Speaking of electrickery and electronics.

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by CrazyCam, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. CrazyCam

    CrazyCam Guest

    Hi all.

    As some of you may have noticed, I have got a Street Triple.

    Like it's big brother, the Speed Triple, it comes with twin round
    headlamp, with no off switch.

    When the ignition is on, the lights are on, and they are 55/60W each and
    they warm up the glass very nicely. :-|

    As some of you may also have noticed, I am a firm believer in the
    principle of being different makes you noticed.

    So, I thought of two things, one was to fit an on/off switch for the
    head lights.

    The other, a more adventurous one, was to fit a BI-Xenon HID bulb to one
    of the two lights. Kinda like

    So far, so good. Today, however, the package arrived from Hong Kong.

    It is scary.

    It contains a thing that looks like a bulb, which I expected.

    It also contains a ballast, whatever that may be, and a control box, as
    well as assorted bits of wire.

    The instructions with the stuff has several different diagrams of
    wiring, none of which make any sense to me, but do have lots of dire
    warnings of high-voltage electricity, and don't look directly at the
    bulb when it's lit.

    Anyhow, any of you lot done this kind of thing? Any hints?

    CrazyCam, Feb 27, 2008
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Knobdoodle, Feb 27, 2008
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    BT Humble Guest

    Sounds like you've created a problem for yourself in the course of
    solving a problem that didn't exist! ;-)

    I'd help you if I could, but I've got enough broken motorbikes of my
    own already without breaking yours too!


    BT Humble, Feb 27, 2008
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    Marty H Guest

    hey I am a sparky.....

    I learnt all that 17 years ago...

    I forgot it 16 years ago

    I shouldn't have believe them when they said "here, put your tongue on

    explains alot really

    (thats right, the starter shorts out, bypasses the ballast to give a
    full supply to the tube to create an arc, once struck the ballast
    limits the current...... "here, put your tongue on this".....MMMMMM
    Marty H, Feb 27, 2008
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    Marty H Guest

    follow the instructions!!

    disconnect the battery!!
    I would run tail from the light circuit or switch to the work bench,
    make sure it is fused.( bike's lighting fuse is OK, but another
    wouldn't hurt if you want to be over cautious)
    wire everything up as per instructions on the work bench
    reconnect battery and test from the safety of a few feet,
    If it all works, then it can go on the bike, but remember disconnect
    the battery again while wiring it in, there is probably enough kick in
    these units to at least hurt or blow Johno's pacemaker into orbit via
    his nose, if it hasn't, why take the chance
    I would solder and heat shrink any joins, but thats me.

    it should be as simple as supply in and supply out,

    and dont use your tongue to test

    Marty H, Feb 27, 2008
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    CrazyCam Guest

    Knobdoodle wrote:

    You are right again, Clem. :)

    CrazyCam, Feb 27, 2008
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    CrazyCam Guest

    Johno wrote:

    I _really_ don't want to even think about that. :-|
    Tried that..... nope, didn't work.

    CrazyCam, Feb 27, 2008
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    CrazyCam Guest

    Yes, well some of the showers and thunderstorms have been cutting into
    my riding time.
    Thanks for that, anyway. :) (not breaking mine)

    I may well drop back to setting up the fancy lamp on the RZ250.....
    simpler, single head light, with existing on/off switch.

    I've often wondered what that bike would be like if I could ride it in
    the dark.

    CrazyCam, Feb 27, 2008
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    CrazyCam Guest

    Marty H wrote:

    That's part of the problem, the instructions show power in and
    connection of the new bits but no clear indication of how this then
    connects back to the existing wiring.
    Ah, that's my mistake.

    My father used to fiddle about with electrical things, and always got me
    to switch them on and off the first few times.

    Can you rent temporary sons?

    CrazyCam, Feb 27, 2008
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    G-S Guest


    "Hey, grab that wire!"


    "Clean up & Apprentice to aisle 2 please"

    G-S, Feb 28, 2008
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    David Guest

    I'd guess that the ballasty thing is probably the igniter.

    Probably best not to put your tongue on its output when it is live :)
    David, Feb 28, 2008
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    CrazyCam Guest

    David, and others who have contributed comments, I know I am a bit
    strange about some stuff, but what kind of pervert do you think I am
    going around licking electrical components?

    Is this Quantum Fetish Mechanics raising it's ugly head again?

    CrazyCam, Feb 28, 2008
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    Marty H Guest

    its scanning and taking photos time!!

    if you can scan the instructions and take photos of all the bits, I
    might be able to help...
    I could never work on a help desk, I simply have to see thing in the

    As for rental of children, its been banned in this country for 60
    years, you are only allowed to torment your own

    (heheh... pull my finger)
    Marty H, Feb 28, 2008
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    Theo Bekkers Guest

    It used to be the standard test for EN22 9v batteries.

    Theo Bekkers, Feb 28, 2008
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