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I am at work in Yemen for the coming weeks, so with the onset of winter back in the North of Scotland both bikes are chained to their ground anchor in the garage, and each is covered with a curtain to keep them cosy.


The MV is connected to the trickle charger to look after the battery. The BMW isn't, so I aked my wife to start the BMW engine from time to time while I am away and run it for a few minutes. So yesterday she uncovered the BMW and laid its curtain on the MV. She then started the BMW running and busied herself with other stuff while it it ticked over. Fortunately - just in time - she returned to find that the curtain was touching the BMW's header pipe and had ignited. The flames were clawing at the tail of the MV's cover. With a shot she unreeled the garden hose and rapidly extinguished the fire. Fortunately we can report that no motorcycles were damaged in the course of this event. PHEW!!!!

We will obviously need to review procedures......
 

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Talk about keeping the bikes cozy!

My wife would've grabbed a bag of marshmellows ......
 

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Yeah, talk about keeping the home fires burning. Buy yourself one of those rad heaters. Ive got one and they work well. Also, you are using more battery life just starting the bike.
 

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how about a battery tender for the bmw so the wife doesnt have to start it up once in awhile??? i dont know but i dont think i want my wife messing around with my bikes !!! lol yikes !! :jsm:
 

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nicensleazy said:
Buy yourself one of those rad heaters. Ive got one and they work well.
Clearly a second battery charger is a necessity.

If anyone has good experience with any particular type of space heater that is economic and effective in a garage, ie to keep the temperature up a few degrees and thermostatically controlled, that would be interesting.

It is 35 degrees out side where I am, but sadly for the bikes the temperature is a lot less and dropping by the day.
 

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Here is the proof again that:

Trickle charger > Wife - in terms of usage for bikes
Trickle charger < Wife - in terms of cost when wife touches bikes

Next time better lock the garage and take the key with you:smoking:
 

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GRAgusta said:
..... Fortunately - just in time - she returned to find that the curtain was touching the BMW's header pipe and had ignited. The flames were clawing at the tail of the MV's cover. With a shot she unreeled the garden hose and rapidly extinguished the fire. Fortunately we can report that no motorcycles were damaged in the course of this event. PHEW!!!!......
Exactly the reason BMW RS's weren't allowed into the US with the lower fairings that the European models had. A Doctor in Arkansas (bought from my dealer in Bentonville) was warming up his in the garage when he went into the house to get a cup of coffee and make a phone call. Forgot about the bike; burned down his house!

Doctors can be stupid - so can juries, he sued and won; BMW responded by removing the RS lowers for US customers :(!

Imagine that - an air cooled bike will overheat running in static air!

Tom
 

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Go Odyssey and forget worrying about your batteries!!!

Uh, this should be a no-brainer... Put Odyssey dry-cell batteries in your bikes and forget the charger. I have 5 bikes, and three have Odyssey batteries--the other two will eventually. Local BMW shop had pre-made L-brackets for R1150 models--I posted how to install one on an MV, here:

http://www.mvagusta.net/forum/showthread.php?t=11048

Good luck and Cheers!
 

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I solved this problem by moving to Australia.

It's 37 C here today - and for the week up to 39 C on Tuesday next. Out of the frying pan into...................
 
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