I bet that 90% of the people in the US much under 40 can not drive a stick
unless they have lived on a farm. Very few people have them now and they do
not have them in the drivers ed at school.
North Carolina was talking about doing away with DE in schools. Not sure if
they did or not. Foolish thing if they do. They will save a few bucks and
open the doors for more accidents due to unskiled drivers.
I've never owned a stick and my parents didn't since I was born, but I
read in a book how to drive one, and memorized it. Then a friend was
going to use his car on a trip we were taking, but he couldn't leave
unt il a few days later, so he took two of us out and taught us how to
drive his stick. We were going from Chicago to Pittsburgh, only 3
traffic lights at each end, so he said we wouldn't have to shift much,
and he was right.
Just found out a week ago that Md. or maybe Baltimore or Baltimore
County did do away with it a few years ago, but they're bringing it
back, starting this year or last year.
You're right. Thanks.
Right now, I still haven't bought a new battery, but a friend whose
riding mower finally needed too many repairs lent me its battery.
10AH, and 3 times as big as the space provided in the scooter.
Based on the earlier thread, I've been estimating how much I used for
cranking, and charging with the 1-amp charger just long enough to
replace that. Yesterday I figured that was 40 minutes.
I also removed the tail light, so that when I'm not cranking but
haven't turned off the ignition**, the battery is only powering the
front running light and the ignition, but I disconnect all of that
within a minute.
**I also made it easier to turn off the ignition by getting 2 more 12-
inch jumper wires, so that the wires aren't in front of the scooter
but long enough to drape back over the handlebars, where I alligator
clip one to another. And before that, I stuffed spade connectors in
the quick connector in front so that I don't have to force the
alligator clips in the small slots, only to have them spring back out
Cold and windy today. Warmer tomorrow. Time for another tryl.
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