You may have read my recent post The “Mechanics” Hour which ended “To be continued….” well, read on for the continuum …
Fast forward one full week, two more guests (from Yorkshire this time) and one more motorbike. A lovely day, damp evening and…yip…the bike refused to start in the morning!
“I don’t believe it, are you doing something to these things at night?” asked our neighbour incredulously.
The mechanic duly arrived, much more quickly than the last and with only one phone call for directions. He declared the bike “fit” and after much deliberation between the three men decided the problem was with the immobiliser. It wasn’t in his remit to fix immobilisers so didn’t have the correct sized battery but he did offer to give our guests a lift to the nearest town as it was on his way back to base.
Our guests returned a couple of hours later, having scoured the small town but failing to find the correct sized battery – they’re really odd shaped dinky little things – the batteries that is, not the guests!
Whilst we ladies chatted over a cuppa, warming the old battery in an attempt to breathe life into it, the chaps hunted through boxes of junk on the off-chance of finding something useful amongst our cumulative collection of old electrical equipment and spare parts.
Neither tactic was successful.
Eventually, Mr Fix-it, aka my beloved, came up trumps again. Getting out his soldering iron (he never misses an opportunity to whip out a gadget) he jerry-rigged a 6V battery and soldered it directly onto the connections inside of the immobiliser itself.
With the words “s**t or bust” being muttered by the male contingent, the motorbike was approached and zapped.
Low and behold, it worked!
Now, if you’ve never seen a 15 stone, leather clad Yorkshireman bear hug a fellow compatriot I can tell you, it’s a sight to behold!
With the motorbike running and profuse thanks, our guests declared themselves founder members of the Easingwold Branch of the Howard Galley Fan Club and drove off into the sunset.
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