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Digital speedometer
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:41:26 pm »
I, like others, would like to have digital speedometer. It takes me a couple of seconds to read the bike's speedometer where a digital one just takes a half second glance. So I thought I would give it a shot. I purchased this one from Amazon as it is 12 volt GPS unit and can do a direct display as opposed to just a reflective one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078J2J3FL/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

I mounted it to the dash to the right of the tach with some foam double stick and currently have it plugged into lighter socket. I will connect it to the left side auxiliary power connectors when I install an STS turn signal cancelling unit in a week or two.

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After one ride I think I like it. It's easy to see my speed at a glance. should help me avoid a ticket or two as my speed tends to creep up way too easy on this thing.    ::) :motonoises:

It will definitely lag as I speed up but catches up quick when my speed stabilizes which is when I'm looking at it anyway. So far, so good.
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Re: Digital speedometer
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 11:32:41 pm »
I, like others, would like to have digital speedometer. It takes me a couple of seconds to read the bike's speedometer where a digital one just takes a half second glance. So I thought I would give it a shot. I purchased this one from Amazon as it is 12 volt GPS unit and can do a direct display as opposed to just a reflective one. ....

It will definitely lag as I speed up but catches up quick when my speed stabilizes which is when I'm looking at it anyway. So far, so good.

interesting unit, glad you like it.

I don't think I've heard 'a lot of others' wanting a digital speedo, but to each their own; Kawasaki could have saved millions on production doing just that...compared to the electrically triggered dial unit installed..
Maybe in 2020 they will. :rotflmao:  when they add the cruise control... it would make sense then.
I run a true GPS unit, so the display on that one, being upside down, and basically a compass only function (unless it's using GPS to judge the speed, which may well be the cause for the "lag"), would drive me nuts. :-[ :-[ :rotflmao: My GPS updates speed, direction and distance quite rapidly..
I would also have had to velcro it to my dash, so it truly worked as an HUD at night... but that would kinda distract me also.
I think you may find yourself spending more time looking at that unit, and comparing it to the OEM dash speedo, than you may be spending looking forward for obstacles and road hazards, and LEO's that are hiding waiting to issue a speeding ticket, than the average person would find prudent, but I may be wrong. Hardwiring it into the switched harness also Is a necessity, as that silly aux power socket will have you cursing, because anything plugged into it eventually loosens, and needs to be fiddled with also.. been there, done that.... hard wired my GPS for the exact reason., and also added a fuseblock under my seat, for other add ons, like phone charger and aux stuff and outlets.

do the HUD setup on the windscreen, and tell us if it's cool or not, that would be my only curiosity... that, and how easily it can switch from HUD to normal face viewing.  :great:
Did I mention how much the unit sitting as it is, upside down, would bother me?.. :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

cool gadget tho.
so are self cancelling turn signals,

but I'm used to old technology. :)) :great: :great:
well, I do have a GPS tho. :-X :truce: :rotflmao:

ride safe, pay attention to the road,  :great: :motonoises: :motonoises:
« Last Edit: August 04, 2018, 11:45:03 pm by MAN OF BLUES »

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Re: Digital speedometer
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018, 01:04:12 am »
Hey MoB,

It measures speed by the GPS and only the the speed display will change from reflective to direct read. The MPH & heading letters are marked into the black around the display so they only read correctly in a reflected display (kind of sucks). I didn't see a good way to mount it for reflective especially with the rake of the windshield and moving it up & down.

I may have given the wrong impression on the lag. It's not that severe but is noticable compared the bike's gauge. I don't look at the bike speedo with the digital available so for me it lets me keep my eyes up better to scan traffic & the road. And it is easier for me to read. Between my bifocals, the helmets sun visor lower edge and the top of the chin bar which are all in the same area when I look at the bike's speedometer, it takes a few seconds for me to get a good read on it.

So, I'll see if I still like it after living with it for a while.

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Re: Digital speedometer
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2018, 08:24:05 pm »
thanks for the response, appreciate it greatly.
(90% of the time, my windshield stays in the low position) so I  wondered how easy it was to change from HUD to direct read.. simple one 'button' push, or does it require more?
I also wear reading/bifocals but can't while riding as they sunburn my retina's from the reflection from my tank bag... I do have some nice sunglasses with a magnafier bottom crescent, I use for my GPS on trips, but even those are a p.i.t.a.,  as I'm constantly 'refocusing' thru them between down and to the side, and straight ahead, which really makes my eyes ache.
I'm sure the big 'electronic' numbers are visible, but I think my eyes would see them, and try to 'search' when they change, again, my personal distraaction, which I prolly could get over... I never speed, so I'm not too worried about tickets.... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :motonoises: :motonoises: :motonoises: :rotflmao: :great:
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Re: Digital speedometer
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018, 01:18:53 am »
It's not hard to change from reflective to direct and back again. There's a small "wheel" on the left side. Push it in to get to a menu and then rotate up or down to select. Nothing you can do while riding. And then you would have to reorient the device also. Went for another ride today and I like how quick I can see my speed. I don't have to refocus my eyes. They don't do that so quick at 64 years old.     :(   That's one of my issues reading the small numbers on the bike's speedo.

I just got a new Shoei GT-Air this week. It has an internal sunvisor and it and the clear outer shield block UV.  So, I've  gone from non-prescription motorcycle sunglasses to my regular transition bifocal glasses. With the UV blockage they don't  transition. I really like the internal sunscreen, it's easy to retract or extend so I can change it with varying light conditions.

One odd thing I noticed is the thing looks really big and ugly in the picture I posted. It doesn't look that way when I'm on the bike. Wierd....

As for speeding, I don't try to, but the bike moves past the speed I'm trying hold so easily I keep finding I'm too fast and needing to slow down. I've only had it a week so I'm sure that will improve as I become more familiar with it but having that quick glance at my speed sure is helpful right now...   :-[  :motonoises:  :beerchug:

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