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Old 09-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #1546
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Canbus is the motorcycle's self defense against ham-handed farkeling.
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:10 PM   #1547
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Canbus is the motorcycle's self defense against ham-handed farkeling.


I have not met a farkle I couldn't put on the bike because of the canbus layout. It is just not that hard. However, it does take more than half a brain.

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Old 09-28-2013, 04:36 PM   #1548
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Canbus is the motorcycle's self defense against ham-handed farkeling.
Trust me on this: CANBUS does nothing for stupid ! Some of the FUBAR wiring I see makes me wonder if the owners are actually trying to set fire to the bike !

Like Jim said, you need at least half a brain to do it correctly.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:31 PM   #1549
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Cantbus

CANTBUS is for you. It is not for me.

I've learned (the hard way) to kill the engine using the key.
I have not learned to plug in the (OEM) battery charger before turning off the engine. CANTBUS not happy, chargie not allowed, bike protected, battery barely able to start the bike three weeks later. Thanks, CANTBUS!

Variation on a theme: ignition key on, charger blessed by CANTBUS, ignition off. Week later, power outage, power restored, CANTBUS not alive to bless (OEM) charger, battery slowly dies. Thanks, CANTBUS!

I wire the few farkles just fine, don't welcome CANTBUS to protect my bike from my wiring. No choice but to wire everything direct to battery, go around CANTBUS. Even the OEM charger?!? Special little pigtail hanging off the bike somewhere, poking through the tupperware gaps? Asinine. Fail.

Whomever owns this bike in 10-20 years may curse the mission-critical failing electronics. I love this bike but wish for simpler systems.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:47 AM   #1550
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CANTBUS is for you. It is not for me.

I've learned (the hard way) to kill the engine using the key.
I have not learned to plug in the (OEM) battery charger before turning off the engine. CANTBUS not happy, chargie not allowed, bike protected, battery barely able to start the bike three weeks later. Thanks, CANTBUS!

Variation on a theme: ignition key on, charger blessed by CANTBUS, ignition off. Week later, power outage, power restored, CANTBUS not alive to bless (OEM) charger, battery slowly dies. Thanks, CANTBUS!

I wire the few farkles just fine, don't welcome CANTBUS to protect my bike from my wiring. No choice but to wire everything direct to battery, go around CANTBUS. Even the OEM charger?!? Special little pigtail hanging off the bike somewhere, poking through the tupperware gaps? Asinine. Fail.

Whomever owns this bike in 10-20 years may curse the mission-critical failing electronics. I love this bike but wish for simpler systems.

Perhaps you need a better charger that talks to the CANBUS ?

http://www.tecmate.com/u_optimate_4_dual.php

Plug it into an accessory socket, it tells the computer it is there and is connected to the battery as necessary to maintain your charge. I've been using one since they came out, and they work fine. None of the problems you complain about. I drive into the garage, park the bike, plug in the charger and forget about it until the next ride. Great product.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:38 AM   #1551
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Much easier to install a 30 amp 2 prong plug ( un-fused) direct to battery. Let it hang long enough to be able to get to it without removing the seat. You can use for charging or to jump start the bike.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:13 AM   #1552
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Maybe I'm confused but I just plug my BMW Smartcharger into the bike and plug it in once in the garage after riding and everything charges up just fine.

I did have some odd charger behavior when I first bought the bike and asked the Dealer about it. They replaced the charger and I haven't had a problem since. You might have a bad charger.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #1553
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Much easier to install a 30 amp 2 prong plug ( un-fused) direct to battery. Let it hang long enough to be able to get to it without removing the seat. You can use for charging or to jump start the bike.
+1 We have those on all four of our bikes. 2 BMWs, a Victory and a Norton. They work great.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:26 PM   #1554
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I think my speedo cable is starting to fray. At a normal cruise today, around 65, my speedo started to climb, to around 110 during any sort of acceleration. Is this a symptom of a broken cable?
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:36 PM   #1555
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I think my speedo cable is starting to fray. At a normal cruise today, around 65, my speedo started to climb, to around 110 during any sort of acceleration. Is this a symptom of a broken cable?
Can be. Does it jump around at low speeds?

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Old 09-30-2013, 06:25 AM   #1556
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Can be. Does it jump around at low speeds?

Jim
It does not. It was also wet last night. This morning it was dry and it didn't have an issue
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:27 AM   #1557
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It does not. It was also wet last night. This morning it was dry and it didn't have an issue
That doesn't sound like a cable to me, but it is easy to check. Pull the cable loose at the wheel end and remove it for inspection. If it is damaged it will be obvious. Odds are you have a speedo going bad.

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:50 PM   #1558
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That doesn't sound like a cable to me, but it is easy to check. Pull the cable loose at the wheel end and remove it for inspection. If it is damaged it will be obvious. Odds are you have a speedo going bad.

Jim
Thanks for the advice, ill take a look
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:26 PM   #1559
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Drive

Afternoon,

I have an '01 GS that the speedo was jumping about. I found the dogs on the gear drive worn (nylon if I recall correctly). I replaced the drive unit, problem gone.

Easy fix!!

RC

PS this is the last day of the H/F motorcycle lift half price sale!!!
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:38 AM   #1560
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I have not met a farkle I couldn't put on the bike because of the canbus layout. It is just not that hard. However, it does take more than half a brain.

Jim
Good luck with the LC GS. There's a pot of gold awaiting the clever individual who can devise a way to make driving lights switch on with the high beam.
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