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post #1 of 2 Old 09-19-2009, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Potential big PIA prevented due to this board tonight.

I rode out to my daughter's Marching Band Competition this evening, it is only about an hour away by highway, three hours if you take the right roads ;-)

Anyway, my wife insisted on driving with the other kids and decided to leave early, I stayed to watch my cousin's kid's band play and left soon after.

I took forever to get ready in the parking lot (other bands were still playing) and got sidetracked with some local who seemed to think I knew everything about "Class A High School Football" (I haven't a fricken clue what Class A, or B is).

By the time I finally got suited up, I was already cold (first cold[er] evening this fall) and ready to go. Turned the key, got lights, got power, my Digital Voltage Meter came on, my GPS beeped to tell me it was on vehicle power, all looked well. I even plugged in my heated gloves to get them warmed up while I finished screwing around with my helmet. I hit the kill switch, heard the fuel pump, all is normal. I hit the starter and nothing. I hit the starter again and nothing. I know I have sufficient voltage, the meter read 12+ volts. I toggled the kill switch and hit the starter, still nothing. No problem, I turn off the ignition completely, turn it back on, hit the kill switch, hit the starter and still nothing. Now I am beginning to consider the situation, the last thing I need to do is find a way home and the find a way to get the Strom all the way back home tomorrow. I pop open the seat, thinking perhaps a fuse is blown. While I screwing around with the seat, I remember the tip switch near the clutch lever. I fumble around with it, can't really see what I am doing, but seem to remember a bunch of posts out here about it (my bike did NOT tip over, but perhaps something with the cold?). I go back through the motions, ignition on, hit the kill switch, hit the starter, and the bike cranks up!

Thanks to everyone out here for posting problems and solutions. It made for a much better ride home this cool, brisk evening. . .


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post #2 of 2 Old 09-19-2009, 10:12 PM
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Many of us have been there with that little wire. Glad you remembered it.

Like you I was at my daughter's band competition tonight. Unlike you I drove the cage knowing it would be prime deer time when I left. Have a good season.

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