First road side breakdown. Great day, srsly!
Yesterday was the best Sunday I’ve had in a long time, a good weekend overall really. I had spent all day saturday replacing my ‘04 325’s oil separator valve (an overcomplicated excuse for a PCV valve) that is buried under the intake. So, in need of relaxation on Sunday, Chris, his 1150GS, and I went for long scenic ride to meet up with the Cheese Country Trail in Mineral Point. And what a drive it was. I don’t even know where we went, or how we got there, Chris enjoys being the GPS expert, and I quite enjoy relaxed worry free following.
We saw like 7or8 Lotus Ellise go by, all different colors, followed by an Aston Martin, followed by a (ROFLMAO) Chevy Cavalier. Yes the cavalier was with the group, and they flipped me off for my spontaneous laughter. Sorry buddy, I didn’t mean to laugh, it just came out. I wouldn’t want the lotus either, I’d rather have the Toyota MRS it’s based off of, for $80K less.
So we got to the trail, mostly just a narrow, well kept, gravel road, but it was my first time off road on the bike. I need to work on my leg strength, but otherwise, tons o fun! Chris was a speed demon, but I lounged back at less than 30mph so that I could relax and enjoy the scenery. The faster you go, the narrower your vision becomes, and with such beauty around, who needs to go fast. I’m becoming such a grandpa in my 30’s, but I intend to keep this pace well into my old age. Racing looks fun, but even after just a little off roading, I don’t think I could ever get into rally racing. Perhaps I can work as a volunteer scoping out paths and whatnot. They do have some awesome tracks, especially out in Appalachia where I grew up on a dirtbike/4wheelers.
So, anyway, we head back having forgotten that we’ve been riding for half the day, hit the pavement, and get just outside of Monroe, WI, before my bike seems like it misses a couple of beats, barely perceptible. I didn’t think anything of it, but a couple miles further and it REALLY misses a few, sputters, I pull off to find smoke coming up from the front of the tank. At first, I thought it was oil, but then my nose told me that it was magic smoke (electronic). Electronics don’t work well when you let the magic smoke escape. But all the lights stayed on, and my first thought was, “oh fuck, my battery is shorting out!” Seat flies off, out with the 10mm and the snap on, neg post OFF NOW. Whew. Ok, what happened? I Poked around, and found my fuse box lying on the exhaust, 4 wires had been melted bare. When I removed the POS chinese HID trail lites that the previous owner had spliced into the wire harness for, I couldn’t find my zip ties and it seemed to seat properly on it’s little tab, so I left it alone. Stupid stupid stupid. So we wrapped some paper around the bare wires, Chris had some zip ties on him, and despite the key switch being fused ON, I connected the battery and she ran fine all the way home to Madison. Good girl, yer a good bike :D!