When it comes to motorcycles understanding and being able to diagnose electrical related issues can be one of the most daunting and frustrating parts of the process of repairing or building a custom project. Would you like to be able to just look at your bike and know what's wrong when it doesn't start or has an intermittent ignition issue? We can't guarantee that Tesla was a unique individual, but we CAN guarantee that we can get you going in the right direction!

The first in our electrical series Intro to Motorcycle Electronics is taught by Ross Davis of Track Side Cycles. Ross is not only an accomplished veteran mechanic of 40+ years, he was also an engineer at Honda Motorcycles as well as an instructor's trainer (that's right, he wrote the materials and trained the teachers) at MMI. In short, he's the man!

In our INTRO TO ELECTRONICS workshop Ross will take you through the basic fundamentals that make a motorcycle work, and not work. By the end of this class, you won't be able to build a custom harness (that comes later) but you will have a proper understanding of motorcycle electronics to use as a foundation to build your troubleshooting and eventually, custom building skills.

There are five total classes that can be taken over the course of a few months. In a short time, someone who doesn't know a single thing about should be able to diagnose and repair most problems found on motorcycles the like of what rolls in and out of the Standard Motorcycle Co-op.


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  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Explanation of Tools (Volt Meter, Test light, Short-finders, Emery Tester, Pig-tails, etc.)
  • Component Identification (Regulator, Rectifier, Stator, Coils, Fuses, Ignition, Switches, Relays, Flasher, Solenoids, etc.)
  • Battery Identification and Maintenance (LA, AGM, LiION, Health vs. Charge)
  • Reading a Wiring Harness Schematics

After Intro to Electronics, the workshop series expands into these electives :

  • Lights Switches & Relay
  • Charging Systems
  • Ignition Systems & Starters
  • Troubleshooting
  • Custom Applications (Building Wiring Harnesses, MotoGadget, etc.)
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