A few days before my departure to Victoria I was constantly viewing updated weather forecasts to determine what to bring and what clothes to wear. I am learning to travel light. I had planned to spend Thursday night checking air pressures and lubing the chain. Something happened that night which conspired against me. I didn't have time to mount my GoProHD video cam and whilst at the ferry terminal I discovered that I left the 1/4-20 Ram ball mount which meant that I could not attach my camera in its usual way. Luckily I brought my Mini Fat Gecko otherwise I would not have been able to record any video.
The weather forecast was for generally good weather with slight chance of drizzle. It was heavily overcast and we were hoping for the best . I only brought 2 T-shirts plus one long sleeved shirt which I wore over and today did not look like a T-shirt day.
While I was getting things ready and packing my bike for the day a fellow scooterist was having trouble starting his bike. Being the good samaritan that I am, I told him if he had some wire we could jump start his bike using my battery with my 2 pin SAE plug which I use for my battery tender.
We managed to figure something out with the parts we had and spent some time trying to confirm which was POSitive or NEGative before we actually put the two batteries in parallel. Randy moved his Aprilia Mojito 150cc scooter into position and we wired them together. He rode his scooter from Seattle and was worried about getting home under its own power. Nothing happened. We fiddle some more tracing wires and decided to give up and get a new battery. I thought that if we could jump start his bike he would ride over to Canadian Tire. Now he would have to take the bus.
Soon I was ready to go for breakfast, put the key in the ignition of my V-strom and watched the gauges do their usual start up sweep, pushed the starter button, and . . . NOTHING happened. I turned my key on and off a few times, each time pushing my starter button and STILL, nothing. My bike appeared to be dead although the dash lights appeared normal. I have never had any problems with my battery and I always connect to a battery maintainer when it is parked .
I open the underseat compartment pondering what to do
so far my day isn't working out very well