Originally Posted by sharkey
I reckon Honda are just jealous of BMW's fine work in mounting
semiconductors _inside_ the engine casing :-).
Keeps their friends at HPN in business. They cut the al off the top of the motor and mount the electrics around the starter motor.
MotoGuzzie have the same alternator - they put their electrics out of the motor (including the diode board). And with the heavier guzzie flywheel don't have the rotor failure rate of airheads (the 'newer' ones with the light flywheel - about 1975 on I think?).