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12-05-2006 03:17 PM
Hizzo3 i'll try and figure something out.....
12-05-2006 03:12 PM
JohnBoy750 Crobin you could not have proposed a more perfect topic for me too. Argghhh, I'm probably more electrically deficient than you. I have tried to check something as seemingly simple as a battery voltage check only to find out by the smoking, crackling, and suddenly hot leads that I was not doing it right. Aaaayyyyyiiiieeee!!!!

I would just love to do some of the simple tests on my bike, ie. bike running while checking the charge on the battery, and checking the r/r leads (i understand the chart on how to test but after that I start scratching my head)

Please HELP us!!!!!!
12-03-2006 06:52 PM
Sky Rider Welcome to the world of non standardized digital meter outputs.
12-03-2006 06:44 PM
Crobins365 With the analog, I realized that I was reading infinity at rest and at ground. It was just bugging me that folks were suggesting my meter should read a number, and I was getting a letter (L). Kinda like, "On this multiple choice exam, do you select response 1, 2, 3, or 4?" Me: "Uh, my answer is the letter E." "Overload" - who knew!?!
12-03-2006 05:50 PM
Sky Rider Just to explain the infinite resistance reading or OL on the digital meters, the reason the meter reads infinity while idle is that there is nothing but air between the lead ends so there is so much resistance that it can't be measured. The same thing happens in an open circuit, the only thing connecting it is air and the resistance is so high it can't be measured. In essence, the leads just sitting there are measuring an open circuit since they are not connected to anything on one end other than open air. The same should happen with our stators. There should be no connection between the leads and ground that is measurable, hence infinity or OL. OL stands for overload on most meters. On some of the cheaper ones, the LEDs don't have the ability to make the L so they use a 1 instead. Hope this helps.
12-03-2006 03:51 PM
Originally Posted by Dianna
Elecmo and Mechmo, bad fellas to have hanging around in the garage when you are working on your bike! *L*
I have no problems admitting my 'Mechmo' related incident.

First time I rebuilt the top end of my XR dualsport, I mistakenly used the wrong marks to set the timing. When I tried to kickstart the bike I heard a near heart stopping metal to metal sound accompanied by the sudden stop of the kickstarter.
The exhaust valves (the more expensive of the intake or exhaust) made destructive contact with the piston
Luckily the piston was OK, but the valves needed replaced, again !
No Elecmo incidents on any of my vehicles, I learned how cautious ya need to be with electricity at a young age. Just wish my stator knew too !!

And Cindy, I too did extensive bicycle wrenching in my earlier years. Mostly with BMX type bikes and then some multi-speed bikes (3,5,10 & 18 speeds).
Used to hang out at a local bike shop just to get more info !! Then I had lost my drivers licence for about 12 years (No drunk driving or accidents, mostly no insurance/registration and some speeding, then driving w/o a licence) But then I came to have bikes with motors and the pedals ended up being a thing of the past !!
12-03-2006 02:21 PM
Dianna Oh I think there are others, we just happened to be the first to openly admit it here. I've heard some of the guys talk about "Elecmo" coming to visit them and botching up a horn or light install or two.
Elecmo and Mechmo, bad fellas to have hanging around in the garage when you are working on your bike! *L*
12-03-2006 10:37 AM
Crobins365 [QUOTE=Dianna]Being one that learned at an early age that you don't get the piece of bread out of the toaster with a table knife... QUOTE]

LOL. My sister and I joke that we grew up in the Safety Family, so I knew about the metal-in-the-toaster prohibition from, oh, probably birth.

Glad to know I'm not the only one. For now, the extent of electronic advice I can offer is, "Best results will be obtained in the 'on' position."
12-03-2006 12:40 AM
Dianna Being one that learned at an early age that you don't get the piece of bread out of the toaster with a table knife and you don't use a hammer to bend down the edge of a light bulb that broke off in the socket (First one you get zapped good and the second one will blow a fuse *L*) I tend to shy away from electrical stuffs!
However.. my husband is a wiring gadget rigging genius and is determined to teach me on my bike. He has walked me through doing tests and checking connections etc. Not my favorite thing, in fact I'd rather pull the engine then try and trace down an electrical problem!
So.. you aren't alone in feeling a little lost in the wiring etc..
I think you have a great idea here and am anxious to see what develops.
12-02-2006 10:52 PM
rckmtn I'll do some web work and get a message out with links.
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