It’s no secret, motorcycles, like every other kind of vehicle, are getting a lot more complex. The engine, the ABS braking system, those big touring bike sound systems and most everything else are all connected to and controlled by an onboard computer. Data constantly flows while the bike is cruising down the road or even when you simply turn the key on, but sometimes things aren’t right. Your check engine light comes on, something doesn’t work and you start thinking of a big repair bill at the dealer while a mechanic checks the trouble code and fixes what’s wrong, but what if you could check things out yourself?
What if you were fluent in “trouble code” and knew instantly what your Harley was trying to tell you and you could fix it yourself avoiding an unnecessary trip to the shop or, on the other hand, when something was serious enough that it needed immediate attention from your mechanic? What if you could be artificially intelligent, a diagnostic wizard? Well, now you can be with Motorscan, a plug in diagnostic adapter for most Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 2001 to 2015.
This compact adapter comes in two versions, one for older Harleys, one for newer:
It’s pretty neat. Simple, too. You load the smartphone app, plug the Motorscan adapter into the diagnostic port, turn on Bluetooth, pair the adapter with your phone and you’re all set and you can leave the adapter plugged in all the time because it’s so small and uses no power when the bike is off. You’ll be able to see any trouble code along with a detailed description of the fault. You can also clear the code with the app plus you can view live engine data in a virtual dashboard when the engine is running. Cool.
Since the adapter is so small and can be plugged in all the time, you’ll be able to perform a complete systems check wherever you are as long as you have your phone, after all, what good is a powerful tool if it’s too much of a hassle to use? With Motorscan, you and your Harley can do a virtual mind meld, you’ll always be a wizard.
Although Motorscan works with most Harleys manufactured from 2001 to 2015, does it work with yours? Check the compatibility list to be sure.
The Motorscan adapter is priced at $199, that’s less than some new chrome accessories and a whole lot more useful. If you ride a Harley and want to keep it in top shape, you really should check this out.