Monday, November 27, 2017

Wiring Woes

Typical peek under the seat of a Triumph twin
Breakdowns - nobody want to be stranded at the side of the road - how do avoid these troubles?

In my experience an electrical problem is more likely to end your ride than just about anything else. Some of these problems are unforeseen but a lot of times they can be avoided.

Here are 5 tips to help keep you going on your next ride.

  1. If the wiring loom has been patched a number of times consider replacing it. After 40 years the wires and connectors are just too old and crusty to do the job reliably anymore.
  2. Make secure wire joins. Avoid repairing wires midway with connectors.
  3. Leave enough slack for the wires to move around a bit without putting strain on the connections.
  4. Use good quality connectors and crimpers. Avoid the cheap sets of connectors at the auto parts stores. If you do have to use these preinsulated connectors remember to crimp the back end where the wire exits to support the wire.
  5. If you don't have the correct tools and experience to do the job...find an expert to give you a hand and get the job done right. Here in Adelaide there are a number of bike electricians I would happily recommend.
Hope that helps,

Steve Kelly

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