Gone are the days when motorcycles were repaired with a deft touch or tweak of an old hand or gifted mechanic. Things started change once makers realised the impact on performance the introduction of controlled electrical impulses could have. Of course getting a spark out of spark plug or generating a constant charge had been mastered fairly early on. Early innovation from the far east and Europe meant an unstoppable wave of technological advance was on its way. When Japanese motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha et al followed by the Europeans realised that more electronic gave more efficiency and performance the way was clear.
From early transistors and solid state components the advance in this technology has been amazing. How many of us can remember regularly adjusting your bikes' contact breaker points with the aid of; emery paper, feeler gauges, compression gauges, TDC markers and paper guides. Then someone introduced you to a 'strobe' and then came the conversion to digital ignition - WOW! Look how far we've come.
Part of this innovation was driven by the desire to produce a 'better' machine and also gave the manufacturers the opportunity to control after sales service, bike specific parts and remedial works by 'main dealers' and specialist tools and devices. While this may sound a little cynical the Motorcycle Industry is a business! While the motorbike took second place in development behind those on four wheels the last 15 years has seen two wheelers catch-up.
Obviously the main reason for any ECU is to monitor, control, enhance efficiency and safety of the performance and ride-ability of your bike. While millions of functions every second go unseen their activity is vital to your machines operation.
- Operating safety of the machine
- Engine management systems
- Brake servo control and monitoring
- Component checking
- Atmospheric sensoring
- Checking vital contact points and their interactions
- Service scheduling
- Wear and tear of parts
Now of course with many machines removing a panel to inspect the bike causes a warning light can appear on your dash. This may require a proprietary device or main dealer intervention to rectify it. Motorscan from Italy produces a robust and easy to use interface to help resolve a multitude of ECU related issues on hundreds of machines. The hand held diagnostic tool is self contained and can be connected to a wide range of motorcycles using an appropriate interface cable. The 6050 is not reliant on wifi or connection to a tablet or laptop while it draws its power from the bikes own battery (needs to be fully charged), allowing the technician to quickly access onboard information, analyse faults and read codes. Once diagnosis is completed and the fault rectified, resetting service lights etc. can be done and the workshop can reunite the bike with it's owner.
Vital to any Diagnostic Equipment - you should consider
- Ease of use
- Robust hardware and reliability
- Multi-function and application
- Regular Software Updates
- Availability of Cables and spares
- After sales support and warranties