Thursday, February 14, 2013

Interesting Address

This evening, I put on two of three manufactuer logo plates onto the sidecar. The previous owner probably removed them when he had the tub painted. It's a bit difficult to read but the address on the plate for Cozy India is "5, Hansra Lane, Near Police Station, Byculla, Mumbai-400 027". I couldn't get a location when I entered it into Google Maps. Maybe Google didn't like the "Near Police Station" part of the address. I think that the address is rather interesting if nothing else.

I ordered a couple of silicone heat pads today that I think I can fit on the bike. They are 1"x5" @25 watts and 2"x5" @50 watts. There are flat, smooth areas free of fins on the side of the oil pan as well as on the side of the engine under the cylinders. I think that the smaller pad would easily fit in either location. The other location for a heat pad is under the battery. I don't want to "cook" the battery with too much heat and I was thinking about mounting the heat pad to the battery mounting plate. I have been using similar pads for years on engine and transmission oil pans but all of them hold a lot more oil and I'm rarely concerned about the appearance under the vehicle. But these would be a lot more visible.

If it's at least 0°F tomorrow morning, I think I'll ride in again. Today would've been a great day as it was almost 20°F by late afternoon.

Photo by A. Holte
Friday morning update - It's +9°F this morning so I rode in to work again. It's snowing so riding through the gently falling snow (no wind) was a new and a nice experience. I'll see how the bike starts and runs later on today. I did bring in the battery tender as that way I'll be sure that the battery is fully charged. I just added the photo this afternoon that a colleague had taken. Notice the extension cord running to the wall...

8 comments:

Trobairitz said...

What an interesting description of an address. I guess they figure most people know where the police station is.

Glad you have the heating pads ordered, maybe slip one under your seat covering too. :-)

Unknown said...

Richard:

Trobairitz had an excellent idea. I'm thinking you should mount the heat pad using Velcro, and then after you start your bike you can move it up to your seat where you have another velcro pad. Wouldn't a heated seat feel nice when you are riding ?

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

RichardM said...

Hmmm, heated seats.

I thought the the address was interesting especially since Mumbai is large, in fact the 4th largest city in the world.

RichardM said...

Except the extension cord would really limit range. Or I could put a small generator in the sidecar...

Unknown said...

Richard:

Oh Oh ! Now I'm nearly laughing . . . I just wasn't thinking . . .

It's sort of like having cablevision on your RV, you need a really long cable

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

redlegsrides said...

So how did she do after work?

RichardM said...

Just like a few days ago, really slow cranking but eventually started. And after about five minutes, started to run rough and was running rich. But between starting and that point, smooth running engine. The studs are still all in the tires, none have come out and there is still lots of metal above the tread.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Charlie asked the question I had re: the start after work. I'm envious Richard, looks like such a nice way to extend the season. My trips wouldn't have to be summer-length, a few miles would more than keep me satisfied for the long dark months.