Blame it on the rain…

Zip ties to the rescue once more friends.

A non-firing cylinder produced all sorts of worries yesterday as the CB500T coughed and sputtered forth under gray and sullen skies. Running alternately at full power with both cylinders blasting and then, seemingly out of the blue, wheezing and coughing on one strong but singular lung. There was no rhyme or reason here and educated guesses as to the cause of the problem included water in the gas, a funky spark plug, and/or a shorted coil; all owing to the drenching rains that we’ve been receiving this past week. Friends were coming over soon for yet another end-of-the-world/going-away bbq bash and I had to dash any plans I had of delving into this inopportune problem.

Of course, I thought about the Cb the entire time and was unable to enjoy my bbq. Even after 10 beers.

…so I came directly home after work today and got to work, stripped that bitch down and systematically eliminated all possible culprits. A quick points check revealed no spark on the right cylinder. But why? Check the coil. Yes, there it is, a broken connection. Bah, we’ve found the problem. Simple really, but I’m at my apartment and my extra electrical bits are not here. The female Y-connector has shed part of its receptacle and will no longer accept its male compatriot. We need a good connection here to make sparks and go forth into the promised land. This is nothing man. Necessity is the mother of invention and a temporary fix with some wire and a couple of zip ties was all that was needed to get the beast going again. See you in Alaska, dog.

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