I had to write to say my thank you’s to a whole bunch of strangers and friends!
It started in Surrey at the gas station , I had just filled up, ready to hit the road on my way to the sunshine coast for a meet up with another rider. I turn the bike on and nothing, just the dreaded clicking...oh geesh, dead battery, but of course I needed a second opinion(I did take Bernie’s 101 class but I do prefer more of an educated opinion, then just my own completely unqualified one).
The first rider to lend a hand was a gentlemen with a Duc (beautiful bike!) agreed it was my battery (thank you for your help!)
Then came all of the old timers with their Harley’s and a wealth of knowledge( I guess they are use to broken bikes, (said with the purest of hearts!) they all agreed the bike needed a push start. Well, I did not know how to do it, so one of the guys jumped on the bike and the rest of them pushed. She started right up! YES! I am on my way!....not so lucky, being nervous and a tad frazzled I stall it, geesh!
Off they go again on another push start and advice to get myself to a shop for a new battery. Thank you!....but did I listen ...
Nope , I decided it should be fine , by the time she hits the ferry terminal all should be well. Nope, she died at the tollbooth. Well at least I made it there and the rest was down hill.
So ANOTHER group of riders pulled over and pushed me. Got it started and made it to the ramp. There it died again. The next group of riders told me to leave it and a few ran back to help me push it on the ferry. Thank you!
Bikes are heavy!
I fretted about the next hurdle, they all reassured me they would push me off and get me started going downhill off the ramp. After a 40 min ride and a cool down, I was geared up and ready to get her off this ferry.
3 Riders pushed me up that very STEEP RAMP, I got to the top and had one last push down hill, Thank you!
BUT no luck, she wouldn’t turn over. I was then stuck in the middle of 2 lanes of off loading ferry traffic.
A sweet women offered to help push or at the very least take my bag. Thank you!
But at that point I did have a friend there to help me. Thank you!
He pushed the bike to the side of the road for me and checked it over, yep dead battery!
Made haste to start my quest to find a battery, BUT no batteries were available on the Sunshine Coast. Although, one could’ve been be shipped over on Tuesday to be there Wednesday!
One shop said it was considered dangerous good and would not even send it over!
I finally reached the bottom of my list and called Motorcycle World in Surrey! Not expecting anything, I thought why not, it’s my last shot.
I ended up speaking to Brian the owner (my lucky day!) He lives in North Van and said he could bring it to me if I could find a way to HS bay! YES!!! I couldn’t believe how great he was, what customer service! He even called some friends and other shops over on the Coast to see if there could’ve been another way to get it right to me.
I got a friend to ferry me over to the mainland in his boat and we met Brian and his lovely wife Sue right at the boat lunch, it just worked perfectly!
Thank you so much to Brian and his very understanding wife(I could think of better things to do on a Saturday night, then bring a stranger a battery( completely out of their way and FAR above the call of duty for anyone dealing in customer service!)
Not only did he bring the battery, but he GAVE me a tool kit to install it. ( for whatever reason mine was missing, he didn’t know this at the time so it was just a added bonus!)
He just said, ‘’no problem at all, just remember to make sure to pass it on”.
I have so much “passing on to do”. I feel such gratitude for everyone who had helped me, it was truly amazing, every bump in the road (so to speak) there was someone willing to help!
We finally made it back to the bike, slipped the battery in, PERFECT, she purred like a kitten!
The next day we are geared up and ready to ride the Sunshine coast. Well we made it to Pender harbour, had a short break, a drink of water, re-geared, just to find out again she would not start!
Thankfully I had a big strong gentleman rider with me and with a huge push she started. I made it around the first curve coming out of Pender and she died! (Not the nicest corner to lose power.)
Thank god for BCAA! That membership has paid for itself, I truly recommend it.
The tow truck driver called to check and confirm my bike was indeed a sport bike, he also said he did not want to hang it due to the potential of damage ( I remember hearing horror stories and even seeing pics of damage done by hanging a bike off a tow truck)
He ended up borrowing a trailer from his buddy just to tow her back safe and sound! Wow, again great service, beyond the call of duty! Thank you!
After getting it back to Gibson’s there was another dilemma, how was I to get her home?
Well my friend offered his truck and to take it to any shop I wanted! Such kindness! Thank you!
The tow truck driver, my friend and even a random stranger rigged up a way to transfer the bike from the trailer to the back of a Ford 250 without a ramp! They did it beautifully, again my thanks!
She will be brought over tomorrow and going right into a shop (also arranged on a Monday night by a very dear friend!)
Also thank you to all my friends that called with concern, offers of help, tows/transports, recommended mechanics and just being there to check in on me and the unfolding situation. Thank you so much, I can’t believe how lucky I am. It is hard to be bummed when I received so much kindness from everyone.
She’ll be fixed and I will ride again soon, it could’ve been worse, thankfully it wasn’t!
So a huge thank you to everyone! I appreciate it all so much!......still, those words just don't seem like they are enough...