I'm knocking out the miles with only 20 uphill twisty more left to go before Mt. Laguna Campground when I hit a bumpy section of road and the bike loses power. Thankful there aren't any cars following, I pull over and begin to diagnose. It will run on the centerstand and rev high with wheel spinning but as soon as off the stand, it dies. There is no stand switch on scooters. After checking the clutch and belt, I lift the rear swingarm while it is running and it dies. Clearly an electrical short down below the floorboard.
After jiggling wires, I find that the positive lead to my ignition coil is frayed and broken at the rubber boot. I was in here while in LA and must have reconnected the female end with a twist in it. After removing the old and crimping on a new female spade, I gave it a test and she ran as usual. Crisis averted and I didn't even have to follow my Mother's voice in the back of my head to "check continuity in all the wires".
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 69'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.