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Old 01-17-2012, 11:55 AM   #31
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I mounted the Meca switch in place of the ICO switch. I think the switch was $70 or $80 and was a lot nicer to use than the ICO switch. The buttons on the Meca switch have a nice positve movement where the ICO buttons have a vague feel.
Hello,

The Meca System combo switch (ICO+Roadbook) costs 240 Euro this side of the pond. (Aprox 305 USD nowadays).

It's a different philosophy, with two pressure switches for roadbook command instead of the toggle thumb switch.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #32
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F2R makes this one, and their stuff, while expensive by some measures, is more reasonably priced than just about everyone else's.
I got an F2R sponsorship to follow this year's Dakar on ADVrider, so I'm biased



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Old 01-17-2012, 12:18 PM   #33
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I have the F2R switch combo from Charlie, and it's excellent! I like it a lot.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:20 PM   #34
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Then can I get you guys opinion on this,

Haven't used it yet except for starter and kill, but am wiring it up for forward/reverse on the clutch side. the design allows you to keep fingers and thumb on the grip except the index finger and get some of the stuff off the bars, but still within easy reach.



You can see it in the mirror.



Had to wire in a motor control chip for the switches, but I've gotten it to work pretty well so far.



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Old 01-17-2012, 01:24 PM   #35
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yeah. Sorry. The roadbook and ICO come with their own switches, so you don't really need to add this combo switch. But, many rally racers find that spending $255 (or often more) for a really robust switch makes sense when a broken switch could ruin a race they've spent a year and over $50K preparing for.

There are actually a few similar switches out there that are all priced much higher. F2R makes this one, and their stuff, while expensive by some measures, is more reasonably priced than just about everyone else's. I shop around and test stuff quite a bit before adding new parts to our website. I won't add anything that doesn't work or doesn't last, and I'll try to find the least expensive option to get a particular job done.

Make something cheaper that works well, and I'll offer it on our site.

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Old 01-18-2012, 10:00 PM   #36
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Hello,

The Meca System combo switch (ICO+Roadbook) costs 240 Euro this side of the pond. (Aprox 305 USD nowadays).

It's a different philosophy, with two pressure switches for roadbook command instead of the toggle thumb switch.
the switch i am talking about is only to replace the stock ICO switch. it just has the 3 buttons for ICO. had the F2R combo switch been available when i got my F2R roadbook id have gotten that. I think for future events I will run an ICO for backup and a watchdog as a main computer. much easier to read display with speed and distance.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:49 AM   #37
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I mounted the Meca switch in place of the ICO switch. I think the switch was $70 or $80 .
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the switch i am talking about is only to replace the stock ICO switch. it just has the 3 buttons for ICO.
Understood, I didn't know it was possible to mount the Meca ICO swith alone, thought it was to bolt on the Meca roadbook remote. But the Meca ICO switch alone is $135 USD anyway.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:53 AM   #38
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Then can I get you guys opinion on this,
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Never seen this before. You designed/built it yourself? looks smart!

Can't figure if it would be ergonomically advantageous, would have to try it.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:37 AM   #39
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Never seen this before. You designed/built it yourself? looks smart!

Can't figure if it would be ergonomically advantageous, would have to try it.
Yes, Ive made a handfull of parts for the bike as it sits, here are some of the proto's of the switches.



It's actually amazingly easy to reach and these switches are the same as the MecaSys roadbook switches and have a very nice solid feel to them.



Sure they won't be for everyone, but putting them there opens up more room on the bars for other things and keeps them in a safe area.

I did find some strangeness with the motor drive chip I have, it can have a hesitation if you continuously go back and forth between forward and reverse quickly and enough times, but works fine if you pause between pushing the buttons. I think it has to do with the enable saturation point in this particular chip, I just ordered a dual chip with higher load capacity and some 16 pin sockets, its like 2 chips in one and is reversible in the socket if one side fails.

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Old 01-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #40
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Understood, I didn't know it was possible to mount the Meca ICO swith alone, thought it was to bolt on the Meca roadbook remote. But the Meca ICO switch alone is $135 USD anyway.
ahh, you are correct. It was a year ago when I bought it and $80 was on my mind. Charlie has that switch for $155

http://www.rallymanagementservices.c...switch-upgrade
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:27 AM   #41
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F2R has a new roadbook holder now available. A little more upscale than the one we've been using for a few years. I think that the new one could be the new gold standard. The older version is called the RB730. The newer one is the RB750. Got some info and pictures up on our website.

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:39 AM   #42
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F2R has a new roadbook holder now available. A little more upscale than the one we've been using for a few years. I think that the new one could be the new gold standard. The older version is called the RB730. The newer one is the RB750. Got some info and pictures up on our website.

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I just sold my RB730 and plan on replacing it with the newer one at some point in the future.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:50 AM   #43
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Getting ready for the 2013 Mexican 1000 and need a Roadbook holder. Of course like most of us on a budget. Anyone looking to sell a slightly used one? Have looked on ebay and amazon no luck yet. thanks
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