Tuesday, March 07, 2006
What is going on with my wiring?
Yesterday I went home after lunch to grab the Vespa. Once again the weather was just to nice to have it sitting at home. Nothing really to relate. Riding is starting to just seem normal.
There is something I am hoping scooterists out there might be able to help me with. It is the last part of the scooter that I just can't get a handle on. It is the electrical issues that are bugging me.
The bike came with a 12 volt upgrade. I have not done anything except replace the wiring harness. I speced it to be exactly like the old one. I still have the same problems as the old one!
I will put in all new light bulbs. Things start off just fine and if the lights are off or only the pilot light and tail light are running, the scooter runs great. When I turn on the headlight, things start getting funky. The bike will run fine as long as I keep the throttle about one-third open. As soon as I rev past that the bike bogs or stutters. If I flip off the headlight, the bike picks up just great. If I leave the headlight on, it will ultimately blow along with other bulbs in the system.
Any ideas? This is driving me nuts. The headlight bulbs are not always easy to come by. I would appreciate any help someone might give.
Here is one thing that is somewhat different - thought I can't see how this would be an issue (I don't think). I took the sidecar off and have plans of making a "quick attach" connection for the pod. That meant I had to cut the wire going to the sidecar lamp. I closed off the connection with a regular female electrical plug. The idea being that I would put the male end on the pod side and when I attach the sidecar, I will simply plug it in. However, that means that the circuit is not connected. Would that make any difference? I wouldn't think so, but I'm learning that Vespa electrical systems don't always follow convention!