Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

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Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by Dark Knight » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:39 pm

Always change the battery on the bike at the five year point, or before, if it is acting up.
There is just too much expensive electronics on modern bikes to take the risk that a dodgy battery could upset the regulator which might over volt the system or start generating voltage spikes with expensive results.
Starting to become concerned about all the electronics on the new bikes as I was talking to a R1150GS rider the other week who said that a new ABS Modulator cost him £1000.
It would be the embedded electronics that failed, probably some electrolytic capacitor on one of the PC boards, there could be a business opportunity here for re conditioned ABS Modulators.
Maybe we should all change to older bikes.

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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by Andy A » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:47 pm

No such problems on my 1986 600 tenere :)
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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by SPEN » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:02 pm

You can run the 1150 with the ABS disconnected with no issues ,

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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by Tonibe63 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:05 pm

Dark Knight wrote: Starting to become concerned about all the electronics on the new bikes as I was talking to a R1150GS rider the other week who said that a new ABS Modulator cost him £1000.
It would be the embedded electronics that failed, probably some electrolytic capacitor on one of the PC boards, there could be a business opportunity here for re conditioned ABS Modulators.
I suspect the cost of Liabilty Insurance would soon make it financially non viable.
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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by SPEN » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:13 pm

Eventually all older bikes will be put off the road as they won"t meet modern MOT requirements.You will need electronics to pass emissons test

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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by nug800 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:30 pm

They will have to lock me up to stop me riding My DR Big Spen :evil:

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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by Dark Knight » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:39 pm

Yes you would assume so, and you cannot ride older bikes in Belgium, but in this country they are dis continuing the requirement for MOTs on bikes older than I think 1970.
But this is because they have realized that the younger guys that do the MOT do not understand older bikes, the old guys will just know that they are all like this and accept the bike.
You see, if you look at the Service manual for say a 1978 Honda 500 four you are allowed 2 thou play each side in the rear wheel bearings and most guys will fail you for any play in the rear wheel bearings.
Of course you then appeal to the DVLA who have no other option but to accept the bike.
The trouble then is the MOT tester then is suspended for a year.

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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by devon john » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:56 pm

on my big twin Harley i through all the censers and fuel injection in the bin!!!

converted back to carb the best thing ive done to the bike 75,000mls and just run in!!

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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by Steve T » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:11 pm

SPEN wrote:Eventually all older bikes will be put off the road as they won"t meet modern MOT requirements.You will need electronics to pass emissons test
Nonsense!

Why?

Because they MOT classic cars that don't meet modern requirements, due to the allowances of the MOT that are vehicle age dependant. The same will apply to motorbikes.

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Re: Concern about all the electronics on modern bikes

Post by Paul-S » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:13 pm

Andy A wrote:No such problems on my 1986 600 tenere :)
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Very tidy that Andy saw it at the BBQ yesterday - did you modify this one yourself?

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