Don't know anything about the TW's charging system. However, I am becoming more and more familiar with mine. Seems my bodies 'reserve capacity' has been dropping over the years. Some time ago I installed a kickstarter on my 06. When I changed out my original battery, I went with a name brand AGM unit. All, time and money well spent.
As mentioned on this thread, and likely others, some thought has been given to carrying a 2ed battery. For most, this might be seen as ridiculous and likely it would be for them. Here are some recent experiences that have gotten me to move in that direction. Last season I fell after a missed shift on a steep hill. As luck would have it, a couple of 4 wheel drive fellas happened along and helped me get the bike upright. I thanked them and sent them on their way. An intermediate step that I suggest you all give some thought to is, see if your bike will start before you let your rescuers depart. It became clear, this was a situation that was going to challenge my battery. As well, it would be an even greater challenge for me physically. At 66 (for me), the extended kicking secessions proved to be tiring. Bump starting on a hill still works, but pushing and quickly mounting my mechanical horse is a no-go.
What I have been doing over the last couple of days is setting my bike up to take quick advantage of those very compact lithium jumper packs. The good ones are certainly capable of starting either of my two automobiles so the TW should be no problem.
Here we go. No testing at this point. This lithium technology seems to have grown to be accepted. The Power-All 12000R has gotten good reviews. It weighs one pound and measures 7"X3", and offers up 400 amps.
In addition to starting your car (4cyl & small 6cyl gas) it can do riding tractors, motorcycles and as well, charge cellphones, cameras, and tablets.
I am confident of the concept. As well, I have grown to realize most folks would be very resistant to hack-up their bikes to make the changes I make. Right now, my concern is the 10 gauge wire that I used to hook to battery (+) and ground. I may need to go thicker.
For me, the whole idea is to have something in place that may allow me to crank the bike over a bit more if this might be needed. If the idea has any glaring negatives, I will certainly share them. As a side note, you may as well be able to offer another trailside adventurer some much needed amps should their machine refuse to start. Gerry
Last edited by Gerry; 04-12-2015 at 05:55 PM.
Take care my Friend.........
I find my tw200 very easy to push start, just double check your kill switch is on, I like to find a hill and roll it down the hill when possible (drive way is sloped) A kicker is great but $350 is a lot. This is probably the worlds easiest bike to push start, the grippy tire, low speed handling, light weight, single small cylinder engine. I was 100% ready to buy a kick starter when I got my bike then I bump started it a half dozen times and didn't realize the point to the kicker anymore. Remember 95% of bikes have electric start 5% have kickers, but only 1% is this easy to push start. I tried pushing my KLR and if it didn't start it was going to tip, if it did start it was going run like like hell. If you think you absolutely need it do it, not many bikes have the option. But don't be afraid to push it.