Originally Posted by No Worries
I think it's starting to go again.
Well it did go today at 2:30. I was stoped at a traffic light ready to go up Lookout Mt. when the engine stopped running. Cranked it, but wouldn't start. I pushed it to the side of the highway. Did all the switches, opened the gas cap (full), and cranked it. No start. Took off the seat, got out the tool kit, raised the tank, burned several fingers on the valve cover, and pulled out #4 spark plug. Burned more fingers, but the plug was wet. Plugged it in and layed it on the cover. Cranked, but no spark. Pulled off #3 wire and put #4 plug in it. No spark.
It's unlikely that both coils would go bad. So I put the plug and both wires back and redid all the switches again. Crank, but no start. I don't have a cell phone so I had to walk a few blocks to a Ford dealer, the only thing nearby. I took my tank bag with my frozen water with me. It was a good thing I took the tank bag because I had put in a business card of a tow truck company that specialized in towing bikes.
I picked up the card at the Cycle World show last year. I called him up at 3:30 and he was on the other side of town, but would be there within an hour. I thanked the Ford people, washed up, and walked back to the bike. Rush hour traffic so I'm watching all the cars, trucks and even Harleys ride by. At 4:00, a cop car sees me, pulls ahead of me and turns his lights on.
He gets out and I walk over to him. I'm about to talk to him, but he raises his hand and speaks into his shoulder mike. Then he nods to me and I tell him the bike broke down and I have a tow coming. He says: "Looks like you have it under control, but I have to call in your plate." He walks to the back, calls it in, then says OK and shakes my hand. Even the people watching at the light were surprised that he shook my hand.
So at 4:05, a tall Mercedes van pulls over. The guy gets out, shakes my hand, opens the back door, extends one of those wheelchair-type ramps, and runs my bike up the ramp. He has two belts on the handlebars by the time I get my jacket and helmet. He tightens the back rachet clamps and we drive toward my house. It was 13 miles and cost $70 for the first 10 miles and $2/mi after. At 4:45, I got the bike in my garage, without a scratch to the bike. Haven't decided if I will use my insurance yet. If you need a bike tow:1-877-2WheelT.