Thursday I was out and about on the bike. When I got home I forgot to turn the lights off – which of course I didn’t realize until later that day when I went to go out again.
Yup, DEAD BATTERY. No problem, I have a trickle charger – actually I have TWO but that’s another story !! LOL
Hooked up the trickle charger for overnight and tried it again yesterday ----- NOTHING !!
In order to get at the battery you have to take the seat off. I don’t have the right gizmo thingie for that ( I do NOW I can assure you ) !! This happened to me last Fall while I was in Osoyoos, BC and a fellow rider who was staying at the Park got the seat off to discover the terminal connections to the battery were loose. Tightened them up, put the charger on again and the battery charged and everything has been fine since.
I was hoping it was going to be something simple like that – but first I had to get the seat off.
Called CAA/AAA, guy comes out and doesn’t have the right thingie to get the seat off. It only an allen key ( I didn’t have the right size ) !! He leaves. CAA/AAA call me back to say their drivers are not required to have such tools on their trucks !! The only way they can help me is to have the bike TOWED somewhere.
I pondered my situation and decided to see if I can get someone local to come out here (knowing full well I would have to pay that cost). I got lucky – very lucky. This young man was fabulous and he is also a fellow rider, as is his Brother and Father (who owns the Auto/Towing Company). So he knows his way around a motorcycle.
Got the seat off in a matter of seconds and determined the terminal connections were not loose – so why wasn’t it charging ?? Put his jumper cables on but still nothing.
Roger was PERSISTENT !! But no matter what he tried the bike wouldn’t start. It would ‘turn-over’ like it was about to but just couldn’t seem to get enough juice to start.
Throughout all of this it was RAINING – sometimes very heavily !! But Roger wasn’t giving up !
He decided to go back to his shop to get another motorcycle battery to try that – to determine if the problem was indeed my battery – or something else.
As soon as he put the other battery in she started up right away. OH WHAT A LOVELY SOUND !!
By this time it is almost 8:00PM (last night) and yet he calls around a few places to see if he can get me a new battery. NO LUCK.
He finally left saying he WILL get a new battery and be back the next morning (today).
If anyone is ever in the Chattahoochee, Florida area and need any type of service I would strongly recommend RISING SONS & COMPANY.
Update to follow….