Okay, I’m a bit behind on my motorcycle fixing due to some time consuming stuff like life, work, winter and whatnot, but I finally found some time to go through the Smart Turn System and these are my first impressions… Fortsätt läsa First look: Smart Turn System
With the CBR in decent shape, I’ll keep her on hold for a while and attack my second project: The KTM 690 Enduro -08. As you might remember, she’s been running poorly with flashing error codes indicating either a manifold pressure problem, a throttle position sensor problem or lambda sensor problem. I however suspect it’s the wire harness that keeps bugging me…
Being the enthusiastic guy I am, I didn’t have the patience to order a relay or resistors off the internet so I went to a store and got me a relay which according to the salesman will give me both plug-and-play installation and the correct flash frequency no matter what kind of turn signal I use… Fortsätt läsa Flash it!
If the devil is in the details, then everything I do must appeal to the other guy because I am really thorough when it comes to details. Like for example soldering the wires to the crimps because I don’t trust them enough. That’s what I did today when I installed the electrical section of the TomTom RIDER 400 bar mount… Fortsätt läsa And she’s done!
What do you do when you buy things and later realize that you might, just might, have been a little bit off track in your thinking? I am not saying it was like that, I’m just saying that my fork mounted brackets intended for my headlight and turn signals only had one mounting hole each. This has been bothering me for some time, but I figured that I would just drill holes into the brackets when it was time. Today I got another idea when I found a set of turn signals I actually intended to use to repair my KTM. Fortsätt läsa Light from the side
Nothing can replace practical knowledge but sometimes a bit of theory can help you on the way. I spent the evening reading ”How to troubleshoot, repair and modify motorcycle electrical systems” by Tracy Martin. Just reading the title took me half of the evening… I finally finished it (except for the part about own projects) and I think I’m starting to see the light. Fortsätt läsa Electrical, eclectical
Some find electrical issues not only boring but tough to troubleshoot as well. I am one of those. My soldering skills are good, actually I would say they are better than most, and splicing wires and such is one of my fortes in the magical world of bike building. Having some kind of high school degree in engineering with electronics as a part of the curriculum gives me an advantage but I still find it hard to test different electrical parts the correct way and find out why the damn thing isn’t working. Last year, my CBR had some kind of electrical failure and it took me five weeks to get it started. The only reason I managed to get it running again was that I replaced part by part until I found the faulty one, a starter relay by the way, and that is not the way to do it. Fortsätt läsa I dream of electrical sheep
Who would have known that I one day would own not only a bright red toolbox but that it also would be full of wrenches, pliers, cutters and sockets? Not my family anyways. Growing up I was never interested in getting my hands dirty but technology to me was electronics; chips and wires and soldering. Having grease up to your elbows and using full body force to crack open bolts rusted stuck wasn’t exactly in my plan. I actually became some kind of high school engineer although that was more a twist of fate than anything else, and worked for a few years as some kind of test engineer on train signal systems. Fortsätt läsa Tools of the trade