using the long nosed pliers, as this may cause damage to the leather.

Step 3:large seat foam Now that you have removed the staples from the leather/Vinyl on the front of the seat, you should then be able to flip the seat over in the upright position and pull the leather back towards the backside of the seat.(See the examples below.) This should expose the foam of the seat.  Once you have the foam exposed look it over to ensure there are no defects or problems with the foam.  Also if the foam has a clear plastic liner between it and the leather, remove the plastic from the seat.

Step 4: To insure that you have 100% working heaters prior to full installation I recommend that you test these heaters first prior to mounting them to the foam of the seat.  It is far better to discover you have a problem with the heaters now, then discover there is problem after you have already reassembled the seat.

Step 5: Once you know the heat pad does heat up, it is now time to install it on to the foam seat. You now need to consider where you want to mount the heat pad, as well as how you are planning on routing the wires. This is important so they are not visible once you place the leather seat cover back over the top of the foam.  Once you’ve selected the route you want to run the wiring, slowly remove the 3M sticker off the back of the heat pad.  Once the backing has been removed, place the heat pad (sticky side down) in the area that you would like to have heated.   Make sure to press down on the heater to insure good adhesion between the seat and the seat heater.  Note: A thin layer of foam may be placed over the top of the heater to reduce the visibility of the heater through the seat cover.  Make sure to route the wires for the heat pad to the bottom side of the seat.

Note: Removing the foam and drilling a small hole through the bottom of the seat may make installation easier.

Once the wires have bdouble-heateen routed so they will not show once the leather is placed back into position, you will need to ensure that the heat pad is flat against the foam.  Next pull the leather cover back down into position, covering the seat foam. Once the leather has been pulled tight against the foam, this would be a good time to install 4-5 staples into the front section of the leather on the seat. However you do not want to put any staples within 6 inches of the area where you plan on installing the rocker switches.

Now that the front section of the seat is complete, it is time to prepare to insert the heaters for the passenger section of the seat.  If you do not wish to install passenger heat pads, please go to Step 7:

Step 6: Next turn the seat over, and remove the staples for the passenger section of the seat. Again, I would suggest removing these staples with a flathead screw driver, and if needed use a pair of long nose pliers.

After you have removed all of the old staples from the seat, you now need to pull the leather seat cover back to expose the foam for the passenger seat.   If this section of the seat has a thin piece of clear plastic, I recommend removing the plastic to only leave the foam section of the seat showing.

Step 7: Once you know that the heat pad does heat up it’s time to install the Heat Demon for the passenger section of your seat.  Making sure the foam on the seat is clean of dirt.  Now determine where the passenger normally sits on the seat, as well a route for the wires from the heating element through the seat to the bottom side of the finished seat. Again, it is best to conceal the wire so it doesn’t show once you place the leather of the seat back over it.  This will eliminate any visible creases from the wire.  Once you’ve selected the route you want to run the wiring, slowly remove the 3M sticker from the back of the heat pad. Once the backing has been removed, place the heat pad (sticky side down) in the area that you would like to have heated. Route the wires for the heat pad to the bottom side of the seat.

Once you are satisfied with the positioning of wires and heaters, pull the leather back into place.  At this stage you do not want to install any more staples until the remaining steps completed.

Step 8:switch marking You are now ready to prepare the foam and cut the hole in the foam that will house the control switches for the Heat Demons. The standard position for motorcycle heated seat switches is normally on the left side, or port side of the motorcycle seat. For myself I found the easiest way mark the area to be cut, was to place the switch in the desired area and with a sharpie marker draw a line around the outside of the switch. This provided me a good reference point to use during the cutting process of the foam.

Step 9:drilling photos Now that you have the area marked where you want to mount the switch, it is time to cut the hole out of the seat foam. Take a sharp razor knife to cut out the holes, I would suggest cutting the hole slightly smaller than the inside of the circle you’ve marked for the switches. This way it will fit snug in the hole and it will not slide out easily. You can always remove a little more foam if you’ve not cut out enough.

After confirming the switch fits securely in the newly cut holes, it is time to make the hole in the leather. Once you have the leather pulled back over the foam, you should be able to rub your finger over the hole for the switch. This should allow you to see an outline of the area. I found by taking a black sharpie and placing a dot in the center of the hole to use as a guide, I know where to begin to cut through the leather for the seat.

Once you have selected the best location for the seat switches, we will now need to drill a hole for each switch.  I first used a 3/8” drill bit for a small pilot hole. The purpose of this hole is to route the wires through the foam to feed the switch, and through the metal or plastic seat pan.  After the pilot hole has been drilled you now need to drill the actual hole for the switch, you will need a 13/16” drill bit.  Prior to drilling the 13/16” hole, you need to make sure to have a small gap between the two switches. It is recommended there be at least ½” between the final cut outs. Unless you follow this suggestion, the two holes will be one large opening and will not allow the switches to have a secure mount..

Once you have the hole(s) cut, it’s time to install the switches and hook up the wires.  Just make sure to follow the wiring diagram provided by the manufacturer.  As well I have provided a wiring diagram in Step 10 for your reference.

Step 10:switches We now need to connect the wire harness to the battery. If you have already installed the wiring harness from the previous instructions, then skip this section.

For added protection, I would suggest an inline fuse for the + positive (red) side of the battery.  Place a ring terminal end on the side of your inline fuse that will be mounted to the positive post of the battery.  For the other end of the inline fuse I would suggest a butt splice, or solder and heat shrink the ends together .

Next on the black negative wire, place another ring terminal end on one side, and a butt splice on the other, that will connect to the black wire on your wire harness.  Once you have both wires completed, connect them to the motorcycle’s battery. Make sure you do not have the harness connected to the motorcycle seat at this time.

*Now that the wire harness is cowiring diagramnnected to the battery, this would be a great opportunity to verify that all other connections for the seat are working properly.  Place the seat on your motorcycle, and plug it into the harness and test to make sure that both switches are turning the Heat Demons on and off.

Once you know the heater(s) are working, remove the seat from the motorcycle.  And turn it over and while keeping the leather pulled tight, using a staple gun install the staples to your seat.

   Now that you have installed all of the staples back into the seat, take the seat back to your motorcycle, hook up the harness from the seat to the battery, and mount the seat normally to your motorcycle. Test one last time to verify that both switches and Heat Demons are working properly.

 This product is available through K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) along with other heated items such as gloves, jackets and even foot warmers. Get ready for cooler weather now!

The Safe Way to Bring your Gear to The Range

With personal protection and sport shooting becoming more and more mainstream than ever, it is important to have range time. Since we all like to ride, and will do so any chance we get, it can be a little difficult to transport our firearms and accessories to the range. That is until now. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has the gear to make safe passage possible. The Range Saddlebag Insert. This Saddlebag Insert is designed to capably carry your guns, ammunition, safety glasses, and any other shooting accessories you need for a day at the range.

BBP-HRSB-L_3_Range Saddlebag Tray-Out   This is a great way to pack your firearms for a trip to the range. We have gone far too long without one that is the right size to fit your motorcycle saddlebags. The Deluxe Range Saddlebag is a padded range bag that protects your firearm or firearms and gear while fitting into your motorcycle saddlebags. Made from durable weather resistant polyester its large 21” x 12” x 7 ½” size has 13 compartments to store, stash and hold your gear. It includes convenient access to 7 magazine slots in the outside compartment, and two adjustable dividers and a padded removable tote in the main compartment. Easy double-sided zipper pull allows quick access revealing more storage for your glasses, ear plugs,chokes and more. The mesh end pocket is great for a water bottle. Designed for large saddlebags. Fits Honda Gold Wing, etc.

   When you want to transport your firearms and the shooting accessories you need to the range safely, you need the Range Saddlebag from K and G Cycles (www,kandgcycles.com). Designed to fit in most touring saddlebags, you will wonder how you lived without this. Pick one up for yourself or give one as a gift to a friend.

Brukus Products Secure your Personal Possessions

   You are out on your bike, you’ve ridden to …. , gone inside to grab a quick such and such, only to come back out and discover thieves have helped themselves to the  gear stowed in your bag or worse yet, the entire bag or bags? Securing a motorcycle and its contents is not an easy task. One of the most vulnerable aspects of our beloved motorcycles is the saddlebags. With no mounting lock installed from the factory, thieves know if they are successful in removing the bags, the bounty inside could be worth more than the bags themselves. One company, Brukus Motorcycle Parts, available through K and G Cycles(www.kandgcycles.com) offers a product that brings piece of mind to your travels, as well as a solution to stop the thieves. SaddlebagSecure by Brukus makes saddlebag locks that fit hard and soft bags from Victory and Yamaha Motorcycles.

brkuks-yamaha    Brukus Motorcycle Parts shows just how quickly your bags can be stolen in this Promo Video. Scarey is the only word I can think to say. Especially since we all know what we keep in them. Designed by Brukus Motorcycle Parts, SaddlebagSecure prevents this by replacing the Quick Release System and securing your bags to your bike.  One thing you will notice is the difference in how firmly your bags now ride on the motorcycle. This also works to prevent your bags from coming loose and flying off while traveling down the road. SaddlebagSecure is licensed, patented and trademarked by Brukus Motorcycle Parts along with many other Security Products for your motorcycle. Don’t settle for an imitation. Brukus Motorcycle Parts leads the industry in Accessory Securing Products for your bike! That is why I use SaddlebagSecure on my personal motorcycle, a 2004 Harley Electra Glide Classic. – First in innovative ideas, quality and customer service!

This is a release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station in Los Angelos County California:

Palmdale Sheriff Station is warning motorcycle enthusiasts of a rash of thefts involving “Saddlebags.”

Over the past month Palmdale Station has had numerous thefts in which “Motorcycle Saddlebags” have been removed form motorcycles while parked in public areas. Detectives believe the suspects have familiarity with the mounting system of the saddlebags due to the short time frame the motorcycles are left unattended in the parking lots.

Palmdale Station is urging motorcycle owners to safeguard their motorcycle accessories by following these safety tips:

• Always remove the key from your ignition and keep your front fork locked.

• Garage your bike out of plain view whenever possible.

• If you have to park outdoors, do so in well-lit secure areas. Look for an outdoor security camera and park in its view if you can.

• Lock your bike to a stationary object, or to another motorcycle when traveling with others. Use high quality locking devices.

• Consider adding an audible alarm and/or tracking device.

• When parking in public, check your bike frequently.

• Always carry your registration and insurance with you when you ride, but keep your title at home or in another secure place.

Substitute standard mounting hardware for accessories with security bolts or less common mounting systems.

   Palmdale Station is also asking the community to report to the station any suspicious sales of motorcycle accessories at extremely discounted prices or questionable origins. People wishing to provide information about the thefts or possible stolen accessories can contact Lieutenant Kennedy at 661-272-2506. Individuals can also provide information anonymously through “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Prepared by Lt. Cory Kennedy and Dep. Robbie Royster

saddlebagsecure installed      For those of you that saw us in Dayton for Bike Week, you noticed our friends from Brukus joined us in or booth. If you missed them, they have joined us again for Biketoberfest. You don’t have to wait until then to pick up the full line of Brukus Motorcycle Securing Products. All you have to do is head over to K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com), go to the manufacturers map at the bottom and click on Brukus. If you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you by phone or e-mail.

Where do I Mount my Phone, GPS, or MP3 Player?

When you are the leader in Electronic Accessory Mounts for Motorcycles, what do you do to improve on your product? You introduce an all new Anti-Vibration feature on all your mounts. Though we may not realize it but our bikes have a lot of vibration coming from them. If we have an accessory mounted on the bike, the end becomes the exit point for a good portion of that vibration. So much that we often have trouble reading our devices that are mounted there. Leader Motorcycle has redesigned all of their accessory mounts to incorporate this new anti-vibration feature and are available at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com).

Leader Camera Mount C3-B-C   That shake, rattle, and roll you see every time you watch the video of your ride is a thing of the past thanks to the engineers at Leader. The Deluxe CAM Motorcycle Camera Mount was designed to give you the BEST video and/or photos possible from a moving motorcycle! The Deluxe CAM motorcycle camera holder features a base bracket with Ultra-Security and a rod so slim you’ll hardly notice it’s there. 360-degree rotation and TWO ultra-swivels (top and bottom) give you a huge range of positioning and angle-ability. It is as simple (and eye catching) as it gets! Check out these great features.

  • Ultra-swivel provides a multitude of mounting options
  • Accommodates the standard ¼-20 stud (if your camera can be put on a tripod, it can be mounted on the Deluxe CAM)
  • 360-degree movement at the tip (with a simple tightening mechanism)
  • Easy to install and remove (no special tools necessary)
  • All parts are stainless steel and machined aluminum (black anodized)
  • Ultra-Security feature ensures camera will never fall off
  • Get the Vibe Out minimizes vibration
  • All parts are MADE IN THE U.S.A.
  • Constructed of either Stainless Steel or Machined Aluminum

Now you can have smooth video, clear pictures, and not have to try to view the shaky iPod or GPS screen.  All Leader mounts available through K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) have the new Anti-Vibration feature and will smooth things over with even your toughest critic. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy your ride videos. Don’t forget to see Leader at the K and G Cycles Booth located in K and G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona Speedway during Biketoberfest.

Welcoming Cycle Shade back to Biketoberfest

Can you even begin to count the times you have ridden somewhere, parked your bike, only to come back and scorch your buns? How many times have you detailed your bike, gone to dinner, had to park under a tree and come back to dreadful results? There is a solution to these problems and it can be found at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com), The Cycle Shade Motorcycle Cover.

goldwing cycle shade   The manufacturer of Cycle Shade saw a need to address common concerns felt by the motorcycle community. Protecting your bike from sun damage, moisture, morning dew, bird droppings and tree sap is a constant battle. Sure you could carry a full size cover with you, but that is bulky and takes up a lot of storage space. Not to mentions the time it takes to install it, especially if it doesn’t have the heat panels on it. Engineered to deliver the protection you want in the most convenient package available. Take a look at these features:

*Engineered for easy on/easy off applications. Cycle Shade can be installed or removed in a very short time.

*Can be installed immediately after riding. Because no part of Cycle Shade touches any part of the motorcycle that is hot, there is no wait time for installation.

*Stows in its own attached pouch. There is no special way to insert the Cycle Shade into the bag, you just stuff it and go!

*By selecting a high quality lightweight polyester material, a happy coincidence is its water resistant capability. This is great when having to park your bike outside. The morning  dew and moderate rains showers will not harm your bike.

*Keeping simplicity at the forefront, Cycles Shade is attached using heavy duty bungee’s that have been looped at the ends.

*When it is installed, it will help deter people wanting to sit on or climb aboard. Sort of like a security system in a bag.

*Keeps harmful UV rays from damaging seats and finishes.

*Offers a layer of protection from Tree sap, Pollen, Bird Droppings, and other animal effects.

*Available in the Standard Black or customizable with one of the numerous logos available.

*Available in different sizes and coverage amounts.

can am cycle shade   Cycle Shade is one accessory you want to arm yourself with. Providing protection for your bike while you are on the road. Lightweight, compact, and simple to use, Cycle Shade is a must have for any biker. Contact K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) today and discover the easiest way to protect your bike from the Sun, Rain, Tree Goo, Animal Droppings and more. I can personally speak of the benefits of a Cycle Shade as I have one for my personal bike. I have used it in a wide range of weather conditions and have been very pleased with the results. If you are going to be at Biketoberfest in Daytona, come see us at K and G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona Speedway for a full demonstration.

The End of Summer isn’t the End of The Season

road less traveled  For most of us, Labor Day marks the end of summer. Even though it isn’t “Officially Fall”, the kids have returned to school, college football is back on the tube, and a whole new riding season is knocking on our door. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) wants you to enjoy this time of year to the fullest.

Part of owning a motorcycle is finding the road less traveled and the secret spots along the way. Heading out with a group of friends and taking the long way to get there has lead to some of the greatest memories I have. Being in Southern Indiana there are a large number of back road tours that will get you there, but allow you to see some amazing sights along the way. We are also fortunate enough to be short distances from many more beautiful rides all year long. Every season offers so many different treasures you just can’t get while riding around in a car or truck.

*Spring brings us the rebirth of plant life and reawakens our senses to fresh cut grass, new buds on the trees, fresh new flowers, and fresh air. With the sporadic rains it is wise to invest in some great Rain Gear.

*Summer lets us enjoy warm weather, the fields that have been planted and blowing in the breeze, eating outdoors at the little cafe’s, and long days that make the rides more enjoyable. You will want to make sure you have a great pair of Riding Glasses to protect your eyes.

*Fall brings us cooler temps but also grants us admission into the largest art show there is. Everyday the scenery changes offering endless photo opportunities. Festivals are abound and the orchards offer up tasty treats you won’t want to miss. Burning leaves and bonfires signal the close of riding season for most of us, but for the lucky ones, it’s not over yet. The right gear can allow you to ride deeper into the season..

*Winter often brings frigid cold and snow to halt riding for the masses, however for those fortunate to live in the south and southwest riding is almost a year round sport. For those of us that reside in the areas that have 4 seasons, any day between December and March that has sunshine, clear roads, and tolerable temps is a chance to get out and ride. We appreciate those days when we aren’t supposed to be able to ride and enjoy them a little bit more. Heated Gear can let you take advantage of those crisp, clean days.

Taking the road less traveled offers us a great amount of mental benefits also. Getting out and seeing everything Mother Nature has to offer during the different seasons of the year make us appreciate what we have. We have a tendency to relax a bit more on the Fall rides giving us the opportunity to take it all in. Everyone here at K and G Cycles(www.kandgcycles.com) hopes you have the chance to ride through the seasons and build many fond memories with every bend in the road.

Tires – No matter what you Ride, We’ve got you Covered

   WTireshat is one of the most important items to check on a motorcycle that often gets overlooked? Unless you said your tires, you guessed wrong. Be honest, when is the last time you REALLY took a good look at yours? Are they dry rotted? Are they missing pieces? Is the tread depth below spec? Do they have a lot of miles on them? If you answered yes to any of these questions than you really need to consider replacement tires. Why not look at the great selection of tires K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has to offer.

   Whether you have a bone stock ride, a radical custom, or something in between we’ve got the tires for you. Many of the top tire manufactures of today offer tread patterns and compounds to meet a wide range of different riding styles. Are you looking to add wide whitewalls for that old school look? We’ve got you covered. Are Black Walls more your style? We’ll take care of you. Do you like to scrape your knees in the curves? We have the tires designed for that too. When it comes to upgrading to a tire that meets your needs and your style of riding, it is important to get the right tire so you get the most out of your bike. Let K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) help you experience your bike the way it was meant to be. We offer the top brands at competitive pricing to keep your bike on the road (or off) and more cash in your pocket.

We offer tires from the following brands: tire-poster

Upgrading your Oil Filter to a K & N

Just like any internal combustion engine, the oil used to lubricate and cool motorcycle engines gets dirty too and needs outstanding filtration. When it comes to oil filtration, you should  always seek the best. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) has many premium grade filters that are effective to 5 and 4 microns, delivering some of the best protection available.

We have all K&N moto filtersbeen there: Whether it’s remembering where that disappearing filter cup is, having oil leak all over your garage and yourself, or finally giving up and pounding a screwdriver through the filter just to get if off. Most of our canister type motorcycle and ATV oil filters come with a 17mm nut welded to the top of the canister so they can be easily wrenched-off with a standard tool. Originally developed for demanding auto race applications, our premium motorcycle oil filter is rapidly becoming a favorite among consumers for its durability and easy removal. We’ve changed oil filters and several of our product development technicians are sportsman class drag racers. They insisted we offer an oil filter that corrected the “headaches” they experienced over the years changing oil filters. To satisfy the demands of racers, our oil filter has many features over and above the requirements of most vehicles. We use thicker canister walls for extra strength and durability which reduces the risk of damage from loose rocks and debris. The durable construction will withstand higher oil pressures found only in racing environments without bursting. The drilled hole on the nut is for a safety wire attachment. Required for many types of racing, the safety wire prevents blown oil filters from falling on the track and representing a hazard to other race vehicles. This extra engineering offers peace of mind for consumers who want only the best. K&N motorsport filters offer these great features:

 

  • Drilled safety wire holes for racing in canister oil filters
  • Most have sturdy 17 mm wrench nut, where applicable, makes oil filter removal quick and easy
  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Resin-impregnated filter media provides maximum filtering surface for contaminant removal
  • Anti-drainback valve (where applicable) eliminates dry starts, prevents oil from draining back into crankcase during engine shutdown
  • Internally lubricated gasket provides positive seal while allowing easy on and off of filter
  • Rolled threads provide extra protection against stripping
  • Traps 99% of harmful contaminants

K&N oil filters have filtration media that allows for higher flow rates while still providing outstanding filtration. High flow rates are important especially in racing vehicles where heavier grade oil is used and the oil is pumped much faster than in a standard vehicle. When the engine is circulating oil at high GPM rates, the high-flow oil filter helps reduce the loss of pressure through the filtering process.  Our oil filters are ideal for high-end synthetic motor oil. Synthetic motor oil is said to offer improved flow performance at cold temperatures while providing superior protection against thermal degradation.

When you are ready to step up to a high performance oil filtration device look no further than K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) for an unbeatable selection of K&N Filters. Designed on the track and ready for your attack, K&N filters offer the best protection money can buy.

The Lithium Advantage brought to you by EarthX

   This time of year when we start to wonder if our battery will hold out through the rest of the season. We try to do everything we can to keep it alive just a little bit longer.  Being a key component that is  often overlooked until it fails, the battery is a tricky component.  OEM batteries tend to last anywhere from 1-2 year to about 5 years, the latter results require stringent monitoring and cycle charges. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) is proud to offer you a replacement battery that will have you wondering why manufacturers aren’t using these from the start – EarthX Lithium Batteries.

   earthx in the boxEarthX batteries are designed to be a drop-in replacement of a standard 12 volt lead-acid battery, so no special or expensive charger is required.  These batteries will work with any vehicle charging system and “modern” lead-acid battery chargers, thanks to our built-in battery management system.  The batteries are an exceptional value given the fact they last years longer than a lead-acid battery. With a lot of talk about lithium batteries these days, it is known not all lithium batteries are equal.  There are dozens of different types of chemistry used in lithium batteries, and  EarthX batteries use cells made of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry that was developed here in the U.S.A.  This is the best performing and safest technology on the market today. Lithium batteries are fundamentally different than lead-acid batteries and require the cells inside the 12V battery use sophisticated electronics to monitor and balance the voltage/charge of the individual cells.  Other companies sell an additional balancing charger, which you have to plugin periodically to “top off” and balance the cells.  Inside every one of EarthX batteries is a microprocessor Battery Management System (BMS) that monitors the charge level of each cell and balances the charge when needed, protecting the cells from overcharge or over-discharge. What this means for you is more starting power, longer battery life, and the safest lithium motorsport battery on the market.

   The key advantages of the EarthX lithium battery over lead acid batteries are;

  • Light-weight — 70-80% less weight
  • Long Service Life — Up to 4000 charge / discharge cycles (~3-8 years), over 4 times the life of a lead-acid battery
  • Longer Storage Life – due to extremely low self-discharge rate, no need for charging in the off-season
  • Environmentally Friendly — non-toxic, non-contaminating, lead free and no hazardous materials
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range (-30 C–+60C) — lithium batteries are dry cell technology and will not freeze
  • Fast Charge — can be fully charged in less than a half hour
  • Maintenance Free
  • No Special Mounting Direction
  • Safety and Reliability — internal cells are continually monitored by an integrated battery management system

   The key advantages of EarthX lithium batteries over competitors lithium batteries;

  • All products are engineered in the USA
  • Each battery employs American battery technology, the most advanced lithium battery technology in the world
  • EarthX batteries are assembled in the USA with US and foreign components.
  • Built-in battery management system for maximum performance and longest life — no expensive balancing charger needed.
  • Flexible battery connection — batteries can be used in either left or right side polarity applications. You also have the option to connect the battery leads directly to your vehicle.
  • Integrity – battery specifications are accurate.  If a battery is rated at 500CCA, the battery has 500CCA. All batteries are tested to industry standards (SAE, UL, CE).

   earthx group shotWith an extensive amount of applications for the whole power sports industry, EarthX batteries has a model to fit your bike. Proof of that is evident”Kyle and George use Earthx advance lithium technology batteries in every bike they own!” From their vintage bikes to the Screamin’ Eagle Ultra and more. Pick up an EarthX Lithium Battery today from K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) and leave your battery worries behind.

Submission – Letting them control their own Level

Anybody that has a factory intercom system on your bike and travels with a passenger knows two of the most common used phrases are “Turn that Down!” or “Can you turn that Up!” K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) happily introduces a solution to this back and forth game, an inline Volume Control Module available today. Avoid conflict and ensure a peaceful ride for both.

intercom-control1   Everyone adjusts volume differently for their own desired listening levels. K and G Cycles is aware of this and the need for individual control of sound volume while riding. As both rider and passenger most often prefer to regulate their own volume rather than have to meet in the middle this control module is long overdue. After searching high and low, we have stumbled onto a 5 Pin Din Volume Control. This Plug ‘N Play module (Part # BBP-13-206) installs inline between your headset and your motorcycles factory 5 pin din connector. This easy to install module immediately gives the user control of both left and right speakers individually as well as microphone volume control. Even complete silence can be achieved if that is desired. This 3 function volume control is an ideal way to eliminate listening compromises, most assuredly avoiding needless arguments, therefore making the ride much more enjoyable for all. Due to it’s low, low price of $59.95, you can afford to give one as a Birthday gift, Pre-season gift, or just because you understand. Don’t forget to include yourself.

When you finally decide you’ve had enough of the “Too loud, not loud enough, I can’t hear you” game, head over to K and G Cycles (www,kandgcycles.com) and purchase one of these handy volume control modules today. This great little device saved my marriage. Now we ride together more often on longer, more relaxing rides.  $60 well spent in my book.

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