Sunday, June 28, 2009


I really need to get that new battery.

We've been soaked with rain this spring (one of the many reasons for me not being on the road), and my friend Todd asked me to check in on the family cabin at Pine Creek. He lives in Florida. I live an hour and a half from from the cabin. Scouting report? No problem. I love it when a reason to ride falls into your lap.

I rolled the bike out of the garage. It started on the first try. Things were looking good. I stopped at Graham's Exxon to check tire pressure and tank up. It's an old school service stations with three bays, a small office, and full service.

I switched on the bike—no go. The battery only had enough juice for one start.

We tried to jump it, but bike batteries being what they are, the terminals were too difficult to reach for the standard cable clips. I'll log this as a four block ride and try again in the morning after the battery has had a chance to charge.

Sorry Todd, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that scouting report.


Steve Williams said...

Sounds as if it is time for a new battery. Nothing more discouraging that silence when you hit the starter button, especially with no kick start.

Jumper cables will do the trick though even with a motorcycle and a car. As long as you have the tools available to get to the battery.

The BMW looks pretty nice, even in that old garage.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

Sojourner rides said...

Gosh! I hate when that happens! I had a battery stall on me recently on my secondary bike (sv650) and it created a bunch of subsequent dramas that made the day a challenge.