If you’re sensing a pattern here over the course of recent episodes… well, I’m not going to say electricity hasn’t been on my mind. That’s not going to change with the first two episodes of Season Two, but I don’t want to spoil that for you, so I’ll focus on this episode right here!
Much like last time (Episode 27, in which we talk to Susanna Schick), I hadn’t really planned on putting out this episode. Things pop up, though, and I found myself working on the first in a series of articles about motorcycle electrical systems and I needed an expert to consult with and figure out my first critical issue: Can a motorcycle electrocute you?
When I have a technical question I can’t answer on my own, I seek out experts. That’s one of the inspirations behind Chasing the Horizon in the first place, after all – learning about stuff I don’t know from people who know all about it! Luckily for me, I know a guy who used to build complex electrical systems for a living. Seriously, he created an entire electrical system for a well-known liquor company when they wanted to put a giant mechanized cucumber slicer on a box truck to tour the USA and promote their product. Having seen the control system he built for that, I knew Stuart was the guy to go to for electrical information. Then, of course, I had the idea to record our conversation, include some general electrical questions and here we are with another technical episode of the show.
Season Two is still on schedule, and the first episode will be out on Monday, 3 September. It will be the first of two two-part episodes making up Motorcycle Manufacturer Month. October, November and December will see a number of shows focused on various aspects of motorcycle travel, from the epic to the mundane. It’s the first time I’m trying to incorporate some kind of theme to the season arc of the show, I guess we’ll see how it goes from there.
I normally put the MOA plugs in the episode, and certainly this one has one, but I want to put it in writing as well. If you’re interested in motorcycle electrical systems – even if you don’t ride a BMW – you might be interested in joining the MOA for a year to receive our excellent magazine, BMW Owners News. The series of columns will start in October, so you have plenty of time to get signed up. I know $49 sounds like a lot to pay for 12 issues of a fantastic magazine, but there are a lot more benefits to joining the MOA than just receiving the magazine. For those things, you can listen to the show and click the link below.
- 0.00 Intro
- 0.41 News
- 5.41 Discussion with Stuart Ostroff
- 55.50 MOA plug – sign up for a year’s membership, get our excellent magazine!
- 56.40 Wrap-up and thanks
- 59.10 Fin
- The Show & the MOA
- BMW MOA
- Chasing the Horizon online – (this) website, the email list, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PlayerFM, Stitcher, TopPodcast, podfanatic, podbay.fm, and Google Play Music
- MOA Membership Plug: Join the MOA & get our excellent magazine. Head to the main MOA website and click “MEMBERSHIP” on the menu bar.
- Harley-Davidson summer intern Tessa Otto rides… and rides… and rides.
- Ducati may be partnering with Hero to build a 300cc sport bike. (PS don’t forget what Hero did to Erik Buell Racing a few years ago.)
- BMW Motorrad has another rough quarter…
- …but BMW rider Erin Sills achieves a new land speed record.
- Royal Enfield fields an adventure team in the Philippines.
- A quick primer for understanding electricity.
- The best reference book for vehicle electronics is Fundamental Electrical Troubleshooting by Dan Sullivan. It’s expensive at $35, but worth every penny. Take a moment if you don’t mind and specify the BMW MOA Foundation as your Amazon Smile charity.
- How to read a wiring diagram.
- An article I wrote a while back about batteries: “Battery technology: AGM vs LFP”.
- BONUS LINK: Learn how to solder like a pro.
- EXTRA BONUS LINK: A band called Goodness did an up-tempo cover of “Electricity, Electricity” from Schoolhouse Rock. It’s awesome. Can you find the episode of Chasing the Horizon that uses a clip from this song?
I’ll see you out there somewhere on the road – or off it. Ride safe!