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skywhisperer
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Today, I'm...
  • 14:05 *sigh* The battery in the bike died today. In a parking lot. #
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driftingfocus From: driftingfocus Date: July 1st, 2008 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Much suckage.
motomuffin From: motomuffin Date: July 1st, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Better in a parking lot than on the road, mid-turn. :-P
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 1st, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
True. Of course, unless I'm sadly misunderstanding my electrical system, the engine wouldn't have stopped - it just wouldn't have restarted.
motomuffin From: motomuffin Date: July 1st, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I had a cranky old Shadow that blew its charging system (regulator/rectifier and stator all at once). Tried to ride it to a Dr. appointment, and once the bike had run the battery down with no recharging happening, it just died. On the road. Mid-turn. No fun at all, that afternoon. Better you're in a parking lot. :-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 2nd, 2008 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
And only half a mile from home, too. And I managed to get a reasonably close battery in less then an hour. So it really wasn't that bad.

I knew better, too - it's been getting harder and harder to start, and last weekend I started making noise about getting a new battery, but I didn't. When I pulled it out to replace it, I discovered it wasn't really a sealed battery - and it had about 1/4 inch of water left in the bottom. It looked sealed, but when you pulled it out, it plainly had fill lines on the side, and what looked like a molded piece of plastic pops off the top to get to the fill holes.

I'd looked at it before, but since it didn't have visible fill ports, I'd assumed it was sealed. So I deserved to get stuck in a parking lot for being an idiot. :)
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