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Old age, poor eyesight. Taking things for granted #425894 03/24/12 1:31 am
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I purchased a ziplock bag full of NOS headlamp bulbs at a rally several years ago. They stayed in storage until last winter when I built my latest bike. Finally after all the work of the build came the time to start the thing. With a voltmeter on the battery I observed the voltage dropped to only 7V at low RPM's. The charging system was ailing.

I futzed around with it for about a week trying everything. Different regulators, different alternator windings. It blew the bulbs out one by one and the alternator would not charge properly if I ran the headlamp.

Nothing made sense. My alternator OHM'd out fine. It put out the proper unloaded AC voltage, but at low RPM it wouldn't charge when I burned the headlamp.

My neighbor was over helping me with it one day. I had just started the bike with the voltmeter installed using the last bulb in the bag. He was holding one of the burned out bulbs in his hand. Reading the tiny etched lettering inscribed on the base of it.

He said, "You do know these are six volt bulbs don't you?"

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Re: Old age, poor eyesight. Taking things for granted [Re: Tinker Tom] #425900 03/24/12 1:58 am
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This must fit into the context of the old adage of it's the simple things! They get most of us every time.


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Re: Old age, poor eyesight. Taking things for granted [Re: Tinker Tom] #425903 03/24/12 2:07 am
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I been there done that. The little [***] kicks my ass on a regular basis. I'm too focused on the hard stuff.

Re: Old age, poor eyesight. Taking things for granted [Re: bsawood] #425949 03/24/12 10:42 am
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YUP beerchug

Re: Old age, poor eyesight. Taking things for granted [Re: Tinker Tom] #425955 03/24/12 11:46 am
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I remember that embarresement from a series of newly built ships, where the construction yard
or the electrics subcontractor had decided to use identical lamp sockets for the 230V light network and for the 24V emergency lights.


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