So, I'm riding my '06 Gixxer 750 on a country backroad and it kind of goes UGH.....Burble Burble Burble....--------(Flatline). Dead.
No restart and the battery is dead within 3 or 4 attempts to re-fire the engine. Some roadside diagnostics and I even disconnect a pigtail for my battery charger just in case. Re-suit up and manage 2 attemps at bump starts. Its turning over in 2nd gear but no fire in the hole. Abandon hopes to get going again on my own.
Cellphone battery showing one bar - better make the calls count.
Get in touch with what I know is closest Suzuki dealer who sends truck and trailer.
Back at the shop, the diagnosis: Battery toasted and stater done for. Now waiting 1 week for parts from either Vancouver or Toronto.
In talking to some friends they say Many of the moder fuel injected bikes are known for stators going (particularly Hondas, Suzuki and Yamahas - haven't heard anyone chime in on Kawasakis). In my case there was no warning - nothing on the instrument cluster to hint of impending failure. What has been your experience?? Have you ever been left stranded by a catostrophic electical system failure on your bike???
Last week I was really away from civilization on the backroads to Mt. Baker - maybe even out of cellphone range. What could I have done if it had happenen there and then? It make you think about your contingency plans in the event of a mechanical failure on a roadtrip. Do you guys have one? Maybe a list of all dealers in the province/state should be tucked under the seat? How about towing? Would the closest dealership that could be a 150 kilometers away send someone? Would a local hick town towtruck guy be competent let alone equipped to tow a motorcycle. How about roadside protection plans for bikes?