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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-28-2007, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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I have a traditional round 2" voltmeter on mine. I was considering adding a digital one to my ladies bike. Maybe we can get a group buy on these. Should be simple to install.
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I really like the second one with a clock and stopwatch built in.

"Other functions include a high accuracy digital readout showing the start-up/running condition of your battery, a clock, stopwatch, lap counter and ice alert thermometer."

I wonder how difficult that would be to hook up to our bikes? Would it just connet wires to each terminal on the battery?

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I have the LED gauge (first pic) I used the accessory wires in the headlight bucket and added a switch so i could turn it off. The only complaint I have is the adhesive tape gave up after a year of riding
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I have the second one connected directly to the battery and via switched hot for the LED's.

It's great, EXCEPT, it is not water proof so rain and washing are definitely an issue.


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I have the first one, I like it but it is bright.
I put some window tint over the LED's, I can still see it in the day and at night it is not to blinding.

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Well, Water is deffinetly an issue. So logically the first one is the better choice but that second one is quite cool if you could figure out a way to waterproof it. Clear Plastic case or something.
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You could use a 2 wire trailer connector, and some strong velcro, to make it removeable. Hoppy 47965 at Autozone, Walmart Etc.
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When I finally get around to making myself a dash I'll put a round boat voltmeter in it.

Who woulda known this bike would be such a project (amazing what a functional bike allows ya to add to it ;g). Voltmeter, windshield, LED everything, H pipe and dynas, mustang seat, passenger backrest and more still need to be added... all to a $1000 bike.

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I have the KuryAkyn on my Vulcan 750 and as Chad states, it is freaking bright. Very distracting at night. But it is a lifesaver!!! When I went through my dreaded stator failure coming home from the 2004 Gathering, this meter saved me some serious walking as I was able to watch the decline of my electrical system rather then just having it happen. Here is how I mounted it... http://www.bulldogsbike.com/KAvoltmeter.htm. I wired this one into the turn signal leads in the headlight housing with no ill effects and no noticable varation in readings on the bike. I went for simple...

Now, to do something different on the Nomad, I went with the Signal Dynamics Heads Up Voltage Meter. http://www.bulldogsbike.com/nomadmods.htm#huvm. This one I really like because it is a single multi colored LED and auto dims itself. I have it right between the handlebar clamps built into a switch box on my bike and I really like how it is not in the way nor distracting. Chad got a bad one when he tried it but so far mine is working 100%. Going on my 2nd year with it, I still think I made the right choice. This is wired directly into my accessory power distribution block that I added to the bike to give me a direct to battery reading. A little more work but not too bad as I was running new wiring at the time.

That one with all the functions is too big for any application that I would use it for. Another thing, it is NOT waterproof. I've gotten caught in some serious downpours on both bikes and doubt that the unit would still be around if I had it on one of my scoots. But for me, the main reason I've never tried it is because of looks and it has more then I need or want. It is also hard to read at speed where teh KuryAkyn and the Signal Dynamics units I use are color based and give you a quick look aprasial of what is going on.

Hope this helps...

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