Personalizing our bikes is what we do, and when it comes to electrical changes, it can be a hot (pun intended) subject. As a mechanic, I see a steady stream of electrical work for things like radio upgrades, more powerful lights, wires for heated apparel, and lighted cup holders.
When adding a new electrical component, there are some things you can do to make your life easier and safer in the long run:
- If you are not up to the challenge, use an expert.
- Properly fuse for overcurrent protection and use proper gauge wire.
- Protect wires from chafing and heat sources.
- Keep wiring neat and secure.
- Buy good quality products that can withstand the rigors of rain, dust, vibration, and extreme heat that your bike will need to withstand.
- When you install a part, evaluate the need for disassembly at a later time. If you use quick disconnects, it will make things much easier vs. hard wiring.
- Use dielectric grease on all quick disconnects to seal out moisture and prevent corrosion.
- Include spare fuses in your tool kit.
Electrical issues can leave you stranded or even worse, cause your bike to go up in smoke. Do it right —enjoy your riding season!
About the author:
John "Woody" Graves is one of those "been there, done that" motorcycle enthusiasts. Enthusiast is actually an understatement; it’s his passion and way of life. Woody’s passion dates back to 1971 when he started motocross racing. Since then he’s dedicated his life to restoring, fabricating, and repairing motorcycles. Today, Woody owns and operates his own motorcycle shop in Waukesha, WI. He’s also still racing and a promoter of the Midwest Vintage MX series. With five decades of experience working on his own bikes, building race bikes, and servicing customer’s bikes, he has the knowledge to help you enjoy your ride and stay safe on the road.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.