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Shaking Out the Cobwebs

April 26, 2018

I can’t remember the last time I rode. October-something last year? It’s been too darn long, for sure, but I am a fair weather rider and today was as perfect as it gets here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Now you get to hear me toot my horn a little. Today I did something I have never done before. I replaced the battery in my bike, with only a little over-the-phone help from my friend, Tony, and some prior verbal advice from my PDXSR buddy, Jim Redbird, notably to READ MY MANUAL. And by all means do not remove the gas tank (that’s a whole ‘nother story…)!

I’d done a test run about three weeks ago, to figure out how to remove my seat, my upper fairing, and taken a look inside where the battery lives. Today was fairly quick, except for a less-than-brief interruption to run my car in for an oil change.

I only took a couple of photos, and a video when Big Red fired right up; woot!

Here is the where the former battery isn’t:

battery slot

And, here is the dead battery:

old battery out

And, here is my bike running:

(Sorry, this space empty because WordPress wants me to upgrade to include video. I wonder how long that’s been a thing?)

Suffice to say, the new battery works, so I hopped on Big Red and headed out into the county for some non-ethanol fuel and about 60 miles of riding fun near the end of the day. Big Red purred like a kitten, I got to smell new-mown fields and cherry blossoms, and enjoyed fairly empty country roads. . . the closest to paradise I’ve been in some time.

Hope to see you on the road!

Ride safe, y’all!




4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2018 6:37 am

    Nice post even if there isn’t a cool video of your bike running. It’s nice to see activity on some of these long-time blogs. You are in the Willamette Valley now?

    • April 29, 2018 2:58 am

      Hi Richard! Thanks for reading and continuing to follow me despite my dearth of posts (so many started, so few finished…). I have been in Salem OR for the past year+. I’ll be in Seattle this summer; not sure if I’ll have a bike with me or not, but if you and yours ever come to Seattle, perhaps it’ll be time to finally meet in person. Hope all is well in your world!

  2. April 29, 2018 3:31 pm

    Good job changing out the battery yourself.

    Troubadour and I are in Corvallis and are moving to Salem this year since I am now working at the Dept of Justice.

    I had no idea you’d moved to our neck of the woods. Welcome!

    • May 4, 2018 3:29 am

      I knew you were in Corvallis, and I wanted to reach out, but I have been working weekends and it seemed our schedules didn’t mesh. I will be in Seattle this summer; maybe we’ll be able to connect when I am back and you have relocated! I sure could use some folks to hang out with in Salem. đŸ™‚

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