January 24th, 2013
Well its coming up to three weeks that I've now been a slave to the bad driving habits of others. To make sure it doesn't continue into next week as well, I went out and bought me one of these
This is, as the name on the packet says, an all weather permanent Optimate lead which you attach to the battery allowing for charging without having to remove the seat etc. I've already got one of these attached to the Ducati, but as I haven't used the Ninja recently, I just wanted to ensure that the battery has a good charge, giving it a much better chance of starting next Monday. Putting it on should, I say should, have been a five minute job. Pop the two seats, disconnect the terminals, line up the eyelets, tighten back up, test, put seats back on, hook up and go inside for a cup of tea. That was the plan anyway.
When disconnecting the terminals, the two non magnetic bolts both dropped down and because the eyelets had an impact on the length of the screw, they wouldn't quite reach, so after some jiggering about I got the battery out and connected up the terminals. After more jiggery pokery I finally managed to get the battery back in and fed the wire backwards under the fairing so the connector appears under the pillion seat.
Once everything was back in place and the charger were connected, half an hour had passed. Why is it always the perceived simple jobs, and it really doesn't get more simple than this, throw up really annoying unexpected problems that exponentially increase the time it takes to finish?
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.