Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

When starting or ending a motorcycle ride, you’re most likely putting the bike away in a garage. Like paying tolls on a bike, a simple task of opening a garage door becomes just plain inconvenient. You either have to get off the bike to manually open the door or dig around in your pocket for the garage door opener that you might have forgotten. I’ve seen some people velcro the garage door opener to the bike but that looks kinda hokey. This slick hack solves that garage door problem is definitely a DIY-friendly project.
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Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

Step 5: Connect Relay to Garage Door OpenerShow All Items For this project, I used a Chamberlin Universal Garage Door Opener that I had originally picked up from Lowes.  I dismantled the opener and discarded everything except the circuit board.  Since I was going to install this in the enclosure for the headlight, I installed a new battery to make sure it would be a while before I needed to mess with it again. On the back of the circuit board, I located the two contacts on the backside of the button that would trigger the opener.  You can figure it out by using a short piece of wire to connect the two points.  If it’s the right pair, the garage door opener will trigger.  Make sure you test this before soldering it – as you can see from my image below, I attached to the wrong contact point at first and had to come back and fix it later.
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Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

To make a long story short, I wired a spare garage door opener in parallel with the motorcycle’s horn circuit. When the horn is beeped, the garage door opener is essentially ‘pressed’. I don’t have to get off the bike, dig around in my pockets, put the kickstand down or even pull in the clutch. Just beep the horn and the garage door goes up or down, just like you were pushing the button on a regular remote.
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Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

For this project, I used a Chamberlin Universal Garage Door Opener that I had originally picked up from Lowes.  I dismantled the opener and discarded everything except the circuit board.  Since I was going to install this in the enclosure for the headlight, I installed a new battery to make sure it would be a while before I needed to mess with it again. On the back of the circuit board, I located the two contacts on the backside of the button that would trigger the opener.  You can figure it out by using a short piece of wire to connect the two points.  If it’s the right pair, the garage door opener will trigger.  Make sure you test this before soldering it – as you can see from my image below, I attached to the wrong contact point at first and had to come back and fix it later.
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Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

Features Easy to Install Safe & Secure Most Compatible Multiple Vehicles Made in the USA Open and close your garage door or gate with your vehicle’s high beam switch. Flash2Pass works by double-clicking your vehicle’s high beam switch to open or close automatic garage doors and gates. It is the innovatively simple way to manage entry to your home. It works with multiple vehicles including motorcycles, golf carts, trucks and tractors. A complete set consists of the transmitter, corresponding receiver, all installation hardware and easy do-it-yourself instructions. F2P is the most secure and compatible motorcycle and car garage door opener upgrade available on the market.
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Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

Open and close your garage door or gate with your vehicle’s high beam switch. Flash2Pass works by double-clicking your vehicle’s high beam switch to open or close automatic garage doors and gates. It is the innovatively simple way to manage entry to your home. It works with multiple vehicles including motorcycles, golf carts, trucks and tractors. A complete set consists of the transmitter, corresponding receiver, all installation hardware and easy do-it-yourself instructions. F2P is the most secure and compatible motorcycle and car garage door opener upgrade available on the market.
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Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

Flash2Pass works by double-clicking your vehicle’s high beam switch to open or close automatic garage doors and gates. It is the innovatively simple way to manage entry to your home. It works with multiple vehicles including motorcycles, golf carts, trucks and tractors. A complete set consists of the transmitter, corresponding receiver, all installation hardware and easy do-it-yourself instructions. F2P is the most secure and compatible motorcycle and car garage door opener upgrade available on the market.
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Motorcycle Garage Door Opener

I install garage doors and motors for a living and ive had over ten dirtbikes quads scooters and motorcycles, and the easiest way is to just buy the special mini motorcycle remotes that are the size of a quarter. all the new wallbuttons have a lockout feature since like 1995 so if you are worried about someone trying to get in just push the lockbutton on the wall it locks out keypads remotes everything. I can even mail you one you just have to go by the color of your antenae or smartbutton to fugure out what frequency your opener is. the older ones like crafstman are 390 and then in 2000 something they started changing the frequency every damn 2 years the last units made recently by chamberlain/liftmaster which also makes craftsman just with a diferent cover on it had a yellow wire, and 6 months ago all the motors are 100%digital with a rolling code so everytime you open the door it changes the code. when I was younger there where quite a few times when I was riding my kx500 home and when I crossed the highway I got chased and if I didn't have the remote I would have had to pay a nice fine or worse. or you could just buy a goldwing they probably have the homelink system where you can turn on the a.c. and preheat your oven.
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Step 6: Install Into Project BoxShow All Items Drill a small hole in the end of the project box so that you can run the wires out.  After that, *carefully* run the red and black wires through the hole and add the opener, wires, relay, and capacitor / resistor pack to the box.  It’s a tight fit, but I was able to get it all in there snugly.  Be careful not to break any of the wires or solder joints during this step (especially easy to do if using solid-core wire). When done, add the cover to the project box and you are ready for installation in the motorcycle.
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Drill a small hole in the end of the project box so that you can run the wires out.  After that, *carefully* run the red and black wires through the hole and add the opener, wires, relay, and capacitor / resistor pack to the box.  It’s a tight fit, but I was able to get it all in there snugly.  Be careful not to break any of the wires or solder joints during this step (especially easy to do if using solid-core wire). When done, add the cover to the project box and you are ready for installation in the motorcycle.
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I did something similar on my KTM. I physically mounted it behind the headlight ( no room anywhere else on the bike), but wired it into the high beams, isolating the opener from the headlight circuit with a relay. Since I ride mostly during the day, it hasn't proven a problem in over three years.

Your idea to wire it into the cancel button is excellent in that the opener is never powered up for any length of time. Nice!
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Step 2: Wire Up the RelayShow All Items I originally bought this particular relay so I could mount it to a circuit board, but the board did not fit into the project box along with everything else, so I opted to run the wire directly to the relay.  This relay is fairly compact, which helps to fit everything in, so I’d still suggest using it. To make it easy to keep track of what was what, I used green hookup wire to run leads that would be attached to button on the garage door opener.  These are attached to pins #87 and #30 and are about 3″ long.  The black wire is going to go to the capacitor and resistors (and then on to the headlight common wire).  It is attached to pin #85 and is about 3″ long.  The red wire will run all the way outside of the project box into the hi-beam circuit, so it’s about 12″ long and it is attached to pin #86.  All connections have been soldered and then heat shrink tubing applied.
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I originally bought this particular relay so I could mount it to a circuit board, but the board did not fit into the project box along with everything else, so I opted to run the wire directly to the relay.  This relay is fairly compact, which helps to fit everything in, so I’d still suggest using it. To make it easy to keep track of what was what, I used green hookup wire to run leads that would be attached to button on the garage door opener.  These are attached to pins #87 and #30 and are about 3″ long.  The black wire is going to go to the capacitor and resistors (and then on to the headlight common wire).  It is attached to pin #85 and is about 3″ long.  The red wire will run all the way outside of the project box into the hi-beam circuit, so it’s about 12″ long and it is attached to pin #86.  All connections have been soldered and then heat shrink tubing applied.

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