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Offline onazoomerF

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Attack of the Canadian Red Squirrel,
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:25:12 PM »
So, I thought it to be a nice day to ready the GW250. Pulled off the Suzuki cover and ... Seemed like a mountain of Sunflower seeds had been blown in like insulation or bedding. Then I noticed that gizzmo that adjusts your rear suspension cushioning. It had what looked like white edges in spots, and dullness from the nice factory finish, where SOMETHING HAD CHEWED on it.

That was bad enough. Then I saw this piece of wire; just lying there uselessly. Then I vacumed out the seeds and found another red/black wire just laying there. THEN I found a large partial rectangle of soft rubber. It too had been chewed.

Funny thing is, it seems as though this was selective grazing by WHAT EVER it was. It seemed not to have touched my factory wires. So I hope I'm alright.  They(?) seemed to have targeted my battery charger extension. I'll investigate replacement, later.

In the mean time, can anyone identify what this black, soft, rectangular thingy is and where should it be located?

One photo shows the suspension adjuster, with chew marks / finish

One photo shows the under saddle battery storage after the vaccuming.

Any ideas why this (likely red squirrel) found a warm tent under the bike cover and was so selective in his wiring "taste"?

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Re: Attack of the Canadian Red Squirrel,
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2020, 12:01:29 AM »
i dont know how they got under there but thats your battery cushion  :152: sits right underneath it, have the chewed through the under try as well to pull it through?
I'll have a go on anything... with 2 wheels you dirty git!!

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Re: Attack of the Canadian Red Squirrel,
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2020, 10:43:01 AM »
No. They didn't eat into the tray. YET. 

I had the battery out for winter, so the bike cover gave a nice access, space, and shelter, I guess.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2020, 10:45:59 AM by onazoomerF »

Offline Mertin2wheels

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Re: Attack of the Canadian Red Squirrel,
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2020, 11:30:06 AM »
 :008: well you did your part for them over winter
I'll have a go on anything... with 2 wheels you dirty git!!

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Re: Attack of the Canadian Red Squirrel,
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2020, 02:58:41 PM »
Well, they might look kinda plasticy in the yard this summer.   How'd they digest that plastic and wire combo?   

Got an idea to replace that battery tray?  I have to wait for a shipment of engine oil, so I've got time.

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Re: Attack of the Canadian Red Squirrel,
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2020, 10:52:26 PM »
Terminator squirrels  :018:

id be tempted to re purpose a rubber matt of some sort its just a little cushioning for the battery i had mine out today, have stripped the back end and cut away the under tray just leaving the battery holder, weather permits building a new under tray and housing for the loom and electrical gizmos  tomorrow
I'll have a go on anything... with 2 wheels you dirty git!!

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Re: Attack of the Canadian Red Squirrel,
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2020, 05:51:04 AM »
Thanks again for the replies, Mertin2wheels.   

I'm considering an ol' chunk of neoprene for under the battery. I may use a little firmer version of foam I have, as the neoprene may not live well there. .

I see the original tray has several openings on the side and lots on the bottom to vent dirt and liquids.

Don't know, but I have time to contemplate before I get my oil order next week. From then on, it will be perfect ride conditions 'til September. Without fail.