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Problems, problems, problems.

It is said that problems come in threes, and this rule has certainly proved true in my transportation tribulations since the start of this year.No sooner had I posted my last piece here about the car problems that we have suffered since New Year ’s Eve, than my Suzuki decided to join in too!
I paid a visit to my brother’s house on my way home from work at the end of last week, but when I returned to my bike to go home, the starter solenoid just clicked, and the engine would not turn over.There had been absolutely no warning signs for this.Since the lights and other electrical components still worked, the battery did appear to be charging.The clicking starter solenoid, but inactive starter motor meant the problem had to be in this part of the bikes electrics.
I found a wire in this circuit where the previous owner had used a crimped connector.It fell apart when I touched it!Unfortunately this very crudely crimped joint is not the first bad repair that I have found on this bike, but after…

Problems, Problems.

It has been a busy but inauspicious end of 2019/ start of 2020 for us.
We made a New Year’s Eve trip to the beautiful, pristine beach at Portrush’s East Strand.It was crowded with surfers and walkers, many of who, like us, had brought their dogs out for a romp in the clean Atlantic air.Half the population of the town must have been scattered along the two and a half miles of golden sands between Portrush town and the start of the chalk cliffs at Whiterocks.Credit is due to all those people because despite the number of dog walkers, I didn’t spot even one un-lifted dog poo.Since the weather was mild, a few groups of kids were even sledging down some of the larger dunes behind the beach.
It was on our way home that things started to go wrong.There is no ideal time for car faults, but 80 miles from home on a New Years Eve evening added yet more spice to the mix.The engine warning light came on closely followed by a misfire that increased as the miles went by.A stop at the Applegreen servic…