View Single Post
Old 01-03-2009, 09:33 PM   #19
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
slartidbartfast's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 5,000
The solenoid moves pretty smartly but is moving a very small mass against a fairly weak spring. The current it is drawing either means the electromagnet is total overkill - more powerful than it needs to be, or it is very inefficient - perhaps with only a few windings. The truth is probably a bit of both. As I noted, I intend to try installing a resistor in-series with the solenoid to reduce the current it draws. This is not a big deal on the GS but on my airhead RT, I need to save every watt I possibly can.

Ideally, I'd have a clever circuit to cut the current to minimum once the solenoid has moved - but that would be adding potential failure points again.
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride

slartidbartfast screwed with this post 01-03-2009 at 09:46 PM
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote