Since the service light stayed away, I headed up to try and catch sunset at Saddle Peak, which is at the intersection of Stunt Rd, Schueren Rd, and Saddle Peak Rd google map).
Made it for sunset (see below) and then headed back through the canyons to Pacific Coast Highway and home. The ride was great - about 60 miles of twisties except for the 5 or so miles of PCH. Then coming back on PCH, not more than 200 feet from where my engine cut out yesterday (I kid you not), the warning light comes on, the bike dies then comes back (I was doing about 35mph), the LCD says "URGENT SERVICE" and this time the engine is pulsing between about 3K and 5K, back and forth, back and forth. I quickly hit the emergency blinkers and ease off to the right should (right where I stopped yesterday - at Sunset and PCH). I shut off the bike, then turn it back on. It starts up but the red warnign light is on and it says SERVICE (the urgent is gone, just like yesterday).
I decide to ride home just like yesterday, but after about 100 feet I pulled over the the right and stopped. Shut down the bike for a bit and opened the gas cap. There was just a bit of vacuum, and I had at least a half a tank of gas, but I was just curious. The bike was off for about 15 second (10 seconds being the usual rule for "clearing" electronic devices). Turn the key, hit the started and the bike fires right up, the red warning light is on for a second then goes out and the SERVICE is gone, with my trip mileage back. I finish the ride home.
So...I'll be calling the shop Tuesday (they're closed Monday), but it's got to be something wacky with the ECU. While I'm happy that I could ride home both times, it does not give me a warm fuzzy. I was planning some day trips but not with it behaving this way. Too bad because the ride otherwise was brilliant.
And so it goes...
looking south, Santa Monica Bay, Palos Verdes peninsula in the background
looking north towards Thousand Oaks, etc