Yesterday, members of my Blue Knights Chapter were going to meet for what’s called “Pancakes on the porch” at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega, GA. A group of us were scheduled to meet in Woodstock and ride up there. We prepared to leave and one of the motorcycles, a 2002 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic wouldn’t start. Randy was quick to begin getting the seat off and trying to diagnose his issue. Sean and I decided a push start might be in order. Let me tell you, pushing a full dresser touring bike and its driver is a chore! The bike almost started but we ran out of hill. So more tinkering was in order. The lights would light but it seemed there just wasn’t enough juice to turn the starter. Someone spied an auto parts store just down the street and Randy got on the back of Sean’s Victory Cross Country Tour and they returned from the store with a set of motorcycle jumper cables! Now it got even more interesting. Sean started getting tools out to access the battery on the Victory which was down low, in front of the engine, behind some body work. The other motorcycle, a Harley Davidson Road King also required tools to remove the seat and then get to the battery. Now on Randy’s Ultra Classic I had just watched him remove his seat and get to his battery without using a single tool. So I moved the K1200LT, raised the seat (by releasing it with a knob in the side case) and there was my battery! Just like the Ultra Classic. Well no joy, it wouldn’t jump-start. Then the jokes started. “Hey Chris, use your smartphone and Google “Harley won’t start”. There shouldn’t be too many hits!” But Sean had Randy try to start the bike while he hit the starter with a pair of pliers. It cranked right up! A stuck solenoid on the starter seemed to be the issue. So it was off to Rider’s Hill.
We got to the Hill and enjoyed the dinner plate sized pancakes with friends. Randy’s Ultra Classic started up and he headed for home, not wanting to push his luck and to do some diagnostic work about his starter. For many of us the ride to Rider’s Hill was the ride for the day. Donna and I along with Sean and Christine on their Victory had already made plans to head to Camping World in Oakwood, GA to look at motorhomes and to have the hot dog and hamburger lunch they were offering. It was a nice ride down there. We had lunch and then looked in some really nasty used motorhomes! I’m not kidding. They could’ve at least cleaned them before offering them for sale. But that aside, we then headed for home. I heard from Donna, “You’re not going to put that jacket on are you?” It was hot and I gave into her suggestion. But now hindsight showed I was probably warmer WITHOUT the cloth, vented motorcycle jacket! I pretty much expected that. But the four of us did stop for ice cream on the way home so that made it a little better.
We pulled into the garage at the end of the day and noticed a few drops of liquid under my right foot peg. Closer inspection showed it to brake fluid that was leaking. So it looks like I’ve got a repair in my very near future.