So my most recent bone-head move was to leave the key on my SSS in the "On" position all day yesterday. So...after leaving my office at the end of day and looking forward to a ride home, I was met with the sicking realization that the keys were not in my pocket and the sound of silence when I hit the starter switch.
My initial reaction was to contact our on-site maintenance guys as they will provide "jump starts". However, I quickly remembered that our batteries are buried deep down and behind the lower fairing making accessing the battery terminals next to impossible without tools. Even though I do have the little SAE plug on the left side of the engine for trickle charging, that cable (and presumably an inline fuse) won't take the amperage of a "jump start".
I considered trying to push start the bike (not knowing if that will work on a modern fuel injected bike), but quickly was reminded that the attached panniers would likely cause me to trip as I ran along side the bike and make for a heroic leap if I attempted to jump and straddle the bike after running up to speed. Of course I don't carry the orange keys to remove the panniers with me... Needless to say the idea of tripping and dropping my bike cooled me to that idea.
So, an Uber ride home was in my future. The next morning I brought to work a long extension cord, my Battery Tender, and rolled my bike to a nearby building that had an external electrical outlet.
I'm hoping over the course of the day the trickle charger will give me enough juice to get the Ducati started.
I really hate the design of the battery layout.......
Anyway, I thought I'd throw this story out there for "food for thought" and to see if I could have done something different. Yeah, besides not leaving the key in the ignition in the "On" position....