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Posted on Tuesday 30 October 2007 at 11:10 am

Bike update II

Yesterday afternoon, my dad had me buy jumper cables and a volt meter so we could play around with the battery and hopefully figure out exactly what is wrong with my bike. The batteries on both the car and the bike are supposedly 12 volts. Dad sai if they are actually reading at 12, they are low. My car battery when off was reading at around 13 and when on at around 15. The bike battery when off was moving between 11.98 and 12.03. I jumped the bike from the car and that got it running, at which point the bike battery went to 13.5. I let the bike just run for a bit to see if that would charge the battery and it was running VERY hard. As in instead of sounding like it was sitting and idling with a dull thrum to it, the engine was racing extremely loudly and sounded more like it thought it was going 60 mph. After running it for a while, I switched it off, couldn't get it restarted without jumping it again, and the battery was reading about 12.5.

I let the bike sit all night and then went out to test the battery again today. If it was anything under 12, I was going to take out the battery and take it to the bike shop. If it was over 12, I was going to jump the bike and try to ride it to the bike shop, hoping I didn't die along the way. It read 12.5. I tried starting the bike just to see what it would do and it started right up with absolutely no problems. I don't know what's going on at this point. One option is that it somehow got water (from sitting outside in three or four days of nonstop rain) or too much gas in the carburetor and just needed to dry out. Another option is it is possessed by spirits that didn't want me riding yesterday or Sunday. The final option is anything else under the sun because I really just don't know.

I need to run up to school so I'm going to try taking the bike. Hopefully I don't get stranded. If I do, I'll have to call Kelly to bring me the cables and jump me from her car. Wish me luck!

EDIT: I am back. I didn't have any problems at all!!


lady_bracknell at 3:24 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you don't get stranded!
bratty_jedi at 4:36 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't get stranded! I made it there and back with absolutely no problems. Now if only my new medical insurance situation would resolve itself.
lady_bracknell at 9:23 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Gift for you here :D.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:38 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
It's always some little thing or other, isn't it? I'm glad you didn't get stranded; good luck with the insurance.
bratty_jedi at 7:53 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
My dad has all kinds of theories as to what little thing could have been causing my problems. Hopefully I'll never know because for me to figure it out for sure at this point, my bike would have to stop working again.

The insurance is most certainly NOT going well yet. Poop.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 8:00 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
The one thing insurance is always sure to do is be a pain. Grrrr
gilpin25 at 5:45 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Hurray for good news! Although I did like the 'possessed by spooky spirits' theory because it is Halloween and they must be out causing mischief. ;)
bratty_jedi at 7:55 pm on 30 October 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm inclined toward that theory as well. Perhaps next time the bike acts up I should just call some type of religious leader to perform an exorcism.

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