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Rectaltronics last won the day on April 18

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  1. Sweet. I had picked up a '97 with under 6K on it back on 2007. Not mint but close enough for government work. Picked it up for something like $3000, put another few hundred into it and got a lot of enjoyment out of it before it was senselessly slaughtered by the pilot of a U-Haul in 2014. It had an "interesting" back story. But it worked out well enough.
  2. The relay coil is a resistive load, not a short-circuit. By short-circuit I mean a path with essentially zero resistance, like a piece of hookup wire. We'll ignore values of thousands or hundredths of an ohm for now. Polarity does not really matter except the "ground" concept would be different or absent. Fused supply to the relay coil is controlled by a switch. Electrical current goes through the fuse (short-circuit), through the switch (short circuit when closed, else open circuit), through the coil (DC mostly resistive load), probably around 75 Ohms through that coil if my Google-fu is good, then from there to ground. That 75 Ohms means about 184 mA with a healthy 13.8 Volt supply. Hardly a short, much less substantial load. And that's usually the idea of an automotive relay. You use a low-current set of contacts (like the handlebar switch with its small contacts and relatively small gauge wires) to control the flow of a larger current with the heavier contacts in the relay, and with larger wires and larger fuses, etc.
  3. I'll have the measure that one day. I often feel like Austin Powers in the pee scene from the original movie. ("stage 5") The Shorai batteries and their ilk seem to be an acquired taste. Folks in cold climates are often uncomfortable with their behavior. I recall the weight shaving mania I had back when I was a fairly fit, semi-competitive bicyclist. Spent a fortune buying light stuff, spent lots of time with punch and a dremel in my hand drilling holes in everything I could possibly drill. Very proud of having a bike that weighed under 19 lbs. In the end it didn't make that much difference and the super-light components were often more trouble than they were worth due to fragility, excess flex, etc. I'd do things differently today. But everyone needs a hobby. To each their own.
  4. There's a discussion in another thread (front brake hose) that ended up mentioning engineers (and lawyers). What's interesting about engineers is what happens when you put them through Lean Six Sigma training. This looks like it could have been done to save a few feet of wire and employ slightly smaller connectors...
  5. Being no stranger to electronic circuits this is a little bit of an eyebrow raiser to me too. I've given this a little thought... So first of all we know that the LED headlamps are not nearly the current draw of its halogen predecessors. So the demand on the wiring isn't nearly as substantial as it would have otherwise been. If you're curious, check the DC current draw from the headlamp unit on high-beams, then check the size of the hookup wire against an ampacity chart. The other thing is that the way this is set, you engage the high-beam switch, which closes the relay, which then allows the full high-beam supply current along with coil current to flow through the switch. This means that at engagement time the switch is only handling coil current. Therefore there would only be arcing concerns (and the related lifetime concerns re the switch) at disengagement time.
  6. ...and the gas tank is only a bit more than a gallon less on the Panigale.
  7. That's a pretty expensive center stand!!!
  8. In my experience the low fuel warning comes on reliably at about one gallon remaining. Mine has that. It resets when I reset the A trip meter.
  9. While I generally agree with you, history is full of engineers' failures. That's why there are TSBs, recalls, etc. Sometimes the failures are somewhat more epic. I enjoy citing the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge as an example.
  10. Oh OK. We here tend to get higher rates if we say we're using the bike to commute, but that's mostly due to the legitimate extra likelihood of traffic incidents.
  11. So waitaminnit... is that £250 mean business and pleasure? But £1031 for pleasure only?
  12. Back at the OP's Honda dealer there are a couple of young kids in the shop who are randomly packing extra parts with the bikes they're prepping, and laughing their asses off as they envision puzzled owners of new bikes trying to figure out with increasing frustration what the bits are for.
  13. Back in '84 when the Yamaha RZ-350s hit the streets in the 'States, my insurance company didn't know what it was. 20s, unmarried, and I think I was paying $180/year for comprehensive. 'Cause it was under 350cc. LOL
  14. Somewhere on the Internet a guy with another Honda is asking WTF the dealer did with two white panels he was supposed to have.