Stopped at the petrol station on my way to work yesterday. Filled up the tank and got organised to set off. Turned the key, all the lights, and hit the starter. A bit of an noise then nothing. A couple more attempts and nothing. The bike wasn’t starting.
Here I was at 6am on a highway petrol station with a bike that wouldn’t start. Nothing obvious (like leaving it in gear) so I pushed it away from the pumps and into the parking. Called a rescue company I know, but it was a little too early for them and all I got was an answering machine. Texted my staff to tell them I was running a little late and pondered my next move. Realising that standing out in the cold when I could push the bike 10m up the road to the McDonalds and be warm and have breakfast was silly.
Waited in McDs hoping the company would call me back or until the bike shops were due to open. About 7.30 decided to give the bike a try. It fired on the first stab of the button!!!! So I ran around getting my riding gear back on with the bike running (didn’t want to risk it not starting again) and hit the road.
About 30mins later I pulled into the carpark of my local bike shop as one of the techs is arriving. Switched it off and showed him… “Here look at this” I didn’t even get the dash lighting up. “Flat Battery” was our consensus, but I also had a niggling concern about the RR.
After several hours charging the battery, and a test ride. The verdict is a blown alternator. I’ve been running on battery only for i don’t know how long.
It wasn’t a very nice train ride home.