Monthly Archives: September 2010
Well, it’s likely over. My bike died in Mt Vernon, WA, on Sunday on the way to the Oyster Run. The current theory is that my ignition module is toast. Could be the coils as well or instead. My friend Jim is sending me spares of these components so I can do some testing.
Yesterday, the last day of my vacation after my friend Bob trailered my bike home for me, I pulled the saddlebags, the Windvest and the rear seat, and washed the bike to make it easier/nicer to work on. I had run the battery down trying to start the thing so it’s sitting in the garage with the trickle charger on it now.
The good news is that my vacation up to that point was pretty awesome. I saw a lot of friends, rode on some great twisty roads, saw a lot of great scenery and even had a couple boat rides. I’m updating the post.
I’m about 200 miles short of the 52,000 mile mark. If the replacement components work I might be able to squeak in a few miles locally.
UPDATE: Bike fired right up after having a chance to dry out completely and having the battery fully charged once again. Still sticking with the busted ignitor theory.
Itinerary (UPDATED after finished 9/29/2010, Photos added below)
Well, this is how it shook out:
- Wednesday night: Clarkston, WA 340mi
- Thursday night: Portland, OR
- Friday: Take Port Angeles-Victoria Ferry
- Leaving Port Angeles: 8:20am, 12:45pm, 5:15pm; $32 USD, motorcycle and driver, one-way
- Friday night: Mill Bay (on Vancouver island)
- Saturday: Day ride on the Island. Not included in Map. Nearly all Backroads. Saw, Genoa Bay, Cowichan Bay, Chemainus (great coffee at the Dancing Bean) and Duncan. Stopped at the Triumph Dealership in Victoria on the way to the ferry.
- Saturday Evening: Sidney-Anacortes Ferry, Leaving Sidney/Arriving Anacortes (schedule changes the 26th): 11:35am/1:40pm, 5:55pm/8:25pm; $27.45 motorcycle and driver, one-way
- Saturday Night: Mount Vernon, WA
- Sunday: Rode up to Blaine, WA, to meet Gordy after he came across the border with the intent of going to the Oyster Run, Anacortes, WA. Bike died on the way at the intersection of I-5 and highway 20. Towed to Skagit Harley Davidson and stashed it there overnight. Sent Gordy and the missus on their way so they could still see the Oyster Run.
- Sunday night: Mount Vernon, WA (taxi ride to Best Western)
- Monday: After sending his friend John from Mt. Vernon over to help try and jump start the bike in the morning (to no avail), my friend Bob brought his trailer up from Kent, WA, and carted me and my bike home. If I didn’t have a project starting today I might have taken it down to Bob’s to work on it or Tacoma Triumph to have them fix it. Probably cheaper to cart it home and do it myself.
I am not going to include the trailer ride home on this map.
Photos on Picasa