Early 2000s: Peugeot’s Game Boy Diagnostics & Tuning

Aprilia & Suzuki Scooters: Tech Now Available

These iconic Nintendo entertainment devices, the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, along with its successor the Game Boy Advance have sold a stupefying collective number of nearly 200 million pieces worldwide. Who knew these ubiquitous handhelds could be employed as diagnostic instruments to maintain specific Aprilia, Peugeot and Suzuki models of motor scooters? A specialized cartridge was developed in the early 2000s that enabled these consoles to carry out a series of checks to identify any issues.

The set-up included either a Game Boy Color or a Game Boy Advance (according to the time period) accompanied by a cartridge and a cable stemming from it and a couple of wires. The first was linked to the engine control unit, and the other forked out to the brake system.

Using a GameBoy on an Aprilia SR50 DiTech

Equipped with myriad features, the handheld gaming system was transformed into a highly effective diagnostic device. As evidenced by the video, its functionalities enable mechanics to test the engine speed, throttle position, and temperature. Moreover, it has the capacity to obtain data of errors and erase them. Notably, technicians could activate servomechanisms to check that components including the ignition, injectors, as well as pumps, were both electronically and mechanically sound.

Besides recognizing troubles, the apparatus can likewise update the scooters’ ECU. As one instance, the maintenance guide for this cart illustrates switching between typical and rivalry settings for a 50cc motor.

Orbital created these carts, and delivered an internet-based tool for enhancing them. From there, it was workable to access novel versions and transfer them via a cable joining the Game Boy with a PC.

It may appear peculiar, but leveraging a Game Boy Color or Advance for a diagnostic device appears to be an amazing concept. The only one-of-a-kind aspect of the plan was the cartridge. Consequently, any portable technology could be employed by the technician. They were inexpensive and easy to procure, so they weren’t hard to acquire.

Nowadays, aficionados are eager to shell out extra money for Orbital’s scooter diagnostic carts. Enthusiasts who are into Game Boy collectibles wish to acquire them in order to complete their sets, whilst Aprilia, Peugeot, and Suzuki scooter owners are looking to buy them in order to service their motorbikes. Unfortunately, these carts do not work with all models, which leads to more customers wanting the correct cart for their particular model, and thus higher prices result.

An individual browsing a Game Boy forum listed a pristine, complete-in-box version of the Peugeot console for sale for $3,000. A certain post in an Aprilia forum from 2007 indicated that someone had purchased it for 400 euros. In addition, individuals even created their own cabling for utilizing this device. The accompanying video presents both Aprilia and Suzuki editions of the gaming cartridge.

The GameBoy Motorcycle Accessory - What?

In addition to enjoying your favorite Pokémon titles, you may be startled to learn that Game Boys have even been used to maintain scooters on the journey. Amazing, isn’t it?

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