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Old 10-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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One sh*tty ride into work...

Had one hell of a ride into work today. About 12 miles into my commute, I needed to stop for gas. Once I was done filling up, completely out of the ordinary my bike was slow to crank to the point where it wouldn't turn over. I pull my phone out to see if I can borrow a truck, only to realize I somehow did not charge my phone the night before and it is now dead. Great, I now have to find my way back home. Luckily, a nice guy helped me bumpstart the bike so I can just ride it home. Unfortunately, this was just the easy part!


I make it about a mile before I immediately realize that I have managed to fry my R/R. The bike is spitting and sputtering and it is obvious the electrical system is not charging. Lights are not working, the current gear # is not changing, and it just seemed down on power. I tried my best to keep it running when it completely stalls in the middle of a bridge without a shoulder. I push it to safety and start to think how the hell I'm going to make it the next 11 miles home. I don't have a working phone, people are passing by without a care, and then it starts to friggin rain!

Once the bike cooled down for 10 min or so, I was able to bump start it and ride it a little further. At this point, the bike would go about 3/4 mile or so before it would die. I pretty much had no option other than to repeat this process all the way home. At one point I ended up in a neighborhood where a nice guy tried to help and offered water as I rested. I ended up making it about a mile from home stuck on the side of the road on slick concrete. The rear tire would not get traction when bump starting so I decided to push the bike the rest of the way home. I was surprised at how many people passed by (including fellow motorcyclists) without offering to help. It took me about 3 hours to get home.

To make matters worse, I managed to shatter my phone's screen on the trek home. Now the phone (Galaxy S3) doesn't work all together and I'm unable to get a replacement phone under warranty! Talk about one shitty ride into work!!! 2006 gsxr 600 8500 miles. Battery is about 2 weeks old

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Old 10-26-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

TGIF? May want to look into rectifier relocation when you put a new one on.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

wow , thats really bad mate ... im surprised that other bikers didnt stop to help , when ever iv ever broke down they cant help enough !!!!
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

Damn, No biker stopped to ask what the problem is

If I'm sat at the side of the road texting, I get bikers asking if I need help.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

yeah, thats some fucked up shit....

Saw a HD on he side of the road, stopped to see if he needed help, he was just texting a friend. Thanked me seeing if he was ok...
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #6
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

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Damn, No biker stopped to ask what the problem is

If I'm sat at the side of the road texting, I get bikers asking if I need help.
True story.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

Man sorry to hear that. Sort of know the feeling. Last year my fuel light quite working and I ran out of gas. Not a single person stopped to help.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:33 PM   #8
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

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Had one hell of a ride into work today. About 12 miles into my commute, I needed to stop for gas. Once I was done filling up, completely out of the ordinary my bike was slow to crank to the point where it wouldn't turn over. I pull my phone out to see if I can borrow a truck, only to realize I somehow did not charge my phone the night before and it is now dead. Great, I now have to find my way back home. Luckily, a nice guy helped me bumpstart the bike so I can just ride it home. Unfortunately, this was just the easy part!


I make it about a mile before I immediately realize that I have managed to fry my R/R. The bike is spitting and sputtering and it is obvious the electrical system is not charging. Lights are not working, the current gear # is not changing, and it just seemed down on power. I tried my best to keep it running when it completely stalls in the middle of a bridge without a shoulder. I push it to safety and start to think how the hell I'm going to make it the next 11 miles home. I don't have a working phone, people are passing by without a care, and then it starts to friggin rain!

Once the bike cooled down for 10 min or so, I was able to bump start it and ride it a little further. At this point, the bike would go about 3/4 mile or so before it would die. I pretty much had no option other than to repeat this process all the way home. At one point I ended up in a neighborhood where a nice guy tried to help and offered water as I rested. I ended up making it about a mile from home stuck on the side of the road on slick concrete. The rear tire would not get traction when bump starting so I decided to push the bike the rest of the way home. I was surprised at how many people passed by (including fellow motorcyclists) without offering to help. It took me about 3 hours to get home.

To make matters worse, I managed to shatter my phone's screen on the trek home. Now the phone (Galaxy S3) doesn't work all together and I'm unable to get a replacement phone under warranty! Talk about one shitty ride into work!!! 2006 gsxr 600 8500 miles. Battery is about 2 weeks old
Insurance on the phone?
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:43 PM   #9
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

I'm surprised other riders passed you up. I was out on my XR a few years back & had just come out of the woods in the middle of nowhere onto a road. Found a guy on an older Harley whose rear fender had cracked & fell down on the tire. He was blown away when he realized I had duct tape, safety wire, & nyon ties to do a decent repair to get him on his way. I would never go by someone without seeing if they needed help.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:50 PM   #10
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

^ You seem like a great guy to meet on the side of the road you old saggy balled son of a bitch.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:59 PM   #11
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^ You seem like a great guy to meet on the side of the road you old saggy balled son of a bitch.
In the old days, it was normal for every rider to help another rider, before all the bullshit of crotch rockets versus Harley guys, versus jap cruiser guys, versus Victory guys.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:17 AM   #12
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Now they can't even wave at each other
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:20 AM   #13
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I wave at harley guys... They usually wave back.. Every once in a while one won't.. No biggy.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:28 AM   #14
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I probably can count on one hand the times a harley guy waved back. Everyone else from goldwings to enduros would drop a hand. Yeah, not a big deal, but shit...are you really that fucking cool? Just kinda irked me every time.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:56 AM   #15
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

i had the same thing happen to me (minus the cracked phone). i had to leave my bike outside of a gas station and call work for someone to get me. i later called my father-in-law to pick me up with his truck. it turned out to be my stator and not the R/R.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:32 AM   #16
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

I just can't imagine driving by someone that needed help. I always carry a towstrap in my pickup. Can't tell you how many people I've helped during the winter.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:05 AM   #17
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

Up north of Montreal is all primo biking roads so lots of bike traffic.

People are so nice that I find it almost annoying that if I'm stopped at the side of the road for a smoke, it involves a lot of waving guys-by, thumb-up gestures etc...

"Annoying" is the wrong word... you know what I mean. I find it hard to believe the situation you described. Sorry you had a such a shitty day.

Oh, and harley dudes? They hardly ever wave - always makes me laugh. They're far too cool to wave at anyone except other harley riders
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:41 AM   #18
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Sorry to hear your luck. Hopefully things got better. As far as stopping for fellow riders, I know I'd want someone to stop.

Once, my girlfriend was driving down the road and called me to tell me a guy was just walking down I-20 with his bike parked. I buzzed over to see if I could help. Turns out he (like I had once) had lost his wallet from his backpack. I helped him look for a bit. It did bother me a little that he was a short wearing, mohawk rocking, Sperry cbr squid. He told me that, "Once I passed that exit back there I got into full tuck till about 120mph and let off around here. I figure between there is where it flew out."
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:19 AM   #19
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Re: One sh*tty ride into work...

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I'm surprised other riders passed you up. I was out on my XR a few years back & had just come out of the woods in the middle of nowhere onto a road. Found a guy on an older Harley whose rear fender had cracked & fell down on the tire. He was blown away when he realized I had duct tape, safety wire, & nyon ties to do a decent repair to get him on his way. I would never go by someone without seeing if they needed help.
^^ This.

The time I had a flat tire and was stuck on the side of the road waiting for the trailer to arrive, dozens of people pulled over to help. Bikes and cars of all varieties. People of all varieties. Someone gave me a couple of bottles of water. That kind of thing.

More often than not, when I pull over to see if a biker needs help, they nearly always wave me by with a thumbs up. Still worth it to just find out. You just never know if someone REALLY needs it. Like the OP.

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Old 10-27-2012, 12:36 PM   #20
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I probably can count on one hand the times a harley guy waved back. Everyone else from goldwings to enduros would drop a hand. Yeah, not a big deal, but shit...are you really that fucking cool? Just kinda irked me every time.

Glad people are friendly here in the south.
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