After a brief moment of happiness thinking I was using the wrong plug, I found out I wasn’t. As a result, the fact that the last two plugs have come out impacted implies there is something potentially very wrong with Red. I rode around to two mechanics in Edmonton and both agreed – worse, they both said they’d need to do an entire teardown to investigate and that this would cost up to a thousand dollars Canadian! Even better, one wouldn’t be able to get to it until Tuesday and the other shop said middle of next week. Add the cost of a hotel for all those days and things look quite dreary.
This is definitely something I didn’t consider on this trip – I’m entirely too used to third world mechanics tearing down and rebuilding things from scratch for pennies. Genuine isn’t a global brand like Yamaha or Honda, so I can’t find a dealer up here to work on it under warranty (in fact, the big dealers won’t touch it). The end result is that I’m facing a dilemma.
Do I continue on, sticking to low RPM (thus reduced inertia in the piston – the fact that it runs completely fine for awhile and both times the plug was impacted happened shortly after or during 45+MPH runs) and speed and hope that I can nurse Red through the rest of the trip? Or do I turn tail for the US and find a dealer that can fully check it out?
It looks like the best bet for the latter is Scooterville Montana in Missoula, about 600 miles from Edmonton. Then I can head west a bit and go all the way up highway 97 to Alaska.
I think maybe that’s what I’ll have to do. It may mean losing a week but at least it won’t mean losing tons of money. This is adventure!