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Old 06-15-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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GPS? Thermometer... Clock?? Options!!

Hey Gents,

so it's rather warm here in Muscat, Oman and I'd like to see exactly how warm!

I started with the idea of fitting a thermometer to the bike, which then morphed into the idea of a clock AND thermometer. So I started googling and the only ones I could really find were the Formotion ones but quite honestly, look like they belong on Harley, not a KLR650! I was kinda hoping for something a little more "digital"!

I'm wondering what combination or dual setups you guys have to show the time and temp? It then dawned on me that maybe I can get something that also includes simple GPS speed/direction and the exporting of tracks? (I currently use my phone for the GPS stuff but might be nice to save it's battery)

As this is just a toy, I really don't want to spend more than $100 USD's.

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Old 06-16-2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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http://dx.com/p/3-0-lcd-car-digital-...y-black-119723 - or any other option out of 99,999,999,999 available on dx.com
Probably would want to open it up and fill it with electronics safe silicone to waterproof.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:39 AM   #3
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Are those car ones going to cope with the severe vibrations? Also, I'd like to not have to wire anything up. I know feck all about this spanners stuff and so need to pay someone to do stuff like this.... and that's a cost I'd rather avoid.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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I have a Formotion clock and thermometer on my XRL. They have worked well, They seem to be accurate, have held up to the vibrations, and don't leak. If they look like they belong on a Harley, oh well, I didn't buy the bike for it's looks anyway. Besides if you get dirty, the chrome won't look all shinny anyway. They kind of blend in then.

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Old 06-17-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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I bought something like this and velcro'd it to the inside fairing and cable tied the sensor to the front turn signal stalk !! Works just fine.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #6
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Friend of mine had one of this on his bike.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Auto-dig...c01b1f&vxp=mtr

This looks good too...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LCD-Car-Ther...beeb6a&vxp=mtr
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, some good ideas!

I like http://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Auto-dig...c01b1f&vxp=mtrthis one.

I guess I would have to hide it at the top of the readouts so that it's mostly under the windshield and protected from rain. As you say these devices are in use, I'm guessing that the vibrations aren't an issue?

Finally, I've no idea what battery voltage bikes use or if it's even worth wiring it up to the battery? I see it also has an internal battery so am I correct in thinking it just runs from that and the connectors are just for battery monitoring?
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:06 AM   #8
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I've been trying to find a relatively cheap, self-contained digital watch or display with time and temp that I could velcro to the dash with no wiring required. No frills. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:37 AM   #9
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I've got the moto fizz thermo clock on my KLR. It came on the bike, but I'm pretty sure it's sold by aerostitch. Iirc, they sell them for about $30. It displays the time and temp, just wish it had a backlight.

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Old 06-18-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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I've got the moto fizz thermo clock on my KLR. It came on the bike, but I'm pretty sure it's sold by aerostitch. Iirc, they sell them for about $30. It displays the time and temp, just wish it had a backlight.

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Damn. That looks like exactly the sort of thing I'm after.... shame it's too late for me!

I've instead just ordered http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I know it's not very good quality and the reviews are only "OK" but it does seem to be the best of a bad bunch.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #11
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Garmin Montana 650t and the Tempe accessory. It transmits a wireless signal to the GPS with the ambient temp - displays right on the GPS screen in real time.

Everything in one waterproof, easy to remove package.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #12
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Garmin Montana 650t and the Tempe accessory. It transmits a wireless signal to the GPS with the ambient temp - displays right on the GPS screen in real time.

Everything in one waterproof, easy to remove package.



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Hey Gents,
As this is just a toy, I really don't want to spend more than $100 USD's.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:52 AM   #13
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Thanks but you may have missed this line
The Tempe sensor is <$100, so that at least was right.

That *is* a good setup if you've already got the Montana and want to add a temperature reading to the display. If you're tracking, temp is logged with the track data and can be displayed as a graph vs. speed or altitude.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:06 AM   #14
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Shamed that I missed that, but...

You should start a fund for a Montana. ;) Set something up on kickstarter. :)
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:24 AM   #15
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I dunno about a thermometer, but the clock problem is solved easily enough. Buy a cheap watch with plenty of contrast on the face from Goodwill. Then get a watch mount for bicycle handlebars off Amazon. To keep someone from stealing mine, I cut the band off and replaced it with a half-dozen zip-ties. Total price was $27.
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