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That's some big breaker for a motorcycle! Could it really be a 12 Amp breaker? Is it really a breaker or just a fuse? I really don't know what to say to this.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

  • b1j2d3
    b1j2d3 Dec 31, 2012

    this is not a motorcycle breaker sorry, not sure why they put it in motorcycles it is a main discnnect breaker

  • Leigh Perlmutter
    Leigh Perlmutter Dec 31, 2012

    WoW some difference! If it is physically bent you will need to rebend it (with RUBBER GLOVES on) to align with the contact strips. If it is a plastic outside main breaker it needs to be REPLACED! Don't mess with it! If is popping back to the open position when you throw it (the PLASTIC ONE) there is a short somewhere before or after the breaker, probably on the house side, not the utility side! Don't mess with it get an electrician...DANGEROUS FIRE HAZARD!!!!

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