Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Riverside, CA
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Funny noob story...yes, the noob in this story is me.
Long post ahead! Cliff notes at the bottom if you dont feel like reading.
Alright, just for some background here: I got my bike last Tuesday and I have loved every second riding it. Ive put over 500 miles on i t in the past few days. Im hooked....Ok, onto the story.
I work graveyard shift and I get home 7/7:30ish every AM. So I get home yesterday and just as i get home I remember I needed to run over to walmart to grab some things before this weekend, so might as well do it now. So I hit the cutoff, go in the house and tell my mom im heading out. She tells me she already got the stuff the night before so I wouldnt have to go grab it and I could just go to sleep. So I do.
I had a long night at work and got little sleep the night before so I slept a good 11 hours till 8PM. Start getting ready for work again arround 9 and realize I cant find my bike key. *CRAP!* I realize I never went back out to turn off my bike when I was planning on going to walmart! Tried to start....nothing. Dead battery. Luckily I have a car so I take that to work.
Fast-forward to this morning: I get home from work arround the same time and, after looking up on the forums not to jump start with a car because of the battery difference, I call up my buddy whos got a Ninja 650R and ask him to come over to give me a jump. He agrees and says hes on his way.
He arrives, proceeds to laugh at me for my noobish mistake, then we get down to business. Jump start the bike, let it run for a while and im golden. Neither of us have anything to do till later on in the day, and i needed to ride arround anyways to charge the battery back up, so we figure we will go for a little AM cruise. I lift my bike, kick it in 1st, start to go...stall...DAMN! left the kickstand down! And whaddaya know, it wont start back up.
So my buddy, after laughing quite a bit again, pulls up next to me and we undo everything once again and jump it once again. Let it sit for a while, and its good to go. I hop on, kickstand up, kick it in 1st, and were off! We get down my street, make a left then a right and onto the bigger street. Pull up to a light behind some cars, start chatting for a bit, light goes green, he takes off, I go to take off....stall...and guess what? You guessed it! Wont start again.
Luckily we were right next to a dirt field with a driveway. I pulled my bike into there and my buddy, this time not laughing, took off to go grab the jumpers again. I get everything ready for the jump and he comes back, jumpers on the shoulder. So we jump it once again. Everything is fine and dandy. We grab the stuff, and start off back to my place to drop it off so we can get on with the cruise. I stuffed the cables in my jacket so I pulled up into my driveway to get them out. Put down the kickstand, engine goes off. UGH!!! I didnt put it in neutral. And yes, still doesnt have enough juice to start back up on its own.
So now my buddy is pretty frustrated and swears if my bike goes off again hes leaving. Which in turn gets me worried and lets me know I actually need to think about crap before I do it. So, for the 4th time, we jump it again. After this time we immediatly head to the freeway and make sure it gets enough revs in there to charge that sucker back up. Luckily, I made it this time and we were off for a little cruise, but not after having to deal with a load of BS before!
This proves my motto: Its always somethin'
(sorry for the long post)
Cliff notes: Left bike in 'on' over-night, battery went dead, took 4 jumpstarts to finally get the batter charged due to my stupidness. (not sure if thats a word, but thats what best describes it) lol!