Last Call: Crappy Ad Edition

Insurance is a form of risk management. Some of us are risk takers and have lithe bare minimum, while others are risk adverse, and load up as contingency against what might be seen as the inevitable. The one thing that’s a constant is that the specific loss against which you are hedging – timing, location, severity, etc – is almost always unknowable. This clever ad tries a humorous approach to making that a little more knowable.
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  1. Alff Avatar

    Am I the only one who thinks this is rather redundant?

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      I was thinking redolent.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Lets not put logic before a great idea.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Free Ninja! Meticulous diagnostic procedures edition.
    “Separate the 6-pin connector between the Regulator and the Stator, test for resistance between each lead.” “(Unless there’s smoke coming out. Pretty much the end of the test right there.)”

    1. nanoop Avatar

      “Assembly is the reverse of disassembly.”

    2. Alff Avatar

      The question then becomes, “Cause or symptom?”

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        I know, right? There’s a dead short somewhere. All the fire and brimstone was going on in this connector, but ain’t that the least likely place for a short? The Regulation RectumFinder was toasted, so I ordered another; but what if the stator fries that one, too?

        1. Alff Avatar

          Was this a problem in the past? Looks like this was a bullet connector, while the others are spades. That seems a bit odd.

          1. Batshitbox Avatar

            The connector had been opened before (the lock tab was snapped), and the R-R was missing a mounting bolt. Maybe a previous owner had a problem. It worked for about 20 short rides, so I think it had been charging until whatever happened. I found a new 6-pin connector, too, so I’ll rebuild that as well. (That’s not a bullet connector, you’re seeing the female side of the black wire, welded to the male side.)

          2. Alff Avatar

            Ugh. Electrical gremlins are the worst. My eyes work better than my brain.

          3. gerberbaby Avatar

            This is really common, I just finished working on a buddys Honda V twin. totally corroded and melted. Best advice is to eliminate connector and solder wires together then shrink wrap. I would like to know however if its cause or symptom, because we had to order a new stator.

        2. Vairship Avatar

          Wait, this happened after a short ride, right? Is it possible that it rained while the bike was parked outside, i.e. moisture got into the connector and caused the short circuit?

          1. Batshitbox Avatar

            Wait, this happened after a short ride, right?
            No, this happened after about 15 to 20 short rides. Enough that if there was no charging circuit at the get-go it should have pooped out maybe on the 10th startup. Even then, it would have been a gradual failure, and without the smoking gun. This was a catastrophic failure at a particular point in the wiring harness. Maybe stator over-charging, maybe regulator-rectifier failing, maybe a 6-pin connector that’s been in service for 20 years suddenly giving up the ghost. Pessimistically, my bet’s on the stator overcharging the R-R. Seems to fit with the evidence that the R-R was replaced once.
            It’s not possible that it rained. I’m in Northern California and it hasn’t rained for months. Jeez, I wish that was the cause; be good for the tomatoes.

    3. Vairship Avatar

      Clearly there wasn’t enough resistance! Must make sure connector is less connected…

  3. Drives Dead Marques Avatar
    Drives Dead Marques

    Wanna waste some time? Check out Centraal Beheer’s commercials, they are well thought out and funny:

  4. 0A5599 Avatar

    Off with its head(s)!

  5. Kieselguhr Kid Avatar
    Kieselguhr Kid

    I’d call that picture: “A tailgater about to get what they deserve”.

  6. spotarama Avatar

    on a totally unrelated matter but undoubtedly of interest to some regulars here
    1000mph….yes please, though i haven’t made it over 150 myself yet, i’d give it a go, what could possibly go wrong…………

  7. Manic_King Avatar

    Renault V6 powered RHD Lambo replica. Not that bad for a kit-car, but 100000 km on odo? Wow. Someone must have really loved driving that thing.

  8. Sjalabais Avatar

    Just came home from a longish drive. Two rarities in front of me: A Smart roadster with obliviously bigger track width in the back than up front. Looks really strange in the half-dark. Swooshing past traffic, the Smart revealed an even more rare Chrysler 300 wagon. The wide body with gigant-o-bumpers and tiny gunslit windows looked really nice, planted on the road. Great to have something engaging to look at on an otherwise mundane drive…