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Try to get your hands on a voltmeter to verify your gauge reading, but it's obviously reading low or getting low volts from that location. "Low 11s" would be totally dead, but we know better since it starts up and rides.

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Try to get your hands on a voltmeter to verify your gauge reading, but it's obviously reading low or getting low volts from that location. "Low 11s" would be totally dead, but we know better since it starts up and rides.

I like those rear turns.
Already got one from amazon, should be here Thursday. I was pretty sure I was getting low reads So will this voltmeter be of any use? If I figure out the difference between "true" and "read", is it a linear progression (i.e. always reads 1v lower than true)? Or will I need to wire it in somewhere else and figure out another way to have it not draw power when the ignition is off?
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Already got one from amazon, should be here Thursday. I was pretty sure I was getting low reads So will this voltmeter be of any use? If I figure out the difference between "true" and "read", is it a linear progression (i.e. always reads 1v lower than true)? Or will I need to wire it in somewhere else and figure out another way to have it not draw power when the ignition is off?
I would think the difference would be linear but you really have no way of knowing for sure unless you had a variable voltage source you could turn up and down to compare it to.

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The accessory leads behind the right side cover may be a better source if it turns out the voltage drop is at the turn signals.

On mine, I connected the positive to the battery, and ran the negative side through a toggle switch. Make sure it's waterproof if you do a switch, mine wasn't and corroded in 3-4 years.

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Got the handheld voltmeter today, much happier with the new readings. 13.1 off, 13.8 at 6k rpms (I donít think I need to be actually cruising; I can just have it in N and rev it up, right?) I measured from the battery tender leads, which is hooked directly the the battery of course, and should give me a pretty good reading.

The unfortunate part is that the difference between readings at the battery and readings where the voltmeter on my bike is currently installed is not linear. I guess I just have to make an educated guess and if the voltage drops below what the voltmeter normally reads to start checking things out....


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Do you have a battery tender lead wired up to the battery? If so, just get a battery tender cable and use that for your voltmeter. I just disconnect the voltmeter when I am using the tender, and hook it back up when I'm ready for a ride
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