From:Doug Miller e-mail:radarsprint-A-yahoo.com
Subject:RE: RE: Looking for some advice on my '59 165 Date:Sat Apr 28 09:37:47 2012
Response to:17320
Kurt,

To get an old battery to hold a charge: There are many ways a battery may fail, each battery would have to be diagnosed and the problem repaired, repairing just not done at home. Diagnosis would be done at a battery service shop, "Start-mart", or such.

A break in the lead connection would require removing the top re-welding the connection replacing the top & seal. (To connect two pieces of the same metal pieces together is welding isn't it?) The most common problem with batteries used through a good life is the lead salt that falls to the bottom of the battery filling some space until it starts shorting the plates together, you'd need to remove the "Sulfonate" (lead-sulfide. and fill it with new acid.

Both these require handling the sulfuric acid covered contents, not a project I've ever felt like tackling.

Since you do have a battery you might get a (good) battery shop to remove the top and you could keep the original battery box. You do have the metal battery cover don't you?

The style with running light flanking the headlight and taillights may not have had them flash just stay on for general good looks.

Modification to fit the turn indicators-- I turned the lights into a 12 volt system & use LEDs but you don't have to. The 4 brush generator (like yours) would push a seldom used light though the "blink generator" does draw lots of power and unlikely to be found as a 6volt solid state item. The higher voltage-smaller amperage lights allow me to use smaller wires in the handlebars but a standard Harley item is wires outside the bar turn indicator switch. the light mounts themselves are a rider option as to how to install them.

I use a sportster turn switch that has the same appearance as the stock high-low switch but a detente to allow it to stop centered -non conducting- And welded onto the high-low so the wires all come through the same hole. (jewelry work to get the bodies to blend) I placed a vid on youtube of my Dad riding my bike around a parking lot search "125 Harley" maybe add "Hummer" if you get to many referrals You'll get to see many like yours but your bike is prettier than most.

I also choose to ride my bike. I placed a vid on youtube of my Dad riding my bike around a parking lot, search "125 Harley" maybe add "Hummer" if you get to many referrals You'll get to see many like yours (but your bike is prettier than most).

You may not need a regulator your generator charges doesn't it?

Doug