Access at last ……

Aprilia Caponord ETV1000 Rally-Raid ECU connectionIt has been a long time coming … and I mean a looooong time. Think a decade! Back before we had TuneECU a few Capo owners pooled thoughts on how to get access to the ECU and read its contents, but we all gave up when TuneECU came along because it did it all for us – for (almost) free. Now however there is a real need for that access if the new dashboard display is to do what it is supposed to, and that has been the hurdle of hurdles to get across. If I am totally honest this problem alone was guaranteed to bring the project to a grinding halt if nothing was. So for the past few weeks, I put the display to one side and concentrated on cracking the ECU.

Well I’m not only chuffed, I am totally blown over backwards because as of this afternoon, I can finally access and interrogate the ECU independently of anyone elses equipment or software – ECU serial number, map number and all the sensor parameters plus self test functions and TPS reset! I’ve still got work to do interpreting some of the data, but that is not such a big issue and should be finished tomorrow.

Tonight though, I think a cold beer or two are in order!

3 Replies to “Access at last ……”

  1. Hi Karl!
    I am a huge fan of your work! This is great news, well done!
    By the way, how did you log the bike’s behaviour a while ago? I saw on a previous post you have a programme called Moto Abruzzo Datalog.

  2. Hi Ricardo, the old ‘moto-logger’ used a piece of software as a gateway to access the ECU. It came as part of a complete software package that was tied to the USB/OBD cable it came with. That’s why it only worked on my bike and couldn’t be used on another Capo. Now that limitation has been broken and I can now re-write ‘moto-logger’ for anyone else to use. But it will take time!

  3. Hi Karl, oh ok it makes sense! I’m suffering from stuttering while riding between 3-4k rpm and I wanted to test my coils as I hadn’t any fault on the display. However I think it may be related with the intake boots as they have loads of cracks.

    On another note, I am currently working in Ireland while my capo is in Portugal, so I don’t have the time or means to properly test, search and modify every component as I would like.
    And I wonder, how is it possible for a single guy to create so much mods and tech to his own bike. That’s proper engineering, very impressive, well done Karl!

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