Today we are going to go over how to install a trickle charger plug on a 2006 Harley Davidson. This is another thing that people think is “shop work”, and it is really simple.
This is one of the more simple tasks. You are going to need a flat head screw driver, a Phillips head, and a 3/8 wrench or socket. Sizes and tools very for different bikes. These are the tools we need for this particular bike.
Now we have to locate the battery. If you don’t know, it’s under the seat. This is basically standard for all bikes. So, we pull the seat off.
This is done by removing 3 screws, and the strap. Two of the screws can be hard to find. The first screw is on the back, under the back rest.
This should be easy with a flat head screwdriver. Careful with the screws. Don’t damage the chrome! They are also spring loaded. This keeps them from bending the seat, and hanger. Don’t pull them all the way apart. You will lose the spring.
The flathead, down under the right side of the seat, is your screw. It is also spring loaded. Be careful. Sometimes, as it is on this bike, it can be hidden under a decorative piece. Normally it flips up.
Our third screw is located on the opposite side of the bike. It should be in the same location. Remove it, remembering the spring.
On the left side of the bike, you will find the bolt that holds the strap on. Do not remove the bolt. Pull down on the strap. The buckle has a loop made to unhook. Next you must slide the seat back. This will unhook the front hook.
Unbuckle the back of the strap, slide it over the seat , and the seat is now removed.
Now we have access to the battery. We want to unhook the negative cable, first. We are not going to unhook this from the battery. We are going to unhook the bike’s main ground. This is an easier process on this particular bike.
Using our 3/8 wrench/socket, we are going to remove the screw above. Following the cables, you can see it leads directly to the negative post on the battery. We want to unhook as little as possible from the battery. The location of the battery makes it difficult to reconnect everything.
We are now ready to unhook our hot. RED IS ALWAYS HOT! Pull the battery up, hold it, and remove the screw. Keep up with the cables connected at this point! Watch out for the brass fitting! You don’t want to drop it in the bike!
Remove the brass fitting. Place the red side of the trickle charger port on this screw Replace the brass fitting. Make sure the brass fitting is touching the battery. Snug the screw back down. Replace the battery.
Now we want to place the black side of the trickle charger, on the main ground screw.
Hide your cables! You want to secure them. Don’t let extra cabling hang! This is dangerous! Make sure to keep it away from tires, chains, and belts! Tuck it under, not over! Use zip ties to secure it.
Make sure you have access to it, without having to remove the seat! And always… ALWAYS make sure the bike doesn’t already have one!
This bike now has two! Worse things have happened… I still can’t believe I didn’t see it before I took the seat off! Now they have a plug on each side. Let’s replace the seat.
Set the set back on the bike. Remember that you have to slide it forward. CAREFUL! THE BACK MOUNTING BRACKET WILL SCRATCH THE FENDER!
As you are sliding it forward, make sure the front hook goes back into place. Next is your back screw.
Gently move the seat around until the screw lines up. Give the screw a turn and a half or so. Do not snug it up. You want to be able to move the seat. Leave it looking like this picture. Next are the sides.
Leaving the back bolt loose, you can line them up easier. Insert one side, leave it loose, then insert the other. Now snug it down, go to the other side, do the same. Save the back for last.
Hook the strap buckle, and you are finished!
That’s how you hook up a trickle charger port! Thanks for reading! I would also like to thank Steve Kerr for allowing me to do this on his bike!
Over the weekend, I visited the Best of Both Worlds Bike and Car Show. Below are the bikes of this event! If you get a chance to go to this event, go!
The people putting on this event, they even put up a mass amount of tents for the visitors! There is food everywhere! You can buy anything that can be cooked on a grill, and Starlite keeps their concession stand open!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the racing, but if you want to see a fast bike, this show is for you! I’m not going to type much more, because of the mass amount of pictures! This wasn’t even all of the bikes that showed up!
A guy had jokes. That’s cool. People are into different things. If you ride/build Hondas, you are going to get that. The funny part, it normally comes from those that don’t have a bike, and probably doesn’t know how to ride one.
Really, because of this site, I have no reason to have a Harley. The video below, it’s 26 seconds why I never need to mess with a Harley.
The comments about Honda, they don’t really bother me. I build what I can afford. I love Harleys too, they are beautiful bikes, but nothing I plan on messing with.
I’m a Honda guy, working on being a guru. That means I need to know everything I can learn about a Honda Motorcycle. So, let’s learn about the Honda Davidson!
It was 1982, Honda was producing several different styles, and making a killing. They had been doing this for a while. There is nothing wrong with providing a motorcycle people can afford!
Harley Davidson wasn’t having it. They wanted all the money, and had a plan to get it. Harley was struggling at the time, and was willing to do anything. They still made millions in t-shirt sells during this time. Until around 1993, Harley Davidson shirts were the thing! At least it was in the Southern United State.
Harley changed them. No, Honda was never built by Harley. Harley forced Honda to redesign their line of motorcycle. Harley made these Hondas.
Things work differently in America. What would be seen as bad politics, and corruption, elsewhere, is normal politics. See, human kind had started realizing our pollution was destroying the world.
Harley would use this, and the science that says motorcycles are worse than cars, to turn the tables on Honda. HD went shopping.
Harley Davidson would buy them a President of the United States of America! Yes, this really happened. They would use their new purchase to focus on stopping Honda. They would buy themselves laws that said Honda would pay half the motorcycles value in tariffs, for every bike over 700 ccs.
Harley, and their do boy, focused only on Japan. These practices worked for Harley Davidson. Doing this secured their success well into the 90s.
Honda would not be bested in this type of way. People think Honda Motorcycles, and think negative. That’s a stereotype, a wrong one. Honda makes great, everything.
To convert that for you, Honda is worth $129 billion dollars more than Harley. Disrespect is a huge deal in Japan. Honda felt it.
The 1983 V45 Honda Magna! Honda has as many scientists, as Harley has employees. They would throw this education at their motorcycle. They would retool the engine, meeting the new standards, avoiding the tariffs.
And true! They tooled the bike down, getting less ccs, and then figured out how to give it even more power! The V45 is a very punchy bike, pulling a total of 143mph!
If you want a fast, vintage bike, that a normal person can afford, the 83 V45 Magnum is an excellent choice! “It ran when I parked it… In 1984…” Will run you up to $1000. That depends on where they parked it.
The, “I loved it since the day I got it!”, can cost up to $3500. That’s not bad for a fast cruiser, with a great history! That’s it for this one! Thanks for reading!
Down in Florida, hidden in the orange farms, is one badass metric shop! Here you will find a man with the balls to take on any metric build! Motor Psycol J is a master of the Shadow, and most other metrics. One part after another, he creates, and offers to the world. Him and his crew has taken the Shadow from the butt of the joke, to the front of the show.
These guys are really turning out some works of art, when it comes to motorcycles! Every ride they produce, would make anyone a proud owner. They are really changing the minds of a lot of die hard standard riders!
The best part, affordability! These guys will build you an awesome Shadow at a lower price than most basic standard’s asking price. Almost anyone can afford their rides! These bobbers are some of the nicest in the United States!
Then, if a hardtail is not your preferred ride, J has many ideas on how to redesign Shadows into other types of beautiful beast! One ride after another, his crew and himself, changes them into a show stopping custom ride!
These rides are as sweet as the Florida oranges in the picture above! These are some of the best Shadows in the country. To know this, all you have to do is look!
Every once in a while, they will break away from the Shadow, and build a beast like this. This is one nice cafe racer! It is a Bolt that looks as if it is as fast as lightening!
You cant have lightening without a few clouds! This white Shadow is as nice as a little cloud cover on a hot Florida day. Speaking of hot days…
How about some blue as clear as the cleanest water? That fender is a one of. J molded it out of fiberglass, and is the only person offering it!
There is a serious fight on the streets, when his street fighter rolls up! Outside of bobbers, street fighters are my favorite! They are kind of the bobbers of street bikes! Like a bobber, they are stripped down for speed!
If the street fighter doesnt win the war, this Warrior will! This thing should be military green, with an M249 saw attached to the front! It truly looks like a war machine!
That M249 will not chop as hard as this chopper! Look at that rake! How nice is this one? This really goes to show that you can do almost anything with a Shadow! Beautiful.
Not every bike needs a serious custom job. Everyone doesnt want a fully customized bike. Some folks are happy with the way the bike was made. J even does awesome work on those too. This is one nice milk bottle!
Blood, sweat, and tears goes into all of their builds, providing the world with a lot to look at! That’s all we got for today! If you want to see more check them out on Facebook! Please leave us a like and omment!
Through out history tattoos have gotten many raps. In America, they have about every rap. Some are seen as good things, like memorials, or religions. Some are seen as gang signs, and some are seen as just art. In this, we explore the rights of a person with tattoos.
People make the choice to express themselves in many ways. Some write, some draw, some get tattoos. Tattoos are covered under the freedom of speech. A a tattoo is a person’s expression. However, the artist that does the art, has almost no rights. In America, we protect all types of artist. They have rights just for them, and laws to protect them. Our constitution starts with the protection of art. Art like speech and all other types of expression. Yet, a tattoo artist is only threatened by laws.
In South Carolina, which has only legalized tattoos in the last 15 years or so, an artist cannot tattoo fingers, hands, necks, or people’s faces. You can bet, we as citizens, do not really care about that law. We get them done anyways. The artist doesn’t have a choice, if they want to eat. I got eight on my fingers, illegally, in a legal shop. It is my body. If a person can change their sex, i should be able to color my body.
The workplace… We all know the laws a workplace is forced to follow, when it comes to the freedom of expressing ourselves. If we decide we we no longer feel like a man, we can change ourselves into a woman. They cannot fire us, or punish us. This is protected.
Freedom is a strange thing. You can put on a dress and show up for work, and nobody can tell you any different, or hold it against you. You can do this for as long as you want. You can go as far as to use the Ladies’ room! Now, if you put a big pretty piece of artwork on your arm, and some opinionated person runs the company, you are fired. It does not seem fair.
For me, on your time, wear the dress. If it is my company, you would be given a uniform. Everyone would dress the same, and i would not deal with the whole sex argument. As for tattoos, i got nine of mine to say to hell with the rules, and visible, so i don’t have to work for those types. I would protect my tatted up employees. If you had a problem with my employees, we would not do business.
I see it as a person’s sexual preference is protected, because it is their pursuit to happiness. I see them changing their appearance as their freedom of expression. I also see a person getting a tattoo as a person on their pursuit to happiness. I see them as a person showing off their freedom of expression. In my opinion, tattooed people changed their body for the rest of their life. They should be protected.
But… When it comes to rights, you must consider them all. An employer has worked hard for what they have. It belongs to them. As you do on your property, they have the right to decide. The right to private property, and control of that property, should trump any freedom of expression, and all other freedoms, unless it is pointing out wrong doing on that property. Business owners keep the world turning, they have rights ,and rules to follow. Having the choice to have employees without tattoos, or that overly express the sexual preference, should always be a right the employer has.
Thanks for reading! What do you think? Should getting a tattoo give you special rights?
So… A guy, just a normal guy, a biker, of course, gets tattoos. He decides on some witchcraft looking, biker, tattoos. If you have tattoos, you know how they become your art. His became his.
He rides, and is proud of his new art. He shows it off. People like his tattoos. He finds patches to match… Time passes. Some see his tattoos and pathces, and decide he shouldn’t have them. He didnt earn them. Their plan, go to his home, beat him up, bust up his bike, and rob his home. He decides that is not going to happen. He defends his home.
Unfortunate for him, he is out numbered, and ends up murdered. See, his tattoos were close to being Pagan MC and Warlock MC tattoos. A couple members of those clubs decided they would take their club, nation wide clubs, from charitable 501cs, that helps people, to an OMG. They decided they would conduct themselves as gang members.
A club member walks a fine line. It takes one action, from one member, under that club’s name, to turn a club member into a gang member. Only a couple members have put these entire chapters in trouble. Now, because of the cut, every member is seen as a gang member. Every member can be charged with murder. The city has decided to charge a few members with gang activity.
Anti-gang laws are serious laws. Ricco is even worse. If the federal government wanted to, because they done the crimes under the club names, they could go after entire clubs, nationwide. Lucky for clubs, the fed knows these couple people, acting on their own, doesn’t represent these clubs.
Some laws are old laws, and can be used against members. Here in South Carolina, we have crazy lynching laws. It is very easy to catch a 15 year charge. Watching a fight is enough to catch a charge for 2nd degree lynching. I was charged with it for breaking up a fight. I broke it up by grabbing a fighter. In this state, that is a guilty verdict.
By grabbing the person, i took away their ability to defend themselves. Being able to use the internet, i found out that i was probably going to prison. Here, the right thing can cost you your freedom. Lucky for me, the person decided it was not fair to do me like that, and had the charges dropped. Lucky for S.C., the laws are being abused, like giving a guy 20 years for a simple bar fight, and are being changed.
Here is a little advice; Make prospects serve the entire time. Feel people out. Learn everything about a person that might represent your club. Follow the bi-laws. Smart people wrote those. They are how a club survives. They are how a club gets a nationwide club. Numbers are hard to get, but never lower their standards. The people above, they murdered a guy for tattoos. Would it not be smarter to try to get him to prospect? Then, if you didnt earn it, dont wear it. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed your time here!
How about a quick how to? Here you will find how to wrap pipes, the pros, and the cons.
Use dishwashing gloves. That shit will itch you to death. It is a very fine fiberglass.
Then, wrap it from the bottom to the top. This will make it lap like a roof, top over bottom, and water won’t get in. Your pipes won’t rust.
If you dont use the silcone, you screwed up. Your wraps will fall apart, and discolor from the sun and water, very fast.
USE THE SPRAY SILICONE! REAPPLY IT EVERY NOW AND THEN! IT WILL MAKE THE FIBERGLASS LAST LONGER! The wraps above, they were black. Without the spray, this will happen, fast.
SPRAY SILICONE ON THE WRAPS! HEAT THE PIPES UP, SPRAY IT AGSIN. SILCONE WILL SOAK INTO THE LAPS THIS WAS, SEALING THEM UP. SPRAY IT AGAIN. This is a pretty big Pro for wrapping your pipes. It helps keep your pipes less rusty.
Pros, less rust. Cons, it will rot. It will get on your leg, and it will itch. Thanks for reading!
A trick… unroll a roll of black. Lay it in the sun for a couple weeks. It will evenly turn a lighter shade of black. Use it and a new roll of black. Now, wrap which ever color you want
Over on Facebook, I take request for articles, stories, and such. The challenge is enjoyable, and the knowledge is priceless. The question was from Greg Henderson. He would like to know how the company, and bike got the names.
Challenge accepted! Here you will find the answer to Greg’s questions, and more. This is basically a complete histroy of Indian, up to today.
Thanks for the request, Greg! This gives me a big opportunity to cancel some myths, and tell some histroy. There is a lot of confusion in the American motorcycle histroy. This will answer your questions, and shed some light on some facts.
First, the name. By today’s standards, we’ll some people of today’s standards, it should be deemed as racist. That is wrong. Indian motorcycles took the name Indian after the American Native, at the time, known as the American Indian. This was the only name for the entire first people of America.
Beings the Native were first, and Indian was America’s first motorcycle company, they honored them with the names. The Scout was the biggest and baddest of the 1920s, and made up a lot of the Pacer and Cafe racer scene. So, it was a fitting name. I scout hunted down their pray, and so would this bike.
A lot of people think Harley was America’s first motorcycle company, this is not true. Indiand was built in 1897 by a man named George Hendree loved to race. He met a racer who had built his own pacer. Hendree would take the racer, and bike, back to Hendree Bicycle company, and Indian would be born. By 1901 the Indian Motorcycle would be in production. It would be another 3 years before the first Harley Davidson rolled off the line.
Hendree loved to race, and would build his bikes to be the best. By 1911, just ten years after opening his doors, he had become the top of the Isle of Man TT Races. He would have three top finishers, and win the race.
We’re people really small enough for that little bike to carry three of them? By 1912 Indian had became America’s first motorcycle sold around the world. They would continue to be “America’s ” motorcycle until July 11, 1914.
Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Co. Would join the war efforts, along with Harley Davidson, and many other Americans motorcycle manufacturers. This is not to say that Indian was the first War Bike.
Harley Davidson invented the first Murdercycle. The United States Military would use it in 1916. They would force Panco Villa back into Mexico with it. Harley was the first American military motorcycle.
1916 would also bring a great change to the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Co. I like to think he was a racer, and a biker. He knew the freedom we feel, hell, he made it American, and could not watch his company go to war. Racing and riding isn’t about these thing. So, in 1916, after carrying his company to the top, George Hendree retired.
Indian Motorcycles would enter into WW1 ready for war. They would fight in Europe. Because they were shaft driven, unlike Harley, they would fight in the Desert Theaters of World War 1.
Another advantage over the Harley was the foot shifter. The Harley of the time had a handshift. Freeing up hands in war is a smart thing.
Government money is good money, but never forget where you came from. Indian Motorcycles would do just that. As Hendree left, they turned all their attention to the war efforts. They would build the bikes, and start schools to train soldiers to repair them.
Harley Davidson would also join the war efforts, but eould not forget where they came from. Unlike Indian, they would continue to focus on customer sells, and products for the public. Unfortunately for Indian, the war would only last 4 years.
After the war, Indian would find it hard to get back the dealers, after they left them out to dry. They would get some back with the Scout, but not many. Harley had picked up a lot of them, and took care of them during the war. Harley Davidson had started to become the American Peoples’ Motorcycle.
Lucky for Indian, one of the best motorcycle riders of the time, to hear Hollywood tell it, road their motorcycle. In 1927, Steve McQueen would ride Indian back into American hearts and minds. He would continue for some time.
In the 30s, Indian started designing for style and comfort. They designed a lot of the looks and styles people remodel bikes to, today. This is a bobber, by today’s definition. I am personally finishing up a bike in this style. The styles of these bikes are why we are talking about them, now. Then old Indians have the looks…
Throughout the 1930s, Indian would regain their popularity with the American people, and knock a decent dent in Harley. But, as you know, in 1942, we went back to war.
Indian would go on to repeat the same mistake. They would quickly retool their factory for their new Murdercycle. They would call it the Indian 841. This bike eould basically be the end of Indian Motorcycles Manufacturing Co. At least the first nail.
Let me introduce to you, the 1940 Harley Davidson Model UL Murdercycle! Hatley learned a lot during WW1. Things like there were two markets for motorcycles. One civilian, one government. Indian retooled the same factories. Another nail.
Basically all Indian could put out was a badass bobber, painted green. Harley, on the other hand, they were in the business of war machines, and had been for most of the companies life. Indian’s was not able to compete. Nail…
On September 2nd, 1945, after the napalm was lit, and the atomic bombs were dropped, the war ended. The bombs America dropped, they were not only overseas. As the war ended, Indian would count their losses.
During the war, Harley Davidson sold 88,000 motorcycles to the war effort, making millions. Indian had no chance. They had shaft driven bikes, that is all. The machine gun side car won the war, for Harley.
Indian, being a shaft driven bike, still had a place in the war. Unfortunately it was a very small place. They only sold 1000 motorcycles. Harley was officially the American Military motorcycle.
Indian would fight hard over the next few years. Their late 1940s product line would include some of the most beautiful bikes ever made. They would even go back to their roots, and try to get into racing.
Still, after the war profit and losses, Indian stood no chance. Harley was able to keep their dealerships during World War 2. Indian failed at this, by chasing government contracts. Nails…
By the 1950s Indian was struggling to make it. They were redesigning everything they could. This made a lot of the 50s models unwanted. Those nails…
That’s a beautiful bike, but that seat? Indian was losing their touch, races, and customers. Sales slumped. People wanted Harley. It had nothing to do with performance, or looks.
Do you know what happens to military surplus when it no longer has a use? It is sold to Hollywood. This mass influx of Harley Davidson motorcycles caused the mass influx of biker movies. Indian lost McQueen to Harley back in the late 30s. They had no place anymore. Yes, I know the picture is from 1963, but it shows my point. The final nails…
In 1953, Indian would take their last swing at a motorcycle for the American people. Unfortunately, their chosen path would not allow the to make it. They failed at keeping up with the people. They failed at engineering for the military. 1953 would be the final nail. Indian would close their doors, ending the first American motorcycle company.
They would go bankrupt. Those nails, it wasn’t a coffin that we built. We built a resting place, a place for Indian to hibernate. For almost 60 years, Indian would sleep. Waiting for someone to come and wake her up. Some tried, but they all failed.
As AMF did for Harley Davidson back in 1969, and Hero Motorcycles is doing for Harley in India, someone stepped up to carry Indian into the future.
In 2011, Polaris closed their own motorcycle line, Victory Motorcycles. They would bring back the American classic, Indian Motorcycles. If Indian is lucky, one day they might, once again, stand as their own American company. AMF worked for Harley. Maybe Polaris will work for Indian.
That’s all I got for today! Thanks, Greg, for the idea, and thank you all for reading!
And ladies, as always, you are first. Please let me show you our new pony tail holders! They are all handmade by Kris Kay!
Now that is biker lady style! See, Kris was raised by his mother and sister. He was taught crafts, make up, and even how to do hair! He finds himself paying attention to the fashion that he is around.
Look at that, he made it so you could wear it two ways! That’s good designing! After setting off on ride after ride, Kris started noticing pony tail wraps, and other products.
He seen this as a leather tube sock, stuck in a lady’s hair. He did not find this appealing. So, Kris started thinking. How could he change the cocksock looking wrap?
Kris has always been into fashion. As a teen, he would work all week, delivering pizza, and would spend it all on one pair of pants! He has always cared about how he looks, and even those that he dates, even going as far as to shop for her clothing.
Kids these days… Their nose rings. Their crazy colored hair. What are they thinking? Whatever it is, Kris was thinking it 20 years before them.
20 years is a long time. Kris found himself on many adventures in life. Music played a large part. Concerts were something he loved. It didn’t matter if it was Luke Bryan, or Mushroom Head, he noticed that leather crosses all lines.
Then, he seen this vacuum house end that someone stuck in this pour lady’s hair! You can tell man designed this horrid article of clothing. Kris thought about his life. He thought about he how he designed clothing for men, has artist making leather products being designed for men, but had nothing to offer the ladies.
Seeing the terrible attempts at styles, and the rubber band, pony tail holder, he decided he would sit down and desisomwthing nice enough for a lady to feel pretty wearing.
After a few tries, and asking around, Kris found a style and design ladies enjoy! So now A Biker’s Life For Me has its first installment into our leather line! Not all of them will be this way! We have three other designs, waiting to be finished up! We will be offering pink stones, rose buttons, and other great designs!
Thanks for reading! I hope you are looking forward to seeing what we all have to offer! Stay safe, and have a blast!
These baggers, I like them. They remind me of Roman chariots, for kings. These are the top of custom bikes, in my opinion. They guy that built it, I give him mad respect.
These big wheels take a lot more to build than one of my bobbers. My bobbers, I can make a mistake, and leave it as character. You make a mistake on these big wheels, you better fix it. This is not bobber money!
Myself, I say I build bobbers. I have not had the chance to move on. Of course, I have put some bikes back to factory, but that doesn’t count as a build.
Check http://www.abikerslifeforme.com . You will find a whole page for a bagger build. There is one coming up, and I’ll be part of the build. We will be moving up!
If you dont like, or build baggers you shouldn’t really be saying you build bikes. Baggers are the top. Every club almost requires them. You wont find many clubs allowing a bobber, Cafe racer, or anything else, in. If you want to make a living, you better be in with the clubs.
Real quick, thank you guys for stopping by here. Truthfully, support is had to get. A Biker’s Life For Me is growing everyday. Yall try not to forget that only one person is doing this. Help was not possible to find.
If you can, stop by the sticker gallery and pick up a sticker. They are just $8. Every little bit of support helps. I’m trying to upgrade my site to have a serious store, to sell bikes. It isnt free. Selling stickers is going to get me there! Thanks for reading!