First published in five parts between September 2016 and February 2018, this 19-page feature by Ralph Ferrand is an essential guide to your modern classics’ electrics.
Almost every classic bike that hops on my ramp has been abused in the electrical department. And in my opinion the greatest contributor to automotive electrical failures is the widespread sale of pre-insulated terminals, which seem to be available everywhere. They’re usually supplied with yellow, red or blue ‘insulators’. They should be called ‘part-insulated’ as the insulation never covers as much of the connector as it needs to for a proper safe job. As soon as I see one on a bike, I know someone who hasn’t a clue has had a go at the wiring.