In your April ’12 [I]Living in the Past[/I] article you wrote:
[INDENT]Battery dead. Great. Battery’s warranted, so I leave the bike and stick my thumb out….[/INDENT]
Apparently you aren’t quite used to living in the past. The R69S/US (unless modified) uses a magneto ignition system. The bike doesn’t need a battery to get you on your merry way. Certainly lack of a working battery is not a good reason to leave the poor bike alone. Someone who knows better may stick a twig in the ignition (assuming you bothered taking the key with you) and ride your baby away.