Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Carpe diem

The 5½-year-old battery in my BMW K1200GT is on its last legs and I had serious doubts whether I could nurse it through the winter on a trickle charger and wait for warm weather to ride to a dealer for a replacement.

The forecast for today and tomorrow was sunny and warm, followed by a rainy cold front on Friday and cold and rain for the rest of the month.

So I called Performance Plus Specialists, the Memphis BMW dealer, this morning and discovered they could put a new battery in for me today. I left about 10 a.m., arriving at their shop around 11:50. About a half-hour later, they were done and I was loading my tank bag and GPS for the trip home. I arrived home about 1:15 p.m. from a trip that I fully expected would have me still on the road when the sun sets at 4:53 p.m. The cost was about $20 more than the $247 I paid in May, 2011 at Bloodworth BMW Motorcycles in Nashville, but there is something to be said for working quickly.

Now I can look forward to the 2017 riding season with confidence.

Who knows? I may make it to Daytona next year.

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