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Old 01-10-2009, 08:38 PM   #1486
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Originally Posted by AngryScot
You said "plan"

Better than 'map', which as you can tell I haven't looked yet!!!

BUT, I did get an awesome atlas of California from an ADV friend with ALL of the roads in CA in there.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:40 PM   #1487
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Originally Posted by Just_Sean

Maybe Canada???

Canada's a daytrip baby

and I know the nightspots in Van & some locals
From here, yes. I'll follow you.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:19 PM   #1488
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Bluhduh Dead batteries are 'funner' at the begining of the ride than in the middle.

Gorgeous out.
Sunny, but cool.
I've been in bed straight for the last 7 days and 5 before that.
Finally started to feel human yesterday and vowed to ride today.
Even if for just a short coast loop.
Lunch, mail and home..........

The southernmost shore of the Nicasio Resevoir...........

The Tiger mingling with (spying on) the heifers....

Would not want to meet with the business end of that in a dark alley!

So I arrive in Pt Reyes, hungry as a bear.....
My mission?

My distraction?
New Motto Guzzi at the gas station.........

Ohhh..I was just looking at pictures of this bike last night!!!

Thanks to these guys, who turned out to be ADV'ers, for letting me geek out for a few!

We chatted about the Guzzis and the triumphs for a few and just as I was saying 'no real complaints with the Tiger, see you guys later and I think I'm going to head out to the light house'...........



I had already given them the thumbs up sign and they were gone........

So, I figure I'll try the obvious, check all the connections......

X5 now.

So I fiddle for an hour.
Almost starts a few times, enough to give you that false sense of hope..... Everyone I knew in the area was out and about, so no luck with any phone calls.
And every bike that stopped to this point admitted they were 'not a mechanic' and said the same thing........'Check your connections'.

I hope my 7th thanks sounded as genuine as the first.

Finally, a super nice kid on a crotch rocket came over to ask what was up. Told him what I was trying to do and that I wasn't sure if bump starting it would solve the problem....
He said 'let's try to jump it'. He went off and found some cables and came back. What a good boy!!!

Took us about 10 min or so.....
Finally, Ignition.... Success!!
Now frustrated, happy and hot, I decide it's in my best interest to get the bike in to see what's going on. Hopefully it's just the battery....

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Old 01-10-2009, 09:58 PM   #1489
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Originally Posted by the darth peach
...maybe roll to Canada.
Dibs to buy you lunch!

If you get to Washington, Idaho or Montana!
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:54 PM   #1490
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dead batteries are the WORST !
good to see you out of the house
"when there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth"
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:01 AM   #1491
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So much for the light house.........

Off to San Francisco........

A quick change of direction........

And a quick change of scenery..........

I made it to Munroe Motors and they took my bike right in to have a look at the problem........
Thought I'd go outside and have a look at the demo bikes.......

Just as I was contemplating a test ride, I hear "TROUBLE!! What are you doing here?!" from across the street.....
HEY!! It's Patrick! Crazy Irishman!!
Last time I saw him he was gimpy after being hit on his motorcycle on the GGB years ago!
ALWAYS good to see your friends upright and healthy!!

My bike is done now.
A new battery.
Let's hope that's all it is.......

Off to the Embarcadero to take the scenic route back to the bridge........
Look at this!

And THIS!!

The Bay Bridge Peach......

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Old 01-11-2009, 02:32 AM   #1492
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A new battery. How old was the one in there? I've had the same problem with one BMW with a cell going bad and lucky enough that it was still under the 3 year warranty by 2 months.
Beautiful pictures as usual.

A '00 KLR 650 40,000 miles, A '07 1250S 74,000 , A '03 5.3L Chevy Truck 78,000 + '43 style dude , Simper Fi ;-)
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:21 AM   #1493
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Hey DP.

Spent 4 hours cathing up to date on your thread, fantastic photos and what a sense of humour........great stuff.......
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:45 AM   #1494
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Good to see ya up and about, R!

Txt msg with Dan right after he was paralyzed:
Me: Hey Dan-O. Just wanted to say howdy and Love ya!
Dan: Howdy and Love you too. Doin' good and feeling good.
Me: Give 'em hell, little Bro!
Dan: Roger that.
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:38 AM   #1495
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money well spent
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:40 AM   #1496
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Good to see you out and about again. Great pix as usual.

If'n you get anywhere near the Ontario/Michigan interface, I'll buy you a coffee or barley pop, whichever is appropriate.

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Old 01-11-2009, 07:19 AM   #1497
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Great shots again.

I've got a new battery for the GS sitting on the stairs right now. Too cold and too busy to ride. Maybe I'll install it this afternoon.

The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors;
that which it loves, and also that which it fears.

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Old 01-11-2009, 07:32 AM   #1498
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Originally Posted by the darth peach

Where do you keep the whips that go with this chain? Yikes!
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:44 AM   #1499
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Good pics again, glad the tiger was an easy fix

Glad ur better as well
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:57 AM   #1500
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Battery Trouble SUCKS!

I had my wing on a battery tender the first time I deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2007. When I got home it was unplugged. When I asked my lovely wife about it she says "The LED turned GREEN so I unplugged it!"

About a month after I got back I'm done gassing up the Gold Wing and I hit the starterbutton only to hear "CLICK" No a bike you can bump-start solo either!

I shut it off, waited 2 min and the next try it S L O W L Y cranked over but started

Off to the dealer to get a new battery despite having a tender - oh well!

This past deployment she knew better and left the tender plugged in!!!

Live and Learn.

ANYWAY, I'm now going to have a tender hookup permanently hooked up to the bike and just plug it in when I'm not riding to keep the battery 100% since I use so many electrical goodies (like most wingers I like my "toys" )

I used an Xtreme charger, it costs a little more but it "pulse charges" teh battery to prevent what they call "Sulfation" which kills batteries.

It costs about $100 which is expensive, but if my batteries last 2-3x as long then it pays for itself (vs payin' $150 a pop for a GL1800 battery!!)

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