I Made a Boo Boo


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RockportDave
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I Made a Boo Boo

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Two weeks ago we decided to go get groceries on the bike. The garage I keep the bike in is 14” off the ground, so I have a ramp. When I get to the end of the ramp I let the bike roll a little quicker to get past the point where my feet can’t touch the ground. Been doing it for 2 years now with no problems.


As I was rolling off the ramp, I came to an abrupt stop while hearing a lot of crunching.
I had parked my son’s car in front of our Seadoos to deter the possibility of theft during these trying times, leaving enough room to get the bike out. What I forgot was I pulled the car out the day before to wash it and didn’t leave the room I needed when I parked it again.
The car suffered a dent in the hatch from the trunk on the bike which had no more than scuff marks. The bumper on the car only had scuff marks where my lower right tail light used to be.
So I ordered a tail light from Partzilla on the 12th, they finally shipped it on the 17th and I may see it on the 24th.
While waiting for the tail light I can ride the bike around our community and on the 18th it didn’t want to start. Charged the battery and got it started. Alternator is putting out 14v so a check of the battery and it discharges as soon as the charger is turned off. Interstate AGM battery is over 3 years old and has been a good one, but I ordered a Motobatt on the 18th which is possibly going to get here before the tail light.
We have very little “known” Covid-19 cases here and have been blessed to be able go to work regularly. Our county only shows 2 cases and they shut down all the boat ramps, beaches, fishing piers and summer rentals to keep tourists away. We practice social distancing and they are limiting the number of shoppers at a few places. Most restaurants are doing takeout, but the biggest thing the wife and I miss is not being able to have church services. Looks like Texas is going to start opening back up on the 24th. Our 25th anniversary was on the 7th this month and we weren’t able to do anything, so we are looking forward to a long weekend somewhere to celebrate.
Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
Dave


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I have a similar ramp on my trailer that just gives me the willies today.

10 years ago? not a problem, now at 78 it seems as narrow as a shoe string :(

Hope you and your wife can get out and celebrate soon.

we are still in hibernation mode here in N.E. Oklahoma.... there is talk of getting back to normal, but I am going to be overly cautious and ride my Recliner for a few weeks.
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Solution - Widen the ramp.
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I installed a Motobatt in my 1800 a while back, had to replace the 7 year old battery that came with the bike. I sure can tell the difference in cranking speed upon start.
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Post by Pam »

I have a similar issue, The ramp to load/off load the bike from the 5th wheel toy hauler is wide enough ( 4 Ft). But there are those couple of feet when unloading where I can't touch the ground that gives me the willies. Fortunately by the time I get to that point the back wheel is on the ground
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1985 GL1200 LTD
1988 GL1500
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Got the tail light on, Motobatt in and moved the car. We are back on the road!
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My church and indeed lots of others are now providing a video link to services which are conducted by a lone priest in a deserted church. However, I do find these very difficult to watch and even more challenging to engage with. But it is better than nothing, and I hope and certainly pray that this plague will come to an end sooner rather that later.
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1969 Honda CL90 “bobbed” before it was cool
1981 Yamaha 850 Triple w/Windjammer
1981 GL1100 Interstate
1985 GL1200 LTD
1988 GL1500
1988 GL1500

Re: I Made a Boo Boo

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Our congregation is about 15-20 and most above 60 years old. We should be able to have services again soon and have enough room to practice social distancing during services.
They say sunlight and humidity kill the virus and we have plenty of that in South Texas!
Dave


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