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#1: Fucking French Electrics

Posted on 2006-07-23 22:56:14 by Pete Fisher

As I came to start the Tart to leave the Trofeo Rosso today no one was
at home in the engine room. I then spotted that by hooking my helmet on
the mirror I had knocked the kill switch off. Should have known better
- the motor should still have turned over, but just not started.
Anyway, we got about 60m Kms when the misfire started. Rather
alarmingly this manifested itself whilst overtaking. Following the
Cadwell syndrome a few weeks ago I pulled over and opened the tank to
check the juice. Started again OK and off we went. More cutting out at
large throttle openings. As we approached a short section of autoroute
I decided I had better check things out. Stopped in a layby and revved
it few times until it died. The battery appeared virtually dead. Oh
shit - alternator bolloxed? Checked as best I could the battery
connections - nothing obviously amiss. Gave up, and was relieved to
find SWMBO had her mobile switched on and was at base. One v. tired lad
and I were soon recovered by Skoda and trailer. Before we loaded up I
tried jump leads from the car. The bike would only start and run while
the jump leads were connected.

On returning to base I tried jump leads again. This time I
inadvertently flashed the live from the donor battery to earth on the
bike while the jump earth was connected. Lo and behold the battery
amazingly returned to life.

So, hypotheses:

1) Battery earth connection. Possibly the earth end rather than the
battery terminal. Yet everything *looks* OK.
2) Strange internal battery short or break in circuit (vibration?).
Fancy gel battery not easily obtainable for quick substitution test :(

Naturally now everything is fine the meccano at Point de Corde would
find it hard to home in on the probem, which will probably wait until a
demon passing blast at the Manx to happen again.

Don't you just hate intermittent random electrical faults?

--
Pete Fisher

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#2: Re: Fucking French Electrics

Posted on 2006-07-24 01:22:03 by Grimly Curmudgeon

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
drugs began to take hold. I remember <a href="mailto:peter&#64;ps-fisher.demon.co.uk" target="_blank">peter&#64;ps-fisher.demon.co.uk</a> saying
something like:

&gt;Naturally now everything is fine the meccano at Point de Corde would
&gt;find it hard to home in on the probem, which will probably wait until a
&gt;demon passing blast at the Manx to happen again.
&gt;
&gt;Don't you just hate intermittent random electrical faults?

They can be an utter bastard... sometimes the only way is to make it
happen and hang the consequences.
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