Motorcycles from around the early 80’s until the mid 2000s generally used shunt-type regulators. Newer bikes tend to use MOSFET regulators. The MOSFET type are more efficient and run much cooler (this video does a good job explaining why). The good news is that virtually any older bike can be upgraded with a newer, MOSFET-type… Continue reading MOSFET Regulator Rectifier Upgrade
Here are two photos comparing OEM Honda Transalp instrument lights with the Jiawen T10 1.5W SMD 5050 LED instrument lights from DealExtreme (DX.com SKU 394964): Both photos were taken at 1/4 second at f/5.6, ISO 800. The bright spot in the lower (LED) photo is because the Transalp instruments call for one lower-wattage bulb, which… Continue reading Jaiwen T10 SMD5050 Instrument Lights (DX.com)
I was looking for an EBC rear rotor for an RD04 Africa Twin, a bike which was never imported into the USA. No online shops in the country sold them, except, seemingly, one: TheRideStop. I put the item in my shopping cart and was shocked to see a shipping price of several hundred dollars. This… Continue reading Is TheRideStop.com Reputable?
I was putting new tires on my 1977 CB750. The rear tire went on and the bead set without too much difficulty, but the front tire was proving more troublesome. Previously, I had been running the Comstar wheels without tubes — something not officially endorsed until, I believe 1982 — and had used a bit… Continue reading Seating Tire Beads