Today, I just picked up two 1997 VX-1 closeout bikes at a great price from a dealer. I was told they both had updated software. One was the dealer's floor demo and I was told that the second one was bought in fall of 2008 by the dealer and just recently uncrated. The techs at the dealer went over both bikes in prep for me to take delivery, so I don't know if they updated the software or if I am just getting the bike as they were sold by Vectrix. I also got two Vectrix cards that said (going from memory here) the software was from Oct 2008.
So my first question is there a way to get the bike to display its software version without plugging into the CAN plug? The salesman told me only they could access this info.
Probably mistakenly, I was under the expectation that both bikes would basically be identical except for the colors which are different. However, when I was driving them around inside a building, I was able to notice that one sounded like a fan would turn on and run as soon as the throttle was cracked open slightly. The second bike seemed dead quiet to the extent that I think I could hear the disc breaks scraping as the wheels turned and I never heard a fan run.
So while I haven't spent a lot of time with either bike, it appears that the newer one either has an additional fan installed or has a software change that runs a fan everytime the bike moves. The demo bike has serial number ending around 900 and the second bike has one ending about 1900 so I'm guessing that one was made about halfway through the run of 2007 VX-1 while the second one may have been one of the last ones made.
Could someone please shed some light on this fan issue, or link me to a previous post please? Is there an extra fan installed, or is it purely a software issue? I'm guessing running the fan all the time decreases performance, but helps prevent battery failure. I'm guessing the fan I hear is directed to the batteries, but that is just my guess and I haven't specifically looked yet. I'm also guessing this is the battery charge fan that I am reading about in this forum.
So I'm left to conclude that the two bikes must have at a minimum different software. I was planning to sell one based on the color but now I'm thinking I should keep the one with the fan running constantly because it might increase battery life. I plan to use the bike on shorter commutes so maybe I could get by with either one since I don't think I will be stressing the batteries too much, but I don't want to second guess what the factory thinks is best. Any thoughts on this issue?
My apologies if this is already answered elsewhere, but looking around I really haven't found this addressed yet, and I need to decide ASAP which bike to register. I'm thinking that as far as the color, I could switch the covers. I can't imagine that should be too hard. Thanks, and I'm glad to see I found an active Vectrix forum. I look forward to contributing.