So I took off for the coast from Napa and was so happy that the project was mostly complete except for some small details and finish work. On the way over to Petaluma 38 miles away, I noticed that the shift indicator was flickering between 6 and 4. That kept up for a while just bouncing around the gears even though I wasn't shifting.
I just figured it was just the sensor, and I knew what gear I needed to be in anyway. Thought I should top off with gas before heading out the back roads, so I stopped in Petaluma.
Fill up and .......... it won't start. I push it out of the way, try a few things, and then realize that the ECU (computer) must see neutral before it will start. Break out the tool kit, and try jumping across the starter terminals, no good. Cranks, but won't fire off.
Hit up Google on the phone, find the same issue in a thread on ADV. Terminals get dirty or loose, so I clean and reseat the connector. No start.
Guy posted that they could push start his. I try that, on flat ground, multiple times, it's not working.
Then it hits me, the computer must need to see a wheel sensor to push start it.
I put it up on the center stand, put it in gear, and jump the starter.
We have fire! It runs!
Screw it! I'm on the road for the coast and some clam chowder.
I make it to Bodega Bay and notice that half way there, the indicator started working.
I get my chowder lunch at Spud Point Crab Co.
The best chowder around, and heavy on the garlic.
And the view is pretty good too.
So with a full stomach, and a bike that starts, I'm a happy camper again.
Off for more riding. I head up to Bodega Head and it's a windy day for the Pacific Coast.
Must go North.
Turned out to a very good day with the new to me bike, but I'm not sure if I'm a big GS fan. Never really like longitude crankshaft motors with the torque twist in corners. Takes a lot of getting used to.
But it rides nice, plenty of power, and gets about the same mileage as the KLR.
Turned out to be a 148 mile loop ride for the maiden voyage, and a lot of fun.
Thanks for following along.