Ahoy-hoy, folks! Long time no visit......someone appears to have tried hacking into my profile so it took a bit to sort it out.....
I was gonna put this little story in Bubba's "Circle of Life" thread, but there's a new line of questions that goes along, so here goes:
My cousin and I took an impromptu ride down through Calgary to Montana. Went through Glacier Nat'l park, Logan's Pass and the Going to the Sun Highway. Fantastic ride (Not much son going on, but still great.) I got to really test some of the changes to the bike on a 1700 mile, 3 1/2 day ride.
The good: My new Mustang seat is worth it's weight in gold. No saddle fatigue at all....the original Corbin would've killed me after 200 miles (still for sale BTW!).
We had some washout-level downpours and my DS tire performed flawlessly and gave me a great feeling of comfort my bike tire did not. (Rainsuit works pretty good too....lol). My cousin rides a Suzuki M109R, and I kept up with him just fine, especially off the line. He says not many can. He was able to corner a bit more aggressively, but I was still able to leave pieces of my floorboard around Montana to remember me by.......
The not-so-good/weird: The first night we drove to Calgary, and when we got there I noticed the usual decel-popping was worse than normal. It sounded like I was sponsored by Orville Redenbacher.
It still ran fine, so I chalked it up to being pretty hot as we'd pushed pretty hard to make it to Cgy that night.
The next day the popping was still there, plus she wouldn't fire on the first push of the starter button. If I cranked it a few times, stopped, then cranked again it fired up. Hmmmmmmm
...but she still started so we pushed on.
1/2 way between Pincher Creek AB and Waterton Lake Park, I had a "Brown Pants moment": My engine kicked up a helluva racket, thought I'd blown something. Turns out I lost a nut from my front exhaust flange, and it started rattling and popping on decel.
So, when I finally made it to Kalispell I was able to get another nut, some tools and put it back together. (Shout out to the Fastoys, the Kawi dealer there, they had just closed on a Friday night but opened up and helped me out....great bunch!)
So here't the thing: It immediately fixed the crazy popping, which I kinda figured would happen........but the one-push start was still MIA.
It kept doing that for the remainder of the trip. It always started, but there was a small worry in the back of my mind that she'd leave me hanging.
Has that ever happened to anyone else out there?
I haven' ridden since I returned last week, but to add to my confusion out of the blue on the way home from Edmonton, it suddenly began starting normally....2-3 turns and fires right up......I'll be giving her a good service and once over, but it's odd to me that the starting is temperamental like that and then appears to rectify itself. I'm happy she appears to be running fine but I'd like to nip any future issues in the bud if possible.
If you've made it through to the end of this diatribe, thanx!