Hello; Last Sunday I went for a little ride here on Vancouver Island, everything was going great when I signalled for a right turn and everything died, no dash lights, nothing. I rolled to a stop off to the side of the road, helmet and Joe Rocket off, on the sidestand. The bolt that holds the positive terminal to the lead had fallen out. I figured that it would be waiting for me, shining in the sunshine. I walked back about a mile looking for it, no luck.
While I was walking back a cop had stoped at the corner and put his flashing cop lights on and was walking across to where I had the bike sitting. I got there and recognized the cop as someone I had gone on the BMW ride with in April. He was on a Rockster and I was on the R12 GS. I told him what had happened, he offered to take me to the nearest Source for hardware even though he was going the other way. I thanked him but declined, as I was just across the highway from a filling station.
As we were talking a gaggle (12 or so) Harley riders came by and stopped to see if they could help me. One of them had a nut and bolt that would work, and gave it to me. I thanked them for stopping and they left, I started to remove the seat to put the bolt in. The whole operation took maybe 6 minutes, while I was doi9ng that at least 6 other motorcyclists rolled up to me to ask if there was any thing they could do to help.
I got it all together and went down to the nearest hardware source and bought a new stainless bolt (21 cents) and headed home where I installed it.
I think it's great how al these guys stopped to help without being asked. In fact while I was by the side of the highway, not a single motorcycle went by without asking if they could help.
This was on a hot Sunday around 3 o'clock, lots of traffic.
I can't wait to help someone else in this way.