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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-02-2003, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'd rather not repeat today ever again

It started off innocently enough as I left Naperville, but it all sorta went downhill from there.

Crap 1: Head out to Woodfield (closed Wednesdays)
Crap 2: Bike wouldn't restart, battery is toast
Crap 3: Not really familiar with the area
Crap 4: Closest auto place doesn't have jumper cables
Crap 5: Another auto place not too far has 1 motorcycle battery not the right kind
OK 1: Worker at Auto place tells me about Honda bike dealer down the road
Crap 6: Dealer is 15 minute walk, I get lost because Golf forks with Higgins and it turns into a 30 minute walk
OK 2: Found dealer, still open (time is 5ish)
Crap 7: New battery is $75
Crap 8: Walk back to Woodfield another 20 minute walk
Crap 9: Realize I need a screwdriver and waste another 10 minutes going back to Carquest to buy one
OK 3: Battery goes in without a hitch, I said a few prayers, and the bike fires right up
Crap 10: I turn around just in time to see 2 of Scumburg's finest rolling up behind me
Crap 11: They say they saw me screwing around with the bike and thought I was stealing it
OK 4: Finally after 30 minutes they finally believe it's my bike
Crap 12: They hassel me about the exhaust when I try and tell them that's why I came out here in the first place to get the muffler packing
Crap 13: I'm now heading back home in rush hour on a bike
Crap 14: the on-ramp to 88W from 355 is crawling because everyone is looking at a stalled vehicle
Crap 15: Temp gauge needle is rising very quickly to redline
OK 5: Traffic finally starts moving about 2 seconds before I was about to pull over to let the bike cool off
OK 6: Get home and remember I'm still in one piece and the bike is better off then when it started now having a reliable battery so I'm not too upset over the events that transpired

So how was your day??


forgot...Crap 16: Whatever was left of the muffler packing is now gone and the bike is obnoxiously loud. Needless to say, I'm taking my car to Woodfield tomorrow
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It's not so bad that I'm home now, but at about 4 o'clock I was getting a little worried about what I was gonna do. I know like 1 person in that area and didn't have his number.

My first thought was that I wasn't gonna find anybody that would give me a jump so I'd buy some cheapo jumper cables, grab a car battery and have at it. Leave the battery and cables there, tell Dan they're there so I could pick them up tomorrow with my car or something. I'm glad there were 2 bike dealers so close, I never would have thought in a million years that was going to happen.
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Dude..that sucks....
I hope the day and issues get better and never happen again.


On another note, is it common for the bike to redline in these lower temps? No fans or anything?



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sounds like hell, coulda been worse...
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I'm not sure Rob, I was a little suprised how fast it was redlining. I was only doing the stop and go thing for maybe 15 minutes. The radiator fluid probably could use a flush and change.

As far as it coulda been worse. Believe me it was. I was wearing boxers and some major chaffing was going on making the walking quiet uncomfortable And all the while I'm thinking to myself, gee, this battery isn't gonna do me a whole lot of good if somebody stole my bike by now.

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Man, I can totally relate. On Monday night, my GF and I rode two up to Lake Zurich (from Naperville).

When we went to leave, the bike was dead and wouldn't start. HRCA towed the bike to Libertyville, and we managed a ride home with a lady who was kind enough to go two hours out of her way to help us out.

So now it is $100 bucks later for a battery, and I still have to get up to Libertyville to pick up my bike. Sucks.
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That was you!!!! I passed you 3 times this afternoon!!!!!!

I was at the office depot right across the street from Woodfield.

You should have carried a HUGE CLSB.com sign and I would have stopped to give you a lift!!!!!

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reconfirms why why Ill never buy a used bike
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reconfirms why why Ill never buy a used bike
Shit can happen to any bike

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That was you!!!! I passed you 3 times this afternoon!!!!!!

I was at the office depot right across the street from Woodfield.

You should have carried a HUGE CLSB.com sign and I would have stopped to give you a lift!!!!!
LOL pugs. Were you on a bike? I saw a shitload of bikes this afternoon out there. Were you the one that threw the front tire in the air going the other direction as we crossed paths??

and besides...who else has a bright yellow bike with no badging??
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Shit can happen to any bike

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The odds of something going wrong with a used bike are certainly higher than a new bike
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reconfirms why why Ill never buy a used bike
My bikes only a few years old. Your new bike will eventually have parts fail as it gets older.
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OK I give up
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The odds of something going wrong with a used bike are certainly higher than a new bike
Tell that to my bike!

2mos after I got it, the dealer had it for 2 mos fixing it.......they gave me a great loaner though
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Shit can happen to ANY bike..old..new... whatever...fact we have to deal with is that something will and can happen.
then just like anything else, we fix it/get it fixed and move on.


not arguing or anything... its just the fact most live by.


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Shit can happen to ANY bike..old..new... whatever...fact we have to deal with is that something will and can happen.
then just like anything else, we fix it/get it fixed and move on.


not arguing or anything... its just the fact most live by.


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Not to mention, this is a battery problem. Anything electrical can go at any time.

not arguing or anything... its just the fact most live by.
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Good Ole Honda reliability GO TEAM GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is gonna hurt!
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I was in my cage today. I saw ya walking as i went from office depot down golf PAST the Honda dealer going to Murrays auto parts on Barrington rd. Than on my way back I still saw ya walking and thought "sucker" Had I known any differant, i would have waved to ya going and comin!!!!!

JK.......had i put two and 2 together when i seen the yellow flash in the lot....... Oh well next time.

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hopefully there won't be a next time


BTW, it wasn't easy crossing those damn roads!! 4 lanes both ways makes for some interesting jaywalking during rush hour

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For your heat problem check to make sure you don't have an air bubble in the radiator that's keeping it from filling up.

Make sure your fan is working.
Make sure your thermostat is working properly, or even just replace it with the correct temperature.
Check that your fan is turning on at the correct temperature.
Switch to Engine Ice. It's more expensive than antifreeze but it helped by Busa heat problem on the '01.

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Thanks Dave, I'll take a look at that stuff tomorrow.
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The odds of something going wrong with a used bike are certainly higher than a new bike
I agree with with everyone that something can go wrong with other bikes, but I think the point that was trying to be made was that the difference is that you don't know what the person before you did with the bike before you got it. I had an f3 before my f4i and I had tons of problems because the person before me beat it to hell.
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Crazy,

You walked past my shop at least twice, I walk to Woodfield ever chance I get. I always have cables, chargers and tools in the shop. I', at 253 W Golf Road, right beside the Melting Pot Resturant. 847-347-8358.

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I agree with with everyone that something can go wrong with other bikes, but I think the point that was trying to be made was that the difference is that you don't know what the person before you did with the bike before you got it. I had an f3 before my f4i and I had tons of problems because the person before me beat it to hell.
good gods finally someone sees my point
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Honda's achilles heeel has always been electrical systems. which are a hassle but at elast fairly cheap to fix, present minimal safety risk and are rarely terminal. I had a relay glitch last summer on my F4i. Best advice, use a battery tender all winter, never let the bike idle a long time and never let the biek sit without being ridden for at least 5 mintes for more than 6-8 weeks. I'm at 33k miles and still have the original bettery and other than the 1 glitch caused by I think a bad connection on a relay terminal.

As for the temerature. From what I can tell, Honda lets their cooling system run hot. Might be the placement of the temp sensor, maybe they have a higher flow rate or a whole host of other reasons. But my fan doesn't even coem on until 220. On other bikes, it usually coems on at 200 or lower. even their running temp of 170-180 is higher than some. I wouldn't worry abotu it. Don't follow the cars in traffic so close, and try and stay to the right of left behind a car to get in clean air.
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Well, I just got off the phone with a contractor and it seems like the perfect house I want will cost me alot of money. I found one prebuilt for cheaper, but someone used it for 10 years and I dont want the problems they caused by using it. I dont want the roof to cave in or a electrical switch to fail.



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Crazy,

You walked past my shop at least twice, I walk to Woodfield ever chance I get. I always have cables, chargers and tools in the shop. I', at 253 W Golf Road, right beside the Melting Pot Resturant. 847-347-8358.

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That's pretty funny. I do remember seeing the Melting Pot resturant. Small world.

As far as buying used stuff, I'm well aware of the random things that can go wrong with them as I've experienced more then my fair share of problems on the 10+ vehicles I've owned whether it be the '86 Subaru and '91 S10 that blew their clutches, the '91 Stang that had a dead window motor, the '91 Z28 that had a bad trans, the '92 Talon that the exhaust just practically fell off of... and the list goes on an on. Basically it all comes down to not being able to afford new things so I put up with buying used.

It doesn't bother me all that much considering depreciation rates and the fact that I'd be so worried about anything happening to a brand new vehicle I've bought that I would never even get a chance to enjoy it. No one is disagreeing with you 2wheelpilot, I would love to have a new bike, but my situation doesn't allow that at this point.
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FYI: there is a cyber cafe over by the streets of woodfield. from there you can touch the world.

its cheap too and always open.

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