I should have known.

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The blog report of my husband saying goodbye to a motorcycle was premature. After he spent hours washing and polishing it the other day, he registered it. And then because it was clean, pretty and legal.. he wanted to ride it. That’s when the trouble began.

Said motorcycle would not start. Which wasn’t surprising since it had been sitting unused for a few years. A new battery was purchased, but it didn’t start. The fuel tank was drained, refilled and dry gas added, but it didn’t start. New spark plugs were purchased and installed, but it didn’t start. It was at this point the limit of my husband’s motorcycle mechanical repair ability was reached.

After an hour of research and fruitless calls (no one wants to work on a bike more than ten years old these days) a repair shop was found and arrangements made to diagnose and fix the problem. Carburetor? Starter? Time will tell.

Since my husband’s truck is currently in the shop (having a little body work done – think face lift for Fords) and he is the least patient man on the face of the planet… the issue of how to transport the bike to the mechanic became problematic.

We’re AAA members and have had cars and trucks towed by them in the past, so that was our first call. Everything is automated these days which means I could hear my husband cursing and stabbing buttons like a coked up stenographer in the kitchen. When he kept yelling OTHER at the top of his lungs? I knew things were not proceeding smoothly. He hung up some time later and assured me they were on their way…. so we waited. And waited. And waited. Did I mention my husband does not wait well? 😳 An hour and a half later we received a call from AAA saying though we did have premium coverage, it didn’t cover motorcycles and unless we wanted to pay $350 out of pocket the order would be cancelled. We cancelled, and called a local tow company who would charge $120 and be at our house in 30 minutes. Problem solved.

As soon as we hung up with the local company? A tow truck sent by AAA pulled into the yard asking which car we wanted towed. When we explained the situation the driver was not pleased, but my husband is a talker and was soon finding common ground and giving him a tour of the man cave. The driver was soothed and happily left, saying he was charging AAA for a full call regardless.

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This is the local tow truck driver… and the rig they used to secure and slide the bike on the flatbed is pretty darn slick.

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So there it goes.

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Off to a mechanic who will fix it for God only knows how much money… and now? The husband wants to keep it.

Sigh. Looks like the only thing I’ll be saying goodbye to is the bank balance.

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28 thoughts on “I should have known.”

  1. In your previous post you mentioned, very sensibly, that motorcycles be heavy. I can’t believe I’m saying this but maybe you need to knock it over and let him pick it up. My MIL lives alone and we suggested a life alert in case, you guessed it, she falls and can’t get up. She wasn’t hearing it. A few minutes later, as luck would have it, she fell off of a low foot stool. Cathy and I stood back and said “Okay, get up”. We helped her up after about ten minutes. It didn’t change anything but we took our shot.

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      1. And wishful thinking. The charge for looking at it taking up mechanic garage space grows exponentially. As soon as it hit the mechanics turf, the clock began. If this is fuel injection, then that is your problem, If it is a carburetor, then that is the problem. If they have to “diagnose” the problem, you will need to go to the bank and take out an equity loan.

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  2. No Hell’s Angels chapters around? It’s been awhile, but Angels used to all be bike mechanics, and they fixed them just because they hated seeing injured bikes. The down side was if they could not fix a bike, it ended up in pieces to help with future repairs. The price of doing business.

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      1. How long have the Outlaws been together. (I’ve never heard of them. But if they are a generational group they probably have their priorities too. And, as an added thing not to say to hubby, if they can fix it someone might make an offer on it. It’s a beautiful bike after all.

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      2. Oh. Funny I have never heard of them. Not that I ever hung around with Angels, but I knew a few. Away from the pack they were okay guys. But with other Angels there were not nice people.

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      3. The Outlaws are actually bigger than the Angels here. They hold a yearly barbecue about 20 minutes from our house. Free and open to the public.

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      4. Sounds nice and social. So they are opposites rather than rivals? They don’t run girls and drugs, etc? The Angrls in Canada are into a lot of nasty things up here. I just presumed they would be the same down there, so when you said rivals I pictured more of the same, only with different Colours.

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      5. Their crimes include drug and gun running, arson, robbery, extortion, kidnapping, prostitution and murder. They may be social but I’m not inviting them to dinner.

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  3. This sounds like my husband. He’s like I need to clean up around the shop, gets shop cleaned, then adds more things….and I don’t even know how many motorcycles he has in there. He is doing a custom build on one ….I’m sorry triple A doesn’t tow bikes! Thanks for the info! We have it too and mostly for the towing. Hopefully, the mechanic can figure out what’s going on.

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