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    02 LeMans (champagne), 99 Cagiva GC, '16 multistrada, KTM 990 ADV, Suzuki DR350/441, 50cc Vespa!
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  1. Thats what i've been using for some time on multiple italian machines, and i also have had my electrical issues go away. Thing is though, i have to admit that some time back I ended up defaulting to just going through the italian machine electrical the first winter I would own the machine (winter projects, not during riding season :->), which meant the roadstercycle mosfet regulator, upgrading any suspect looking wiring from stator to reg and then on to battery, removing un-needed italian butt connectors, then often also spending the $$ on the hicap cables. I used to fret over which of those changes was the most important, but ended up drinking the coolaid for "its my toy, and i want it right" to justify the expense in each case. A wise case can be made for all that being overkill and a waste of some of that money, as well as for the opposite, which is to have a well sorted machine. over time. i've had success with each of those fixes on different bikes, so i usually do them all now. The hicap cables worked wonders on my old ST4, whereas just upgrading the wiring and connectors to the VR from the stator on 3 different Gran Canyons seemed to be the real silver bullet for the issues that plagued that model. The shindengen I also do, but not as clear on whether it really was the answer based on trial & error, since that upgrade was always accompanied by another change (usually the wiring upgrade, which is certainly the cheapest of all those options). In fact, now that i think about it, i started doing that in around 2005, and since then i have not had a single electrical issue on any of my (modified as described) bikes. knock on wood. charging is great, batteries last 7+ years and are only replaced because i figure its time and not because of any bad symptoms (though note i also use deltran batt tenders all winter, always), and no oddball "won't start" issues. Very possibly just lucky, but the miles, years, and number of italian machines so modified are adding up to what might be a relevant data set...
  2. which cables/laptop to you use? i have the tuneecu setup, which if i recall correctly i run from windows on my mac via bootcamp (but now that i think of it, i upgraded my mac and i think i skipped the windows partition..... damn, forgot about that). It reads/writes to some ECU's, but not sure if its apples-to-apples, plus i'd need the cables specific for the V11. probably a thread on this, so i'll take a look, but a bump here could get me going down the right path. I'm not at all sure i'll even bother. I love the way the LM sings above 4800rpm, once i got used to letting her rev up that high. Always felt like the "tractor" should be treated nice, with the rpm's kept lower for that nice torque, but its so smooth and linear above 4800rpm, with no buzz/vibration, and instant throttle response, that i now tend to just ride her more in that zone. Funny, as people always say its not the rpm-lover "like a ducati" (commonly noted thing), but i find this V11 runs smoother than anything i've owned (other than 2 strokes) in that higher rpm zone. The only reason i'd mess with the ECU is to see what it is that "I didn't know i couldn't live without" in regard to the lower rpm zone, plus the ever present desire to mess around with stuff that should by all rights just be left alone... :-> I owned my oilhead boxer RT for over 65,000 miles before i installed a gizmo that some oilhead enthusiasts who were dialed into the ECU challenge came up with (AF-XIED, or some such acronym, which was a plug and play device for "tricking" the ECU), and low and behold a light shown from heaven and bestowed beautiful low rpm performance that i didn't know was something i had been missing.
  3. Hey Tom, shouldn't you be sleeping? the sun comes up there in about 4 more hours, and sunlight is becoming more scarce this time of year! or maybe you're now enjoying digesting the elk steak and IPA? :-> cheers
  4. ah yes, not the first time i've heard that name Meinolf today... I suppose i can search for an answer first, but are those maps via power commander, or is it an ECU flash of some sort? and does he send an ECU you can "pop in", or does the ECU need to be sent?
  5. Gmc28

    My Scura Build.

    very cool. I don't ride a bunch at night any more, but the operative piece for me there is being seen. yes, probably a safety enhancer, but selfishly its just so that i can see others following me, or be seen by someone ahead of me, when riding with someone else. A friend years ago commented on that when we were riding with a fair amount of separation due to dust on a (very long) gravel road, saying that he couldn't really see me his mirror, whereas i could see him fine when he was riding sweep. converted to LED (well, HID first, which was great, then LED later) on that bike and problem solved. Other thing i like is the lower amperage draw. Arguably not an issue (i know it can be a deep rabbit hole/debate related to power production and shunting), but with italian electrics i always like to err on the side of making things better... and especially if running some heated anything (jackets, grips, etc), and/or other power draws, reducing that 55w+ draw down to a number well under that with LED seems smart. I'm also generically a fan of the mosfet VR, but there also is a potential rabbit hole, as the issues i've had over the years with italian electrical stuff i think now are more related to crappy wiring and connections than to power handling, but i tend to err on the "do it" side with the VR question.
  6. Touche. that's the thing with these. The one i bought from my friend he now would like to have back (so i'm buying another). But they hold value well at this point (loaded statement), so keeping them around isn't such a bad thing, unlike a new bike that if it sits in the garage is costing money in depreciation.
  7. Interesting. So sounds like something i'd especially like to look at more for the bikes that i put a lot more miles on away from home area, and that i ride outside of cell phone coverage.
  8. wow. i'm not a "signer-upper" usually, but docc's suggestion of the AMA seems like a good way to go, despite me chucking their constant junk-mail to me... For comparison, AAA has the add-on option for family, so i could mooch off my wife's membership and pay less to joing, but then you need to upgrade to the higher level of service for it to cover bikes ($135?/yr?). ok, data point. But since i've never had to get trucked out of a bad spot to this point in my life, thats many decades of service i would have paid for, so therefore many thousands i would have spent in dues. So touche.... i gambled and have "won" so far to this point in life, since now i could pay cash for a tow and still come out way ahead. But the AMA deal... $49 and includes the 35 mile roadside towing/assistance, including canada and alaska. Not going to usually find that 35 miles will help much in Alaska, but still not a bad start. My old KTM up there is not the machine that i have the most faith in, and it doesn't get as much attention from me because it doesn't live in my shop each winter for some annual coddling, although i love it, .... so a tow option is a mildly comforting notion for the beast up north every year. Then, I'm usually on a bit of time schedule when i'm on my longer road trips and away from work/family, so its also comforting to know that if i can't fix something efficiently, then i could tow to a nearby town and shop, and airline home for work, then sort out things from there. Never has happened yet, and not planning on it, but again, mildly comforting. But then the AMA deal includes RV's and trailers? Crazy. The RV option from AAA as i recall is considerably more than the standard AAA deal, so seems like helluva deal from AMA. probably some catches in the fine print, but if the price is that low for something i hope to never use, then its a win.
  9. good question. in "middle aged" aircraft (80's & 90's) i can think of a couple setups where a thermal CB will trip, and a warning light illuminates, and you either see it or a checklist directs you to look for it, and it can reset itself with time (which i assume is usually cooling), or you manually reset it once its cool enough, which in that case is more or less like a standard CB, but still physically a little different. Of course my 1938 T-craft did not have that kind of equipment :->, but the later jets do. Maybe these automotive cb's give an indication... that would be interesting. Mikko presumably knows ?
  10. aviation also uses the auto reset CB's for some things, especially on the larger circuits.... they just cool off, and/or if the fault goes away they "can" reset.
  11. AMA web site is down. i'll check it out. if its that cheap, could be slick. I've always tossed their membership marketing mail, as its just more stuff i don't need and another little recurring bill, but for that cheap if it includes towing, not too bad. Isn't that large 30A under the seat the maxi fuse size? i've got the gold Lemans out in the shop, so i can go pull the seat up and look, but easier to just ask here from the desk at work... Mikko - i've not done the circuit breaker conversion. i've always been a believer in the notion that finding the "smoking gun" with a maintenance issue is a good thing, as at least then i know what to fix, and a burnt fuse helps add clarity perhaps to the troubleshooting issue. true that if the headlight (for instance) stops working, then theres not a lot of confusion over which circuit is problematic, but with some issues the burnt fuse can be a "stake in the sand" to help narrow down an issue, at least a little. Have you had good success with the circuit breakers?
  12. Tulsa to Dallas, then to Durango, then hopefully home (oregon) via whichever route fate (weather) would favor... and there are several very good routes. google maps says Dallas to portland is around 2000, plus the other legs and side routes.
  13. Thx all. docc - can u confirm if the 30a though, in its current stock form, is the typical automotive style? To get her home, i’d Just like to have a spare for the trip. Dave - good point on the stock tool kit... i always forget about that. I have a tool kit for each bike, based on how and where i use the bike. For my Alaska bike, its got a large-ish, well thought out tool kit, whereas for my street machines here at home its usually some spare odds and ends (fuses, relays, zip ties), a tool or two, and a credit card. But this bike is low miles (good), but by definition has been mostly sitting for 17yrs, and its not had a chance to sit in my shop to get looked over yet, so i’m Doing a little more doomsday prep’ing for this 2300+ mile run. Though i very well may just leave it at my brothers place in Durango, if i get there and decide that there’s not enough massage therapists and decent hooch to get me the rest of the way home. Went out to the shop tonight and grabbed my back country tool kit, and just pulled out select items, and placed them in a much smaller little case (an old Aerostitch canvas zip bag of some sort i had laying around). Its a “celebrity lineup” of the faves from that larger bag, minus the chain tool stuff and larger wrenches, which ends up also representing a decent cross section of what Docc shows in his serious equippage/setup. I don’t plan to do any big maintenance, but will be on some back roads where i’d Rather not have to try and call for help, so electrical stuff will be the main concern, after a basic tire plug and fill kit. pressureangle - i may actually consider upgrading my wife’s AAA subscription.... i’ve Never had it, but via a promotion they offer she can add someone in same household for free (1st year), then the next level up from basic it says includes motorcycle coverage. Hmm. Its a thought.
  14. Gmc28

    My Scura Build.

    I’ve got a set I’m inheriting on the new-to-me lemans I’m buying, but no experience yet with them. Hard to imagine they would provide anything but minor relief, but sometimes a little goes a long ways. Others have indicated they work great, and can change how your weight “lays out” on the bike. Will see.
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