Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
I purchased one of these after I saw your post. Very easy install as you said. The plastic housing of the dash is actually three pieces sandwiched togeter, chrome, black and white. I decided to make the hole I drilled larger on the black and white layers. Not sure if this was benifical or not. I placed the control unit on the back of the dash, being careful not to cover the screws. I wired mine up to the running lights, but I may go back and install as you did, since now when I want to remove the dash I have an additional wire to disconnect.
As for the status of my LED... when I am above 3k rpms, steady green, if I pop in the clutch while riding then it quickly changes from solid green to amber, to red and then blinking red. At a light with the break on it is blinking red. After about a 35 min ride this morning I noticed that it was staying amber longer than when I had first left in the morning. Meaning while at a light it was blinking red, as I accelerated slowly, in traffic, it moved to amber and stayed that way until around 4k rpms. Maybe it was due to the fan being on, I am not sure. The bike was fully warmed up at that point. That is with no accessories on.
I am not sure at this point what that tells me about my charging system or my battery. I guess it will take more observation. It is definately charging, but I expected more reserve out of my battery. I have yet to check to see if my battery is sealed or not. I must do this soon.
I rode late into fall last year wearing a heated vest and gloves. I would pop on the trickle charger when I got home and it had no problem starting up in the morning. I am hoping to add the heated pants and socks this year. I may need to get a new battery, I believe this is the original which makes it 6 years old.
I am thinking when I do turn my accessories on and find that it is still charging (LED solid green) then there is enough charging going on to charge the battery. Is this a correct assumtion?
I may do the larger batter upgrade another poster mentioned.
Last edited by Vaccam; 08-24-2006 at 07:59 AM.