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Feeling Throttled

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By Wom Battle
Category: Rides

Yesterday coming home from Eastern Creek my Road King® slipped into limp home mode twice.  The first time while accelerating past a semi-trailer on the F3, not much fun losing power in a 110kph speed limited area while there's a semi on your left!  Frighteningly I also had to pull across an exit off the freeway and was very glad to get to the shoulder without being smashed, my son on the back was too!

I'd never heard of limp home mode (probably not the technical term) so I had no idea what was happening.  My Harley-Davidson® just lost power to what seemed to be a fast idle and the throttle just didn't do anything.  The bike wasn't going to stall, it just seemed happy enough to put along at 60kph or so (not much good on a freeway).  I stopped and started the bike and the throttle was working again.  I accelerated through the gears, got up to speed but was determined to stay in lane 1 in case it happened again. It did. Another restart, gentle acceleration and I was off again.

I found my mate Dave, who had been travelling in front of me, waiting on the shoulder of the freeway for me and I told him what was going on.  I decided to push on and not bother with Harley Assist at this stage, hoping that if I rode really gently and used the cruise where I could that it wouldn't happen again.  

Happily it didn't and we made it home OK.  Tomorrow the bike is going to the dealer.

 

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