I parked in Del Mar and walked around a lot and had a nice lunch. Problem was, I put on the emergency flashers, and since I didn't hear any clicking (as the old K1100LT did), I "assumed" the ignition cut off the flashers. Wrong. I was gone about 2 1/2 hours and came back and discovered my error. Pearl tried to start, but could not. I called AAA as I have the motorcycle option on my coverage. They could tow me but could not jump start the animal. They suggested towing to a Pep Boy or Auto Zone, called them up and even though they were open, they would not jump start a bike or work on it. All (almost) motorcycle shops are closed on Monday, so I was out of luck.
It was a rather busy street, but I got to a parking lot with enough room and bump started it very easily. We all used to do that with lighter, simpiler bikes, but I wasn't sure I could do it with the GT. Really simple: put it in 2nd gear, run along side, jump on the seat and pop the clutch. Starts right up.
Does anyone know why they wont jump start a motorcycle? Is there something I'm missing, or could I do it from a car or other bike if I had cables? I've seen these "cigarette lighter to cigarette lighter" cables that should work, if they can handle the current. How do I solve this problem if I'm struck stupid again? Any thoughts?