Honda Shadow Spirit

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by Ice Cream Jonsey » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:22 pm

After my car and bike stranded me the other (work)day and I had to walk three miles to get a jump charger, I decided that it was time to get a new battery.

THe battery I bought said it was an exact fit for my bike. I guess it was, although the other one was smaller.

I was able to have lots of SPARKING FUN when hooking it up, because to attach the wires to the terminal I was dealing with a live circuit. Sparks sparks sparks.

(I miss my Qix.)

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:17 pm

lethargic wrote:I ran over a puppy on a motorcycle once.
Wait. What now? I didn't know that you had ever driven a motorcycle and I did not know that you murdered puppies.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:10 pm

I see I answered lethargic's question twice.

I feel I provide extra value on this BBS, because any time one of you ask me something, I could answer it up to five different ways.

No real news to report - I love it, I drive it whenever I can.

I went on a highway for two miles over the weekend. It sucked! The highway was bumpy. Not smooth at all. I did go 55MPH for the first time, but even that is waaaaaaaaay too low to be on a highway at out here.

So I dunno.

If I take it into work and avoid a highway, I need to give myself 50 minutes for the worst-case scenario. Argh.

by Flack » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:20 am

I like to think that the universe has enough courtesy not to hit both you and your brother with a bus on the same day. You got a free pass last night Jonsey, I hope you used it.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:37 pm

Legal, I will now attempt to get supper tonight by driving the motorcycle somewhere.

by Flack » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:33 pm

I didn't see anybody in that video that didn't get what they deserved.

by AArdvark » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:13 pm

Every one of those crashes is a result of aggressive driving. Notice how many of those are Russian dash-cams. Glad I don't ride like that. Speed kills.

That being said, my 19 year old nephew just picked up a Ninja 600. I seriously hope he takes the safety course and watches a lot of these videos.


by pinback » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:06 am

Let's roll, and let's be careful out there!


by lethargic » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:23 am

I ran over a puppy on a motorcycle once.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:20 pm

Ah, I caught some videos on that!

Here is a picture of my motorcycle.


I haven't had a problem with the battery since I gave it that long charge. I drive it about 2 miles a night these days.

I got it up to 30 MPH for the first time tonight. It felt like I was going 100. So I sort of have a problem. I need to go at least 45 if I want to take it into work. (Not on the highway. I will not go on the highway with it in 2013. I'll use a backroad.) So I can't imagine how fast 45 will feel.

I am getting it properly registered tomorrow. I hate the DMV so we'll see how this goes.

by Flack » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:49 pm

Oh, that is good news!

As someone else previously mentioned, you can push start a bike fairly easily. Just get it rolling, hop on, make sure it's in 2nd, and pop the clutch. You really want to get it right the first time because after about the third time you will wish you were dead and will be too tired to push it fast enough to start it.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:46 am

It kept its charge while I was at California Extreme. So I think it's charged just fine now.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:07 pm

Having driven it twice tonight, I fucking love motorcycles.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:50 pm

I came home from work (without charging it while at work) and it started.

So, well. Huh.

I don't feel comfortable riding it anywhere I can't easily walk it back I GUESS.

by Flack » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:39 pm

Sounds like a dead battery to me.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:44 am

Update! Well, it didn't work and then did work today.

I spent the night at my girlfriend's house two nights ago. When I got home yesterday I tried to start the motorcycle but the battery had again drained.

What the FUCK.

I left it charged overnight. I unplugged it from the charger and was able to drive it around my neighborhood.

But I am going to leave it not charging while at work today. I expect that the battery will be drained. I will then have to get it fixed after CAX.

by Flack » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:47 am

That's what she said?

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:24 pm

I left it charged for an hour. It started right up. If I had known it would start, I would have gone to bed early, so I could have gotten up early to register it.

No idea why it wouldn't start to begin with, but in a way, I am glad this motorcycle has a mystery.

I want to wake up early and ride it around the block.

by Ice Cream Jonsey » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:34 pm

lethargic wrote:Mid life crisis?
In a way yes, in a way no.

I have stability where I work for the first time in my entire adult life. I wanted a motorcycle and pinball table. I took steps to get both.

That said, while I'd like to actually believe that the sensation of the wind through my [s]hair[/s] helmet and sense of freedom is why I am getting the motorcycle, perhaps it is something else entirely.

by Flack » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:00 pm

You are correct. Key off = no battery usage.