Friday the 13th I guess...
Its been a nice week, and my buddy had put insurance on his bike a few days ago, so I decided to do so too, today, and go for a ride. I got my tire plugged earlier in the day, so my bike was set. After trying to find banking info for a good 45 mins (I thought I could get annual insurance and just pay every month, or at least give them the info tomorrow, but no insurance if I dont have the full amount up front...), I put 3 months on the FZR4/600 that I got three days ago. We decide to go out to North Van, grab a bite to eat, and come back, as neither of us have been riding for more than 9 months, and havent used our bikes used much over the winter. Its 7PM and dark already, but neither of us have been asked for our learner's license before, so we leave.
We take a nice route down #1, Hastings, Georgia, the bridge, to McD's in at Park Royal. Oh yeah, to get things started, I put my helmet on the compressor at a gas station on the way, and it fell off, screwing up one of the visor clip things and scratching up the paint. When we get out of McD's in North Van, his bike, an 84 GS550E, would not start up. Nobody around had cables, so we had to call BCAA on my card. After waiting 25 mins, the guy comes, gives him a boost, and were on our way back. Just before we reach the downhill part on 3rd, my bike starts sputtering/bogging. I signal to my buddy to pull over, and as soon as I do, it dies. The starter cranks hard, but the engine just wont catch. My buddy leaves his bike running as he doesnt want to risk being stuck again. After 10 mins, of trying different things, I call BCAA again. They ask whats wroing, they were out there a second ago. They tell me someone will be out there in about an hour. Its now 11, and its not so much fun anymore. My buddy's bike dies. After 15 mins of waiting, I go try mine again, and it fires up.
I go for a ride around the block, its fine, no bogging down or anything. I come back and leave it running. Just then the tow truck comes. My bike sputters and dies. He tries to boost my buddy, but the hot lead just about melts. He tries to clip the wire and jimmy it in, but it still doesnt want to fire up, despite good cranking. Mine still wont start at all. Coils? In the end, the driver, a great guy, ended up sticking BOTH the bikes onto the back of his truck and giving us a lift all the way to Coquitlam. It was quite a sight seeing them both up there, I'll post a pic later, after I figure out how, if anyone's interested.
All in all, an interesting day.