The hot-wiring has worked like a dream – but some or other gnat has crawled into the electronics and like a leach has sucked our battery dry! It’s a brand new battery, load tested and charged!
So we are crossing from one small bit of Chile to another smaller bit of chile, both bits wedged into a snippet of Argentina, at the Magelinnas ferry crossing below the 50th parallel en route to Fin del Mondo – Ushuaia, or worlds end…… And our bike won’t start! Now we are stuck on the ferry!
A few silent prayers and signs to the ferryman to say ‘dead bike’ and she fires! 30km later in no-mans land the guy at the sole petrol station says he only accepts Chilean currency!(of which we have none)….so we top up with our extra fuel…..dead bike again! 2 hours later, re-wiring the fuel pump (which by the way it turns out was ok) and sending a pile load of volts through our battery we are alive and racing towards Rio Grande crossing border posts and blazing ripio with the engine never turned off!!!!!! Oh, in between not being smeared off the gravel by a howling cross wind – estimated speed 100km/HR wind, how I know this – it’s as hard a wind as you meet when standing on the back of a bakkie going 120km.
??? So what’s the problem- presumed to be the GPS – it draws a lot of charge continually from the bike, we disconnected it and so far the battery has held up….. It’s directly hooked to the battery so it draws ALL the time.
Let’s see if she starts tomorrow…….