On Thursday, I took my motorcycle to the shop to get a new battery and brakes. I also needed new tires so I got those as well as a battery tender. Since this is my 3rd battery for this bike.
I didn't go anywhere on Friday or Saturday, so the first opportunity that I had to go for a ride was Sunday. I couldn't find my ear plugs, so the first stop was to Rite-Aid. From there I decided to just, "go". I packed the camera for when I stop or see something worth photographing.
So I took my bike to the shop this morning rather than just buying a new battery so I can get my brakes looked at as well as to make sure the KIPASS system is still ok. While there it was pointed out that both my tires are at a point where they should be replaced.
So here's the things that are being replaced right now.
- new Bridgestone Battleaxe BT-023 tires
- Yuasa Battery
- OEM Break Pads
I'm also having the dongle installed from a new Battery Tender, that was $39.00.
This weekend I went into my garage and checked the battery on my motorcycle, knowing that it would be low because I have not ridden it in a while. Several reasons that I haven't ridden include the fact that the office at work is STILL being renovated, the weather has been very wet here in Northern California and I don't have anyone close by to ride with.
So when I go in there, I press the key in, and turn the ignition on, flip through the dash computer to the battery status page and note that the batter is sitting at about 8.4v.
So on Friday, after work I decided to go for a ride up to Portland to visit a friend on his 30th birthday and surprise him. I spent 10 hours on the bike leaving at 3:20PM Friday after work. Then on Sunday I turned around and made the same trip back. Wow that was a long time to be on a bike. 1350 miles, and 20 hours in 3 days. I think that officially qualifies as IronButt
Ok, so here's the story,
Just before I left PaymentOne I started having a little trouble starting my bike, I thought the battery was dieing, I didn't have time to mess with it so I just put it in the garage. A couple of weeks ago I through a charger on it and tried to start it a couple of hours later, it still had symptoms of a dead battery, so I decide to buy a new one.
What an intense ride, that was so much fun.
Here is the route we took
There was one turn where I went in a little too hot, was at the DY, couldn't see around the corner and was already hauled over, the bike was somewhat unstable going in, and I was very unsure of the situation and didn't want to roll on. Luckily training kicked back in and said, don't break roll on slowly and lean more, I made it.
Later Dave hit a deer after leaving us to go home on Summit from Bear Creek. No damage to him or his bike
A great ride, and I hope we get more like it in soon