Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Fogo Island, Newfoundland (Canada)
Out of hibernation...
Spring is definitely taking it's own sweet time arriving this year, at least for us poor souls living way up here in Northern Newfoundland. We still have snow drifts here and there, and the daytime temperatures are hovering only around 1 or 2 degrees.(C) But we have been anxious to get the bikes out of storage. We never did get around to building a new shed to house them last summer, so we ended up storing both bikes in a neighbour's shed a few doors down. The day we parked them it was well below freezing and the wind was howling, so I (unwisely) opted to not take time to remove the batteries, as the plan was that I would periodically pop in to start the bikes and let the run for awhile, with the hope that this would keep the batteries up. So, we ended up spending much of the winter in Africa, (traveled throughout Uganda doing charity work, safari, boat cruise up the River Nile, relaxing!) and we never got around to checking in on the bikes... until today.
Well, believe it or not, after half a year in an unheated shed, throughout a brutally cold northern Newfoundland winter with temperatures often dipping into the minus mid-20's,(C) my 2014 Honda CB500FA fired right up instantly! Wow! The 2014 V-Star Custom's battery, however, was almost dead; only enough juice to turn it over for about two seconds and that was it. So I currently have the V-Star's battery in the house on the charger; will install it again tomorrow and hope for the best. At around the freezing mark it's still going to be difficult to fire up, I think, but our neighbour is wanting to get her storage space back, so it either fires up tomorrow, or we will be pushing it (uphill!) back to our own driveway. Still not sure how the Honda lit up instantly, just as if it had been shut off only moments earlier, let alone after six months of brutally cold weather!
One small thing that I'm a bit concerned about... while disconnecting the battery the tool inadvertently touched the frame, creating a small spark when it shorted. As the battery was likely only about a 10% charge at the time, the spark was very brief/minor, but now I am wondering if it may have blown a fuse, or possibly some other type of damage? Am I worrying needlessly? Your thoughts?
I'll report back tomorrow to let you know how we make out getting the V-Star running. (fingers crossed!) It's still awfully brrrrrrr out, but both the Missus and I sure have the itch to get back to riding along the scenic coastal roads around our home on Fogo Island.
2014 YAMAHA V-STAR CUSTOM
MC Enterprises engine guard
Big Bike Parts chrome solo rack
"Clevver" clutch lever
clutch adjustment kit
SupaBrake III brake light modulator
Cortech Super 2.0 (24 litre) tail bag
QDC harness/USB phone charger
Furygan leather gloves
Xelement leather jacket
NexGen riding boots
HJC CL-17 Redline helmet/Pinlock insert
Oxford paddock stands
Nelson-Rigg deluxe cover
Battery Tender Junior
2014 HONDA CB500FA
Last edited by camperbc; 05-09-2017 at 06:53 PM.