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Magic Sequences for Vectrix Service

This page can be used to list the magic sequences that make a Vectrix VX-1 do certain things.
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Here are the ones I remember off the top of my head - could anyone who has recently used them write exactly how it works, please?

I'll edit this first post so the best descriptions are added to the first post to make it more user-friendly.

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Turning on both head-light filaments at once:

Turning off the head-light (different with different software versions):
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Motor encoder calibration:
With rear wheel lifted off the ground and side stand in the "up" position:
Before you turn on the key, apply full throttle and the right brake lever. Turn on key and hold throttle and brake until wrench icon appears. The encoder routine will start automatically. First the wheel will lock to a position then it will slowly turn until it is calibrated.
See: http://visforvoltage.org/forum/9644-encoder-calibration-routine
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Motor phase test:
With rear wheel lifted off the ground and side stand in the "up" position:
Before you turn on the key, apply full throttle and the left brake lever. Turn on key and hold throttle and brake until wrench icon appears. The motor (wheel) should spin forward slowly and smoothly. This tests the phases of the MC w/o any encoder feedback.

See: http://visforvoltage.org/forum/10108-vectrix-not-running-right#comment-55531
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Checking battery temperature (different with different software versions):

Checking battery voltage (different with different software versions):
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Throttle Calibration

See... http://visforvoltage.org/forum/4918-throttle-calibration-indicator

Bike ignition On
Kill Switch Off
Pull left brake lever
Speedo should read 43kph
If not, adjust as per linked instructions.

MW

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I doubt we know them all yet, so please reply if you know any other magic sequences.

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MC phase test routine

This test can help to differentiate encoder problems from motor controller problems:

<a href="http://visforvoltage.org/forum/10108-vectrix-not-running-right#comment-55531" title="http://visforvoltage.org/forum/10108-vectrix-not-running-right#comment-55531">http://visforvoltage.org/forum/10108-vectrix-not-running-right#comment-55531</a> wrote:

Try the same technique you used to calibrate the encoder, but use the left brake instead. The motor (wheel) should spin forward slowly and smoothly. This tests the phases of the MC w/o any encoder feedback. If this doesnt work, then the problem lies with the IGBT (or MC). If it does work, Then it is likely an encoder issue.
The fact that the wheel didnt spin during encoder calibration leads me to believe there is a phase problem. The test above will confirm.
BTW.. wheel must be off the ground.

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Tools for encoder and encoder disk alignment

Here are some photos with metric measurements (Click to enlarge and move screen to read gauge display):

As mentioned earlier, I have not tried to align the encoder with the tool shown. But the tool fits nicely on the still connected encoder and I believe it would work if I needed it.

The U-shaped spacer (or shim) for the encoder disk is tested and works very well. It needs to be 0.134" = 3.4 mm thick.

The picture below shows the shim in use to set the correct height for the encoder disk. The two holes into which the PCB stakes of the other alignment tool would fit can also be seen. The encoder mirror gets connected by pushing it's frame into these holes.
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Creature double feature : how to turn off the headlight or to double its power !

First of all, there is no known way to switch off the front position light : it remains on as long as the bike is switched on (as the rear postion light).

Then, here are the three different headlight behaviours that I've noticed :

1 - standard behaviour : you switch on the bike, the low beam is on. If you switch to high beam, the low beam switch off, and vice-versa.

2 - both beams on : you switch on the bike, the low beam is on. You pull the high beam pass switch for approx. 5 seconds, and you release it after the first beep. You are now in "both beams on" behaviour : the low beam remains on when you switch to high beam (more light, but more consumption).

3 - headlight off : coming from the step 2, you pull the high beam pass switch for approx. 5 seconds, and you release it after the first beep (or, coming from step 1, you pull the high beam pass switch until you hear a second beep). The headlight turns off (so do the headlight telltale on the dashboard), but the position light remains on. You can use the high beam pass switch to send a "flash" to the cars in front of you. If you switch to high beam, the headlight behaviour comes back to step 1.

Of course, everything is reset to standard behaviour if you switch off the bike.

Now, I would like to add a personal note about this : I've been driven motorbikes since almost 30 years, and half of it in the parisian suburb. I had a very serious accident at the beginning of my biker career (I was about to loose my left leg but, fortunately, it's still there !), and since then a few minor ones.

During all those years, I've learned that one of the main points to drive safely (with reasonnable speed) is to constantly ensure being seen by motorists. I let my low beam always on, I wear a yellow safety waistcoat (I know it's ridiculous, but my life is more important than my pride), and I would have put a blue flashing beacon on my helmet if I was allowed to ! So I strongly recommend to let the low beam on (and to wear a safety waistcoast), your life is more important than a few kilometers of range !

Drive safely, if you want to have the opportunity the enjoy your marvelous Vectrix for long ...

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Vectrix Throttle

Anything on how to diagnose, adjust, repair, replace the Vectrix VX1 Multi function throttle can be added here.

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More helpers needed to maintain the Vectrix Collaborative Handbook

For example, when you search VisforVoltage or the handbook, for information on a specific topic, start a new handbook page and paste all the best posts you find into it!

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Double Light Globe Design - Vectrix Inrush Current Limiter

This page is about the Double Light Globe Design for the Vectrix VX-1 Inrush Current Limiter ( ICL ).

Please add any links to relevant pages or reply with experience reports using such a design.

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Well tested Vectrix Inrush Current Limiter Designs

This chapter is for describing Vectrix VX-1 Inrush Current Limiters ( ICL ) that have been reported as working well for repeated use.

If you want to discuss alternative ICL ideas, but have not actually tested them in repeated practice, then discuss them in the other chapters first.

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Original Vectrix Inrush Current Limiters

A book page to discuss any of the original Vectrix Inrush Current Limiters.

If you happen to have knowledge about, or access to some of the various Vectrix Inrush Current Limiters (ICLs), then please share!

It appears that there have been at least three different (?official?) Vectrix Inrush Current Limiters.

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