By Tim Notier
I wanted to be sure that Marisa and I would not wake up on a chilly morning, try to start the bike, and in the process, drain the battery to the point of no return.
So, something had to be done, and in order to do it, the bike had to come apart.
On day two into the install, I had an immobile machine. That was scary, but it was supposed to happen, it was a part of the process. I spent another day attempting to reassemble the bike. I had the main pieces bolted back together, and the bike was beginning to look like a functioning motorcycle again.
And then my worst nightmare happened: I was not able to get the bike started. The starter clicked, and then nothing. This was not supposed to happen.
As you can imagine, after that I spent every moment I was not at work or asleep trying to put my bike back together into functioning order. After all, without my KTM, my dreams of going around the world were over. This website even, would all be for nothing.
I discovered that the problem was the main power terminal going into the starter. The termination had broken free causing a loose connection. I had to purchase yet another starter, and made sure to be ever-so-careful when installing it this time.
It took time and patience, which I had little of both, but at the end of the struggle I walked out a smarter individual with a more reliable motorcycle.
Days like these where I am disassembling the bike and trying to problem solve will surly prove to be invaluable while on the road.