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post #21 of 36 Old 04-17-2017, 08:22 PM
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Started out in Connecticut on a weekend trip through the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont. Stopped for gas and got stung in the butt by a bee. I could barely sit and had to hang my butt cheek off to the side on my way home.
That's a half assed story if I ever heard one
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post #22 of 36 Old 04-18-2017, 07:13 AM
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Bee sting causing a trip ending? wussy.
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post #23 of 36 Old 04-18-2017, 10:43 AM
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A late season storm in western MT circa 77 or 78, spent the night at a motel west of Missoula in the mountains, in the morning the bikes were buried. Ended up spending 4 days there waiting it out. That burned up all our free time and ended up running south and home. I was on an Ironhead, my buddy on a Honda CB.
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post #24 of 36 Old 04-18-2017, 01:07 PM
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I was on my way home from a trip to Moab and pulled into Stugis. Paid for a room, unloaded everything and went out to the bike to go for diner. The KIPASS, ignition system on my 08 Concours, decided to poo the bed. Kawasaki had been having a problem with the key assembly. You didn't need a key. Push down and turn, as long as it accepted the FOB, hit the start button. A ball point pen type spring would malfunction and wouldn't allow the bike to run.
I banged on the key assembly, for a few hours and it started. Long story short, left it running, repacked the bike, ate the room, and hit the road. I figured I get as close to home as I could get and rent a truck or decide then.
I ended up riding 1200 miles in the next 24 hours, and finishing the next 600 miles, taking short naps. The bike ran fine and even if you stalled, it would restart, as long as you didn't turn the switch off.
I skimmed a cement divider on the Pennsy Turnpike, and shaved my saddlebag, when I nodded for a second, but managed to keep the rubber up.
When I finally shut it off at home, it wouldn't start again, without the same beating, as when I left Sturgis. It got fixed under warranty, but I was never a KIPASS fan, from then on.
I sold my Concours because of that stupid KIPAss failing more than once. Only time the bike every stranded me was because of that unnecessary tech.
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post #25 of 36 Old 04-18-2017, 03:48 PM
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I have an "almost".
USAF - going to my new assignment in Fortuna ND.
Left Spearfish SD at dusk figured I'd get a couple more towns in.
Around 11'ish I can't find any hotels open so I drop by the local cop shop.
Guy on duty calls everywhere within 100 miles and none have rooms - says I can stay in a cell for free.
I slept in - woke with a drunk smelling like barf in the cell with me and the nice cop nowhere to be seen.
Cops on duty say they have nothing wrote up on me so they assume I'm in there for a reason.
I was going to have to stay in there until they could get ahold of this guy who apparently was headed out on a fishing trip.
Thank God they got hold of him and he sheepishly admitted his fault.
By this time the smelly drunk was up and claiming he was with me.
Pew! Moral of the story is don't push it - leave time to find a resting point.
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post #26 of 36 Old 04-18-2017, 09:25 PM
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So how was the jail food while you waited for release?
If you ain't in Mayberry, don't call on Barney for a free cell. Even they had the town drunk.
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post #27 of 36 Old 04-19-2017, 01:21 AM
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I was riding from Denver on I-70on my Wee heading for a motel in Green River when I stopped to change my tinted face shield to clear and I realized I had no lights and it was getting dark fast. I hammered the throttle for 20 miles or so hoping there were no Utah troopers around and then I flagged a car down and showed him I had no lights and could I follow him to the next station. Couldn't figure out the problem but there was a guy on a FJR Ironbutting from D.C. going my way so I tucked in behind him to Green River. Next morning I rode to Richfield and Jorgensen Honda pulled off the Eastern Beaver wiring harness that was the problem and plugged the lights back in to the original plugs. We didn't know what it was at the time but after some research I discovered the previous owner had incorrectly wired it and it overheated along with the fuse box. It didn't stop my trip but every adventure is a learning experience. I have since replaced the harness and fuse box wired correctly and no problems to date.
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post #28 of 36 Old 04-19-2017, 09:28 AM
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So how was the jail food while you waited for release?
If you ain't in Mayberry, don't call on Barney for a free cell. Even they had the town drunk.
Food? I couldn't have eaten if they'd offered the way that guy smelled.
They did bring coffee tho...

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post #29 of 36 Old 04-19-2017, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Brojon View Post
Food? I couldn't have eaten if they'd offered the way that guy smelled.
They did bring coffee tho...
That is certainly a unique story, what does someone do when there is nowhere to stay and they have no camping gear? I never would have considered a police station, but it worked out OK in the end, a story to tell the grand kids one day. lol.

Maybe rent a van and sleep in it, probably cheaper than a Motel anyways.
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post #30 of 36 Old 04-20-2017, 12:22 AM
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Me! Me!! I too have an "almost" story!!

With a buddy, was leaving or a three day rally, the only trip of the year longer than 2-3 hours --busy life with little ones at home and ... that thing called work. But anyways, bike was ready, all fuelled up, geared up, sun was shining, and we leave. Made it about 100 km (60miles) away from home, stop for cheaper gas, and ..... yup. No juice in the battery. Hmmmm. Strange, this battery is only one year old. Oh well, they DO go bad from time to time. PITA to push the bike (Honda VFR) fully loaded. Get gas, try and figure this out. ............ nothing I can do. Push the bike to a quiet street, go for lunch and think about it.
Have lunch and go through the possible causes: battery, sure, but also, fuses, or ...... crap, the dreaded stator and R/R. 100 km from home, and a breakdown like this. What to do? Call a tow truck? Call a buddy with a truck? I have none so that option is out. Wait. Let's at least open 'er up and see what's what. Pulled the fairings off and check .... wait! I see a burnt connector, right at the end of the ..... yup, the R/R. Ok, this is the problem. And that also means that in order to fix this, I need a new stator and R/R! And soldering iron and other things to connect in the new parts.

BUT, as I was anticipating this between my buddy and I (many VFRS have fried their stators and their R/R at about 60,000 km and I was right there), I was carrying a spare stator and he was carrying a spare R/R. So, we did the stator-ectomy on the side of the road, reconnected everything, and after chasing a burnt out fuse for 3 more hours, we were good to go. The rest of the trip was a charm and the bike has been performing flawlessly ever since. That was last summer though... but as I reflected upon this, I put two and two together and realized that symptoms had been showing for several months prior to this. Lesson learned!! Listen to your bike!!! And get a voltmeter, eh?! ...


Edit: I should add here that a good samaritan by the name of Jim stopped by the side of the road and trailered my bike a few kms to his place to chase that stupid, stupid, stupid fuse we couldn't find and that prevented the bike from running even after the new stator was put in. This is where I was introduced to his new toy: a portable battery pack that we used to jump-star my bike 4-5 times trying to see if it was going to keep idling or not. I sure owe him a big one. AND to my buddy who refused to leave me on the side of the road to go to the rally by himself and helped me out fix it. This is why I choose my friends when I travel on the bike. They MUST be reliable. Never leave a man behind.

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