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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 85° 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 70°F!

***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.
 

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***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...
Yes, yes it could.


There is one of these sitting in the garage that is set for a restoration project. Was what I used 30 some years ago for bouncing of rocks and trees. While the 441 won the Moto Cross World Championship in 1964 and 65, it was a very popular bike in the mid and late 60's for flat tracking as well.
 

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Try installing some star lock washers under your battery bolts and tighten them up.
That should really help in the future!
 
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Try installing some star lock washers under your battery bolts and tighten them up.
That should really help in the future!
Actually I did that, next step is blue loctite.
 

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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! .

My CMA chapter will be riding this Saturday from Mesquite to Lake Fork for "Run for the Son", I was going to say you're welcome to join in, but I see you're heading south. Enjoy your ride down and be sure to keep an eye out for deer. They are very heavy in that Kerrville area.
 

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My CMA chapter will be riding this Saturday from Mesquite to Lake Fork for "Run for the Son", I was going to say you're welcome to join in, but I see you're heading south. Enjoy your ride down and be sure to keep an eye out for deer. They are very heavy in that Kerrville area.
Yessir! We will not ride at night down there, that is russian roulette! Two years ago we were Northbound on 336 turning on 41, when I had to come to a complete stop in the middle of the Hwy at 3pm! The biggest stinkin Axis deer any of us had ever seen was just chillin in the middle of Hwy 41 with massive antlers, we gave him plenty of space.
 

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Its a 1/4 inch lock washer hardware stores sell them
 

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