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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hooking up a Portable Tachometer

Okay, here's another one for the Vulcan File of Stupid Questions (I hope mine aren't the only ones in there): I want to check the idle speed on my bike and adjust, if needed. Bought a portable tach yesterday, so I'm on teh right track. The Clymer's says, "Hook up according to manufacturer's instructions." My manufacturer's instructions are mostly for cars, GM to be exact (I guess there's some "adaptor" they included for GM vehicles). I know the black clip is my ground, and the green clip goes to...Something Very Important. But can anyone tell me what that Something is?

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I'm curious, why get a tach when you have one above the handle bars ?

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I would guess that the one she purchased is more acurate for testing...wish I had the answer for her ?? everyone must be out riding today, it might take a while Cindy

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That's it exactly - accuracy to the nth degree (ha). Plus, if there's any problem with the tach on the bike, it's hard to ascertain how to set the idle.

I've got all day to wait - new errands to run all of a sudden, so I'm in no hurry.

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Why not splice into the feed for the factory tach? Just cut the wire and add a weatherproof bullet connector. Then you can disconnect factory tach and hook up the test tach.
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I find myself adjusting the idle to whatever I think sounds good.
Seems like sometimes, first thing in the morning, I might turn it up a bit. Then, as I'm riding and the bike warms up, it'll need turned back down a little.
I doubt a week has gone by that I didn't adjust up or down at some point.
Usually, I try to keep it just at about 1K.


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You bought a tach? Hahahhahahaha. For the nth degree? Hahahahhhahah. What are you going to do if the bike ever skips a beat? Get a new engine? Hahahhahahhaha.

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Play nice Ernie! you could be needing her help someday...

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I'm sorry Cindy. I know how hard it can be NOT to go overboard when buying things for your precious. But, I must laugh at you nonetheless.

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Good boy...

I have bought way too much stuff for my bike since July, when I got it. But I just can't see where it all went... let's see, 2 oil changes... splines lubed... 3 sets of bags and supports (two of which I sold or sent back) a rear rack... tools to replace the gawdawful ones included in the tool box on the bike...A 27mm socket which I can't get to open to check the rear drive oil (I need a longer handle on my ratchet)...an adapter for the 27mm socket (to go from a 3/8 inch drive to a 1/2 inch drive...it is becoming very expensive...

But it is the best mistress I have ever had. It doesn't go out without me, it doesn't take what I buy and take it to a pawn shop, I enjoy every minute I am with it, it never talks back or yells at me... Are you getting the idea? All in all, good money spent. And in this case, it has made me a very happy woman.

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