The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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Im in the middle of putting my R100gs/pd together, and while mounting the dual-coils, i wondered if the coils have to be grounded to the frame? For that matter, is the frame even part of the circuit? Unless i've missed something, i can only see the engine block being grounded at the transmition speedo outlet and at the starter via the diode board. The frame could be part of the circuit via the two long bolts which mount the engine, but to make a good connection i would have to remove some paint (or in my case powder-coating! ) Even then the connection could be sketchy. Also, are there any sugested meathods of properly grounding the battery to the motor besides the tiny wire next to the speedo?
The frame is definitely part of the circuit! One of the biggest causes of electrical problems on all bikes is poor grounds. Bright clean bare metal is needed. You can spray after assembly with an electrical contact cleaner/sealer.
The engine must be grounded securely to the frame. The main engine-battery connection is via the battery ground wire, a heavy wire from negative terminal to the speedo cable fitting bolt at the right rear of the transmission.
The coils aren't grounded in the stock setup.
There are a couple of ground connections at various points on the wiring harness, be sure they are well-grounded. One of them has several wires coming to one connection under the tank, usually to one of the coil mounting screws - be very careful it's a good solid clean connection, it's very important.
Inside the alternator cover there is a ground connection for the diode board - there is also an additional harness available from your dealer that improves the connection - worth getting. I think it's part #12 31 1 468 013
While you're in there be sure your diode board has solid aluminum mounting, not rubber.
Check the main positive B+ wire - 4mm red - from the diode board to the starter - if it looks cooked or stiff and brittle replace it. Also check the main positive wire from the starter to the battery. All other alternator/diode board wires should be checked for signs of aging, brittleness etc and replaced if in any doubt.
I'd also scrape the engine and frame mount points clean and bright before assembly. Touch up with paint any bare parts showing when assembled.
Finally, check the voltage drop from the B+ terminal at the diode board to the + terminal of the battery. It should be less than .5 volts drop, preferably much less, like .1 or so. Too high a drop means bad connections or wires in the charge circuitry.
A little extra work here now can save a lot of grief down the road. I did a lot of ground improving and cleaning / sealing up etc on all my electrics when the bike was brand new - and it's paid off with 0 problems in 18 years.
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