Issues on the way to AFT races.
Early this past Saturday afternoon myself and my brother and sister in law headed out on the bikes for the 45 minute ride up to the Texas Motor Speedway dirt track with beautiful weather. We were rockin and a rollin along at about 70mph when my battery light comes on and voltage drops to 11v. The bike was still running fine but I was a little concerned that my battery just crapped the bed. A few miles later I lead us into a QT parking lot to get look see. I mentioned to my BIL what was up so I shut it down and we sat there for a few moments while my sister in law gassed up her Scout. I restarted the bike and it fired up albeit with a seemingly weak battery. The dash was acting a bit weird as the voltage was reading 12 and the gas gauge was at full (I left the house at half so there is no way). I decided since we were only about 5 miles out from the speedway we would get there and I would bust out the tools to check the battery cables. We got to the stadium about 2pm went looking around at all the bikes and other goodies while waiting for my bike to cool. After about an hour and a half we went back to the lot and I got out the tools to remove the chin fairing/battery cover. I was kneeling on two old thin pieces of EVA foam removing bolts when a nice gentleman from the Christian Motorcyclist Association brought me over a moving blanket to lay on, what an incredible blessing! It was about 85į and the asphalt was hot 'n dirty. A few minutes later the plastic was off and Yep sure enough the positive cable was loose! As I was buttoning up the bike a few guys in Victory shirts walking past and asked if everything was OK, as I was telling them about the battery light etc. they said "loose Battery cable" dang near in unison. The ride home was right as rain and a beautiful 70įF!
***The moral of the story for the day is no matter how far you are going, carry a small tool kit it could save the day.
This was my second time to attend the AFT races and I have been amazed by how many people travel the country following these races like Nascar. For those that do not know the AFT is American Flat Track motorcycle racing, there are 2 classes singles and Twins and they haul ace around that dirt track with seeming reckless abandon, but they are "mostly" in control. During Saturdays races there were multiple crashes and unfortunately 4 or 5 racers transported to local hospitals. There was 1 crash were I was sure someone had to have died but they thankfully all walked away, although a few of them flat out refuse to get on the backboard and walked to the ambulance. The race will be televised on NBC-SN Sun, 5/06/18 at 4:00 PM eastern.
Leaving for The Twisted Sisters-Kerrville TX Thursday.
2014 Cross Country Tour
Freedom Performance exhaust, Lloydz VFC and a Lloydz Intake/filter, Lloydz ATS.