Cafe build

This section is for discussion on old/classic motorbikes. Also please use this section to put your project and restoration threads.
Message
Author
Ricky2019
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:41 pm

Cafe build

#1 Post by Ricky2019 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:16 pm

Hey this may sound dim but here goes. On scramblers and cafe racers is the battery exposed to the elements or are they covered with some kind of protection? I've seen a few cafe builds taking all the body work off, just wondering if it is exposed how does the battery cope with rain??

mikestrivens
Posts: 2891
Joined: Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:41 am
Bike(s): Triumph Tiger 800 XCx 2015
Location: Peak District nr. Stockport
Has Liked: 817 times
Been Liked: 920 times

Re: Cafe build

#2 Post by mikestrivens » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:39 pm

Hello and welcome. I'd expect the electrics to have some sort of protection.
Regards
Mike Strivens

Bikes:
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, 2015,
used to have Honda VFR800 & Harley Fatboy
Cars:
Mercedes SL500 R129 V8 (1999); Mercedes E320 W124 S6 (1995); Mercedes S600 W140 V12 (1995).

User avatar
Tango
Moderator
Posts: 14787
Joined: Sat May 21, 2011 10:54 am
Gender: Male
Bike(s): Triumph Speed Triple 1050, CB750 Project bike
Location: Huntingdon, Cambs
Challenge Score: 20
Has Liked: 1732 times
Been Liked: 1311 times

Re: Cafe build

#3 Post by Tango » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:18 pm

Some hide the battery in the seat hump on cafe racers..... :wink:
I feel the need....the need for Speed......Triple

fastbob
Posts: 5112
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:42 pm
Gender: Male
Bike(s): Harley Davidson 1200 Roadster and er5
Location: Coventry
Has Liked: 2742 times
Been Liked: 2421 times

Re: Cafe build

#4 Post by fastbob » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:03 am

If the battery is hidden from view there's a good chance that it's one of these new Li-ion batteries ( I think that's right 😏) I understand that they are smaller and lighter and it doesn't matter which way up they go which makes them ideal for squeezing into odd spaces. Back to the original question, can a battery be exposed to the elements ? We'll yes , as long as the terminals can't arc to any nearby object there shouldn't be any issues. If they can keep acid or gel in then they can certainly keep water out.