Much progress in vehicle electrical systems has been made in the past twenty-five years since our Moto Guzzi California 1100i was manufactured. Electronic circuit boards now make it possible to consolidate component form factors while, at the same time, increasing the amount of useful data that gauges, indicators and smart phones can display.
Motogadget designed two important parts — the mo.unit blue that replaces traditional fuses/relays and the Chronoclassic analog tachometer that combines RPM with a host of other important data elements — well suited to our Aero Moto™ project.
These components facilitate a minimalist dash that still provides comprehensive data displays.
The electric system will be completely re-designed and this implies a deconstruction of the existing harness.
Click HERE to view the new wiring schematic.
Consolidated electronic components significantly simplify the physical layout of wiring.
Most of the connections remain directly behind the aluminum dash panel. The left side of the cubby provides easy access to the Motogadget mo.unit.
Aside from the dashboard/cubby connections, remaining harness connection points are primarily in the engine bay area.
A battery box suitable for size 038 is welded to the frame bottom on the left side. The alternator at the front of the engine is connected to the voltage regulator — this cable might be run under the engine block — and then routed to the Motogadget mo.unit.
The ECU plug portion of the harness requires some modification, especially related to the fuse panel connections. Most of the EFI related pigtails/plugs can be reused without major changes.
A removable cubby cover protects the electrical connections but still allows convenient access. The cover (purple color) can also act as an information legend for dashboard LED indicators, reverse gear procedure, shift pattern, and other operational and safety details.
An engine lockout switch, secured by the cubby lock, provides hidden theft protection. The right side of the cubby can hold registration and insurance cards, sunglasses, phone, and other items.
Beyond the hardwired vehicle electrical system, the Motogadget ecosystem enables bluetooth connectivity to a rich source of data and useful applications. The Motogadget mo.ride smart phone app is the free portal to your “garage” in the cloud.
After customizing the Aero Moto™ parameters in the app, the smart phone is then paired with the Motogadget mo.unit device to fully integrate data between the vehicle and the outside internet. There are so many features that at first it seems overwhelming.
The mo.ride app turns into a “dashboard” when the smart phone is turned horizontally. You can select six data elements to display from a menu of 26 elements.
When the smart phone is turned vertically, mo.ride offers separate screens for a last trip history, detailed maintenance reminders, statistics, and an alarm function.
And if that isn’t enough to satisfy the need for instant information, the maintenance section is linked is a massive online database of related products like fluids, batteries, and tires.
The mo.ride app can also save photos, invoices, and documents like the vehicle title electronically.
Perhaps the best aspect of the mo.ride implementation is that it remains completely non-invasive. That is, the vintage cyclecar appearance and function isn’t impacted in any way. All the state-of-the-art technology is wireless, hidden, and only activated upon demand.
Tire pressure monitoring
Much of the mo.ride data display has a high entertainment value (and there is nothing wrong with that!) but there are some important safety features that are easily integrated as well, starting with tire pressure monitoring.
A round sensor unit screws into the tire value stem and pairs with the mo.ride app via bluetooth (the battery has an estimated 2-year life). Pressure is continually monitored, and if values exceed or fall below the benchmark setting, a warning message is sent immediately.
This feature is especially important in a 3-wheeler where the rear tire is essentially inaccessible.