Pie Town, NM
Southwestern night dropped down from the sky taking the temperature with it. As the low 50s turned to the low 40s, we were glad that the new under-seat location of the maintenance-free battery made it easy to hook up an electric vest. The Intruder's under-the-swingarm location would have precluded these last-minute, cold-fingered installations. The 250-watt charging system worked flawlessly under the additional load, and the new, smaller starter motor cranked the cold engine over while ice still covered the surface of puddles the next morning in Quemado, New Mexico. While warming up the engine, we realized that somewhere during our nighttime ride, the tool-kit cover fell off, and the tool kit followed it into the night. No one noticed and, fortunately, no one was hurt. We hope.