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Sun Is Shining, Time To Take Her Out...

Discussion in 'Bonneville' started by ElectrAbigail, Apr 14, 2019 at 9:00 PM.

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  1. ElectrAbigail

    ElectrAbigail Someone to reMember
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    ...at least, that was the plan.

    So I'm all packed and ready to go, got her out the garage, try to get her going but... nothing. No nice sound of my Bonnie starting.
    What did I miss? I'm already feeling stupid on my bike, getting my helmet off. Turns out, after 2 months in my garage, the battery died. And on top of that, also no petrol.

    So first things first, I went out to get some petrol. Needed to buy a jerrycan and some cables to give the battery a spark (so glad the diy shop is open on a Sunday cause all other shops in the area where I live, are closed).

    Back at my garage I filled her up. Got her outside and thought, let me wash her first, than I can really enjoy the ride. We'll that took me longer than I expected, haha. Also the battery was sooooo dead it took some time to get some life into her. So 2-3 hours later (cleaning, and acting like a heart surgeon with my car as a lifesaver) I finally sat down and rode off.

    When I came back, I decided to polish her to finish the job. From top to bottom, but at the bottom (the rims to be precise) I saw that the chrome came off! :sob:
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    What did I do (wrong)? Cause it was only warm water with a teaspoon of soda and a sponge. Or was it the dots of rust (that I tried to rub of) that did the job?
    Better question, how to fix it?

    So not only her battery died, she is also shedding. :mask: hopefully it isn't contagious o_O

    All in all, I enjoyed today. Little adventure, made me wonder if I should take a jumpstarter with me on holidays? What do you guys take with, in case of emergency on your trips?

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  2. Smilinjack

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    Buy a battery conditioner, Optimate or similar. Allowing a battery to go so low will likely damage it. Even though it may start it may fail when you least expect, or want it to. Vital unless you use the bike daily.
    Rims, can't help you. I am the Genghis Khan of bike cleaning :grinning:
     
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  3. andyc1

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    There is a chance your battery will let you down again if its flat for a while, as for the rims, how old is the bike? might be worth a visit to the dealers to see if you have a warranty claim
     
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  4. ElectrAbigail

    ElectrAbigail Someone to reMember
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    It's just a year old, thanks for the advice, I will visit them soon.
     
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  5. joe mc donald

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    ElectrAbigail.
    Well at least you got you ride in. And yes all my bikes live on an optimate charger when not on the road. I have never ever been stuck for a jump. Couple of times in the past I have let parking lights on and alarm but someone always pulls over and they give me a jump start. Your chrome is a whole new story. Those rust spots have multiplied under the chrome and lifted it. You ride a bike in salty weather or bad rain you must treat those rims. And lay a bike up make sure those rims are cleaned and treated with a wax polish. Only thing you can do now is re chrome not cheap or find new wheels.
    Ride Safe
    Joe.
     
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  6. Hamburg

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    Abigail, sorry to hear about your problems, if the bike is only year old then make sure you take it back to the dealer, that chrome plating should be good for 20 years not just 12 months.
     
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  7. Bikerman

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    Get it back to the dealer, this should not be happening on a bike that's just 12 months old.
    I hope that Triumph do the right thing for you.
     
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  8. mpllineman

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    I agree. Since you have owned this bike for about a year, don't waste time before a trip to your dealer. You wouldn't want it to expire!
     
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  9. Sprinter

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    Yes dealer.
     
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  10. Sprinter

    Sprinter Elite Member
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    As for tools;- two chains of thought.

    1/ Take everything you never know what you need
    2/ Take nothing, cos it doesnt matter what you take, what you need will be at home.
     
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  11. Stue007

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    Should be a guarantee case on the rims...
     
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