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Tom's General Blog
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Mood:  down

I got up this morning intending to take my bike for a ride. So I go out take of the cover, turn the key and hit the started, it turns, but no start, I tried everything and ran the battery down. This is identical to what happened a few weeks ago and the plug was fowled, it never gave me a problem for a year, I guess its time for a new plug.

So i pushed it around front and did some work to it. I removed the warning sticker from the gas tank and also removed the Boulevard badges from the sides of the tank. I now have the "All Seeing Eye"similar to what was on the bike in "Then Came Bronson". I took a few pictures and then pushed the bike into the shed to attach the battery charger.

This may well have been the last bike weather for the winter, but maybe not. I don't believe I was riding this late last year, but its hard to tell what Kentucky weather will do.

I really need to get the bike to a parking lot and go over some of the basics I've lost. I was riding with my cousin a while back and he mentioned that I was draging my feet a lot when stopping. So the next time I went out I tried to pay attention to what I was doing and sure enough I was sticking my feet out and stopping with the front brake. This is not how I was trained and I know better. So my best bet is to find a big parking lot and just practice starts and stops for as long as it takes. 

 I think I've traced back my issue of the feet. I went to put the bike away after dark one evening and the dew had already started to fall and I dumped the bike in the grass, then a few weeks later I was trying to park in a grass field just after turning from gravel, I dumped the bike again. The second time I'm sure I had my feet down because of the wet grass and hit the front brake with the wheel turned.

Of course I can't practice when the bike won't start, soI guess I need to buy a spark plug.

Posted by tomthacker at 7:56 PM EST
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