When it comes to motorcycles understanding and being able to diagnose electrical related issues can be one of the most daunting and frustrating parts of the process of repairing or building a custom project. Would you like to be able to just look at your bike and know what's wrong when it doesn't start or has an intermittent ignition issue? We can't guarantee that Tesla was a unique individual, but we CAN guarantee that we can get you going in the right direction!

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The first in our electrical series Intro to Motorcycle Electronics is taught by Ross Davis of Track Side Cycles. Ross is not only an accomplished veteran mechanic of 40+ years, he was also an engineer at Honda Motorcycles as well as an instructor's trainer (that's right, he wrote the materials and trained the teachers) at MMI. In short, he's the man!

In our INTRO TO ELECTRONICS workshop Ross will take you through the basic fundamentals that make a motorcycle work, and not work. By the end of this class, you won't be able to build a custom harness (that comes later) but you will have a proper understanding of motorcycle electronics to use as a foundation to build your troubleshooting and eventually, custom building skills.

There are five total classes that can be taken over the course of a few months. In a short time, someone who doesn't know a single thing about should be able to diagnose and repair most problems found on motorcycles the like of what rolls in and out of the Standard Motorcycle Co-op.


  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Explanation of Tools (Volt Meter, Test light, Short-finders, Emery Tester, Pig-tails, etc.)
  • Component Identification (Regulator, Rectifier, Stator, Coils, Fuses, Ignition, Switches, Relays, Flasher, Solenoids, etc.)
  • Battery Identification and Maintenance (LA, AGM, LiION, Health vs. Charge)
  • Reading a Wiring Harness Schematics


In this workshop, you'll be learning again from Ross Davis of Track Side Cycles. A lifetime veteran motorcycle mechanic, training curriculum designer for MMI and service engineer for Honda Motorcycles. aka: The Boss. Trust us, he know's what's up and is gonna hook you up.


Because now you're ready to focus on a few of the main and specific components a motorcycle has and depends on to guarantee its rider the ultimate and rad experience. Lights is a critical one, learn about wattage draws, the differences between different types of bulbs and what makes them work. Switches and relays too. They make sure your lights amongst other things work properly.


  • Understanding Different Types of Switches
  • Understanding How Light Bulbs Work
  • Understanding Different Styles of Bulbs
  • Understanding LED's vs. Traditional
  • Understanding Relays
  • Understanding AMP Draw


If you think your motorcycle will run without tip-top electronics, you must be riding an old Panhead with a Magneto. For all the rest of us, electronics are one of the most important parts of our bikes. Namely the Charging, Ignition & Starter Systems. Without two of those we simply, can't ride. And that sucks!

Fortunately, you've gone through ELECTRONICS x 101 and have a solid understanding of the basics of motorcycle electronics. And now you're gonna learn about those aforementioned systems above from none other than Ross Davis, himself.

In this workshop, Ross will go in-depth into charging systems and how they work because if your motorcycle isn't charging, neither are you!


  • Overview of Charging System
  • Alternators vs. Generators
  • 1/2 Wave v. Full Wave v. 3-Phase
  • Regulator Rectifier Function
  • Testing Procedures


The Ignition System is 1/3 of your entire electrical system on your motorcycle. The charging system makes up one other third and your starting system the, other. Without a properly functioning trifecta, ain't nothing gonna work!

In ELECTRONICS X 103 we take a close look at Ignition Systems, how they work and what components make up the entire system and the fun part, how to troubleshoot them when they're not working properly.


  • Overview of Ignition Systems
  • Coil Types and Operation
  • Points / Condensor v. Electronic Ignition
  • Spark Plug Heat Ranges
  • Testing Procedures


While kickstarting motorcycles is cool, for some people it's just not an option. Plus, let's be honest, how many times do you really need to kick your motorcycle to life, put on your helmet whilest sliding your glasses in slowely perfectly reflecting the failing light before it get's old?

In ELECTRONICS X 104 we cover the entire starting system on your motorcycle. What it is, what components make it up and how to diagnose and test them.


  • Overview of Starting Systems
  • Explanation of Starter Safety Circuit
  • Explanation of Starter Relay
  • Explanation of Starter Itself
  • Testing Procedures


Gone are the days where a cool fella could repair a broken buss fuse for just enough time to get him home, with the foil from a cigarette pack. The fuses are plastic now and so are the cigarettes and their packages and in lots of cases, the motorcycles are too come to think of it.

So what do you do when you turn your key and the ignition doesn't work? Or what about when you're heading home from the best night of your life riding with friends and your headlight dies? Or what if there's a significantly attractive member of the opposite sex standing on a curb and you can't honk at them in a state of romance?

You handle it. That's what happens. That is of course if you've taken ELECTRONICS TROUBLESHOOTING with Ross Davis here at Standard Motorcycle Co. Ross has spent the last 30 some-od years of his life diagnosing other people's bum electronics. He's seen it all. And he's going to share all of that with you in this workshop!


  • Diagnosing Shorts
  • Diagnosing Opens
  • Repairing Harnesses
  • Using Tools to Aid Diagnosis
  • Individual System Components
  • Component Failure


Building a wiring harness isn't as simple as one might think. Says the guy who has 15 different types of speaker wiring hanging above his toolbox...

Building a harness, while not difficult merely time-consuming, is probably one of the most gratifying things you can do on a motorcycle. It's also one of the most mystified. To know that when you turn that key, though (if you build your own harness), that it gives life to the engine allowing it to move, really is one of the coolest feelings ever.

In ELECTRONICS X 106 - WIRE HARNESS CONSTRUCTION Ross Davis will take you through a tour on how to build a harness from scratch. He'll cover laying out your components to the physical construction of the harness and everything else in between!


  • Selecting the proper wire type, gauges, color, etc
  • Understanding your old harness
  • Laying out the new harness
  • Using proper connector types and where to source them
  • Crimping and Soldering, the differences and when both are the best solution
  • Physical construction of the harness