So, of course, I jinxed it.
Leaving Roanoke Saturday afternoon after lunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen since 1970, I saw the dreaded “check engine” light appear on the speedometer of the bike, along with a warning light that indicated trouble with the battery.
Uh-oh. I turned around and headed for Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson on Peters Creek Road, arriving just before the battery gave out.
They checked the problem — a burned out stator — the part of the alternator that is crucial to keeping the bike running and the battery charged during operation.
Several motorcycle-riding friends have lost stators this year — something to do with the heat.
The dealer didn’t have one in stock and it would take two weeks to get home from the factory. That would have a serious crimp in my riding plans, including participation in Saturday’s Floyd County Volunteer Fire Department benefit poker run. Fortunately, Rhett McNeace in the parts department located one at the Lynchburg H-D dealership and they put it on hold so I could pick it up Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to Stacye Eller, the motorclothes associate at Roanoke Valley H-D, for giving me a ride home Saturday afternoon.
With luck, I will be back on the road sometime Monday. This time I will keep my big mouth shut about the Harley’s reliability.
FOLLOWUP: Picked up the Harley Monday afterno0n. New stator in place, replaced under extended warranty. No problems on the ride home.