It's not a moped story - but I was supposed to ride my CB360 from Toronto to Bracebridge to enjoy a well deserved, relaxing cottage weekend. I've been working like a dog lately and am working every single day in August - not a day off for 4 weeks, so I was really looking forward to swimming in the river, drinking beers by the fire, etc.
I left today at about noon. It was beautiful out - sunny and warm. Half an hour into it, I was riding happily up Black Creek Drive to the 400 highway when rain started in really heavily, there were huge cracks of thunder and giant lightening bolts right in front of me.
I got off the highway and decided to ride across the top of town to take a smaller highway up to the cottage when my bike started stuttering and dying. I ended up stuck at Jane and Finch (those of you from Toronto will know what that means) soaking wet with a broken bike for about 3 hours.
My roommate came with some tools and we thought it was ok to ride home. I'd already given up hope of riding i to Bracebridge. Well, it wasn't. It died in the middle of a giant intersection, where I was seriously ready to kill the next person who honked or yelled at me. S we pushed it into a gas station.
Finally, after adjusting the clutch and fucking around with the carbs it started to run fine. I rode it to CycleWerx, left it in their parking lot, dropped the keys in the door and got a ride home, thinking I'd just take the bus up north. Well, I missed the bus by about 15 minutes so now I'm back at home after 7 hours on the road and the worst day ever.
I should note that this motorcycle is the bane of my existence. In the last year, it's had new front brakes, new chain, new tires, new electrical, new starter clutch, 2 new batteries and I can't even remember what else. Last year I paid $800 in insurance and rode it for 3 hours. I just got it out of the shop again on Tuesday and was SO excited to ride it up north, but obviously that wasn't in the cards for me.
I officially hate it. I officially hate Jane and Finch. I officially hate this weekend.
Just needed to rant.