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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Happy February!

Time flies when you are having fun, eh? Sigh, unfortunately, it's not been all fun and games and January contained zero riding days.

Good thing, however, since the day was nice enough that I was planning on rolling the bike out of the garage and do a bit of "pre" spring cleaning. Turn on the ignition....and nothing.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, my lovely motorcycle had a dead battery. Oh, I know, I should have a battery tender...and yes, I do have one...but yes, Christine, it should be attached. The coldness of Colorado winters will kill a battery in a heart beat.

I wasn't particularly motivated to put the bike on the tender since I knew it was time to replace the battery. It has been troublesome this past year when I did ride and since I didn't ride that much to begin with, I figured that I would be replacing it anyway.

However, for those of you who have never purchased a motorcycle battery....they are as costly as an automobile battery. I've never priced them out at the dealership, but I do know that they run a bit north of one hundred dollars at Sears.

I suppose it was a good thing I decided to flip the ignition on before I rolled the bike out of the garage. Otherwise, I'd be parking Mr. Chubbs out on the curb since my driveway is steep. Steep enough that I can't make it in the garage in my van if the drive hasn't been shoveled. No way would I have been able to get the motorcycle back up into the garage with a dead battery.

Well, that's the blurb for the month and a lesson to everyone.....put the bike on a tender or start it occasionally. Me, the Harley has been sitting since November.

Harrumph.

Keep the Shiny Side Up!

~The Rainbow Wahine

6 comments:

Webster World said...

Hey! Have not been here for a while. Yes girl tender to that battery. We here in Michigan had record snow fall. I unlike you have level ground. I have a tender even for the mower:)

Lee said...

I'm sorry to hear about your weather AND your battery. Heat does as much damage to them as the cold and I think I'm due for one, too. However, we ride almost every week. No mountains. It's not as beautiful as Colorado, but the weather is fantastic. We did our SoFla 360 this weekend.

Clean it up in the garage and take some pictures with a backdrop. We'll never know the difference. :D

Christine said...

LOL!! Take some pictures in the backdrop...yeah, you'll never know the difference except for the cursing that I'll be doing trying to get the bike back up the hill into the garage!!!

WooleyBugger said...

No, no , no Christine. Lee means to clean up the bike while it is in the garage and then use a backdrop Picture behind the bike while it IS in the garage. You know, like movies shot in front of the blue screen.
Don't give up on that battery just yey if you have a good sulphation type tender. These can actually save an otherwise non-rechargable battery from the dead.

Jeff said...

It's cold here in Philly too. How does your bike run at altitude?

Glad to see you wear leather. Smart!

Jeff
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Torch said...

March is here now and I hope you have some sunny riding weather headed your way soon.

Ride on,
Torch