KM / Sprokster, I understand it. If you are far from home, I see it as no more then totally useless. What will a voltmeter tell you other then, 'soon your bike will die'.
I was pretty sure electrical charge systems do their job or don't, there is not usually any 'on its way out' type monitoring that can be done.
I can understand though the turning around and heading home if the charge system is failed and you just left for a big ride. And you are close to home.
Do the stator / charging systems go bad that often on the 750's? That really amazes me, there should be a class action suit.
Even though the volt meter is a 'light load' it just seems counter intuitive to me personally. Lets add more electrical load to monitor the electrical system that is bound to fail with electrical load. See what I mean?
I am just not a fan. At night I can tell if my charging system is working by pulling up to a building or the car in front of me, cranking all my light bar lights and beam and check the brightness at idle and when I rev it it gets brighter, I am good to go.
On the 750, don't you guys have all kinds of dash gauges and stuff? What does all of that stuff do with a dead charging system and a dying battery? I know my cobra tach went nuts for a while with a stone dead battery, reading strange rpm's etc.. with the bike running on only the charging system. That was on my way to PA the battery croaked, we stopped for gas, I filled up and wouldn't start.
I think cheapy walmart batteries dying would be more dominant a problem then charging systems failing, in my opinion.
anyway in my case...
I pushed it, pulled the choke, and popped the clutch, asked the guys I was with - where to next, they were amazed the bike got running again, the one guy was checking his tow coverage, I told him not to.... I was not worried, I have done it before. They were like, "you should go home before your bike dies" I explained it was not dying but instead of finishing out the ride I did head home, on the way stopping for another battery and doing the roll start maneuver again haha.
Eh, you know the old saying about opinions, everybody has one. I just wanted to know if there was any reason that I would want to add a voltage monitor for my bike personally. ~ 10 years and 50,000 miles, never a problem, I think I will keep it how it is. Now watch, I have to go to NC end of this month on the bike, I bet my charging system dies on the way there, funny thing though, is the only difference will be that I know about it vs the bike just dying somewhere. And I am thinking if the bike just 'dies' somewhere I would disconnect lights, roll start and get myself to the closest shop anyway.
Just my couple a cents....
It would be neat though to have another thing up there to look at.
The LED ones can be made fairly cheaply I am sure using a micro controller with analog input and 6 digital out's.
sheesh - talk about cheap I just saw one for 4.30 + shipping, why not - right?
< 8mA current draw too.
Prolly wont do too good in weather though.