Lots of Surprises Lately!
So 2 weeks ago I went to start the bike and got nothing. Battery was sitting at 12.5 but would not crank the bike and was weak for weeks prior so I knew it was time to replace. Went ahead to autozone to get an ETX15L but both of the batteries they had in stock were dead, so I went with the charge it yourself Yuasa and was good to go.
Last weekend I was a dummy and ran it out of gas. Called AAA but found a little in the reserve to get me to the next gas station 6 miles out before the guy got to me, and fueled up. Then the bike started acting weird but I realized it was running on one cylinder intermittently. I thought for sure it was a carb issue but it ran well enough to get me home 90 miles or so, so I let it sit.
This weekend I'm heading out at 6:30 Saturday to get 3 hours out to my uncles and go for a group ride with him. Starting the bike was weak, but it behaved until about an hour in and then started losing a cylinder again. Worried I'd have to go home I pulled into a parking lot in a small town and took out the tools.
Pod filters off, run the engine and Rev it running on only the rear cylinder, I can clearly see gas spraying from the front cylinders carb. Pull a plug, no apparent shock like when it's running right, what gives! Pull the side cover in front of the gas tank and VOILA! I see the ignition coil power wire is only touching the connector, just hanging on by the rubber shield. Plug it back in and it runs fine. I almost would never have guessed, and I haven't touched that in a while so I wonder just how long it ran fine like that!
Battery replaced, coil connected, and remembered to put gas in it, and she did me well all weekend. Phew! We'll see how it does taking me back to Jax tonight.