This was a 1 kick starter until today. I mean a weak sissy little girl kick 1 kick starter. I remember Jag saying these don't like to run when the batteries are low. She started with one kick but right when my wife was down the street and hit the turn signal it just died. At 1st I checked fuel and everything but then I noticed the turn signal was on… Then remembered what Jag said… so I turned all the lights off and gave her one kick and she started and limped back home... barely. Then when home I turned on the headlamp and she died.
Apparently there must be a charging issue....that i thought I may or may not have. My wife has been using it non stop for the past couple of weeks riding around the neighborhood and getting used to going through the gears and stopping and starting and clutch slipping. I'm assuming all that riding and running around just drained the battery slowly....so it must not be charging.
After being back on the tender some time....no problem at all.
My wife has taken a 1 day beginner course a couple of weeks back...showing her the absolute basics of everything. They treated all the students like they just landed from Mars with have no idea what a motorcycle was. Then this past weekend she took the 2 day MSF course...partly on Zoom then on the bikes. She passed the riding portion of the test with flying colors but not the written. That was my fault. I had her learn the DMV book and take their practice tests....only to find out the MSF course wanted you to ONLY study their book and NOT the dmv one. She has a retake this Sunday after a couple more Zoom classes...all free.
Long story short..after the class is done and I pick up her new beginner ride I will get to work on diagnosing the charging system. A wiring harness from Thailand is due any day now.
With her first class she used a Kawasaki Eliminator 125....which she fell in love with. With the MSF class she used a Honda Rebel 250...which she also fell in love with. I can find an Eliminator locally that wasn't dropped from a helicopter but I can find Rebels. I feel she likes the Eliminator best but with a rebel she could eventually hit the highway. Either way I will probably be following her around with this 125. But that's OK because she needs a reliable easy bike with a more modern feel to learn on.