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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-02-2008, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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A new idea for newbies...

Greetings--fellow Vulcaneers!!!.....

I felt now was an appropriate time to suggest that we add "install a voltmeter!" to the list of "must do" items (besides others like the m/f battery and the spline lube check).

For those of you not familiar with this add, it's inexpensive and will give you the peace of mind of knowing what you're bike's charging system is doing.

Adding a voltmeter is a good idea on ANY bike, and not just our 750. Charging system failures occur on many different model bikes, and is no real reason to avoid or be leery of any bike, including our VN750.

However, to all who would inquire within....in the interest of good forum etiquette, please use this forum's search feature--b4 asking questions that probably have already been asked.

Happy New Year, Everybody!!!....

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yeah i need to get me 1 of those......

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Adding a voltmeter is a good idea on ANY bike, and not just our 750. Charging system failures occur on many bikes, and is no real reason to avoid or be leery of any bike, including our VN750.
The KuryAkyn Voltmeter I added to my VN750 years ago allowed me to see just how bad I was going to be f**ked before my bike died at the 2004 Gathering on the way home. I watched my voltage drop from 14 to 8VDC and die a few times on the way home while limping and praying. A volt meter is a must have item for any motorcycle. On the VN750, it will give you enough warning to get to where you need to be (in most cases) if your stator dies on you...

Here is how I did mine on my VN750 and on my Nomad...

KuryAkyn Volt Meter on a VN750

Signal Dynamics Head's Up Voltage Monitor on my Nomad


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Check this one out

When I install my meter, I think I'll give this one a try:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Red-LED-Volt-Met...QQcmdZViewItem

I'll need to make it weatherproof; I like digital readout.

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good suggestion.

I have installed a digital voltmeter on my car; very sensitive. Makes you wonder why every vehicle/bike made doesn't have one on. Maybe they will have them installed when we get rid of idiot lights.

BTW, the Battery Eliminator Jr is working great. I think it probably only needs to be plugged in once or twice a month; really no need to keep it plugged in permanently as a battery should not lose charge in a week?

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I used this one on my Vulcan:
http://tinyurl.com/6ajen

Because it used less power than a battery normaly loses on it's own , I had it hooked up all the time , even when the bike was off. It is "splash resistant" not "waterproof"..but I had mine for several years and it still works fine.

I don't think I would order any meter from China through Ebay..even given the low cost, but if you would like to have a LED digital meter that has been reccomended by many motorcycle riders and is accurate..(and has an American company behind it) look here:
http://tinyurl.com/83v9g

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I've got one of these on McKnight (eBay item # 250163174515), although haven't figured out the lighting system on it yet (may not have it installed completely right). But I like the time, temp, and voltage functions a lot - definitely, definitely worth the money. Probably worth more money if that backlighting feature would work!!

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I like the look of the round auto/truck gauge and did some shopping for one before finding the digital on eBay. Yes, ordering from China may be a risk, and I've been burnt once buying some computer gear years ago on ebay. I did find a volt gauge at Radio Shack that might look cool and be more accurate than the round auto style. Don't know how it would hold up to motorcycle abuse.
You all do good work on your VN's thanks for sharing...

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As Bulldog has suggested above, two voltmeter models in particular that have established a good track record with some VN750 forum members include the following:


Model #1050 from Signal Dynamics--

http://www.signaldynamics.com/products/Modules/HUVM.asp


and the LED gauge unit from Kuryakyn--

http://www.customdynamics.com/LED_ba..._and_Chargers_


Actually, both voltmeters can be seen with the last link shown above--just scroll down enough after it loads to see and read about either or both.


The advantages to these units include:

1. They have already been designed specifically for motorcycle use (i.e., tested for vibration and water-tightness) and require no real modifications to themselves

2. Since they give the necessary feedback via color readout, they promote safety by keeping the rider more quickly informed (by just a color check) and thus more focused on traffic and riding

3. Early warning of a charging system failure is more immediate, via a <<<flashing>>> color

4. Both are less than $40, and either is easily worth the investment

5. They have been around long enough that any "bugs" in their designs have been already worked out (e.g., the previous night-brightness problem with the Kuryakyn model).


When a bike's charging system starts to fail, these units will usually give more than enough satisfactory early warning to make it (back) to civilization before the bike actually stalls out or fries a battery.

Installation questions can generally be easily answered by one of the forum members.

Good luck!!!.....

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Anyone install a headlight cutout switch to conserve battery power in the event of a charging failure? Yes, I know it's breaking the law and is a safety issue, just wondering.

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GL1100 front fender
OEM engine guard
OEM high back rest
'V-Twin' HWY pegs
Black 750 Spectre handlebars
SunPro Volt Meter (Amazon)
Maier bug shield (JCW)
Bar Ends anti-vibe (JCW)
Emgo air filters
Tank bag-Eclipse
Tail bag-FroZone Cooler
Back Rest-Igloo 6 pak cooler
WalMart Saddle Bags
R/R Relocate
Dry Splines Lubed
AGM DieHard-Sears
Gutted Goat
Sporster XL Mufflers
LED's-stop,tail,turn,marker
Pickup coil mod to .45mm
Silverstar headlight
Rotella T6
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