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Old 08-19-2008, 02:05 PM   #1
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S Fairing Dashboard Gauges - alternate choices?

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Working on finishing off the S fairing addition to my 1987 R80, am shopping around for the gauges that go into it, a voltmeter and a clock apparently. I got a equus voltmeter for it cheap which will do for now.

My question is this though, instead of a clock, what other gauge would be more useful and will work on my model airhead? Oil pressure? Oil Temp? Cylinder Temp perhaps? There's many choices at summitracing.com…..I'm like a kid at a candy store.

http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...101+115+400267

Not too worried about being true to stock since a. My bike did not come with S fairing. B. The fairing's been cut by PO to fit on high handlebars.

Suggestions? Or is my airhead too simple to be able to connect other type gauges to it? Or just not worth the cost to retrofit sending units?

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Old 08-19-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
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The clock is the most useful gauge on my bike-
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:22 PM   #3
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Fuel gauge, not a necessity but sometimes handy.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:15 PM   #4
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Airheads don't need fuel gages, they give you two chances to push your luck before you are walking. I'd +1 the clock. Anything else is just going to worry you while you ride. The airhead is designed to let you know when it is in duress by blowing up. You'll line up 15 gages and worry yourself to death, then it will suck an exhaust valve.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:16 PM   #5
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Airheads don't need fuel gages, they give you two chances to push your luck before you are walking. I'd +1 the clock. Anything else is just going to worry you while you ride. The airhead is designed to let you know when it is in duress by blowing up. You'll line up 15 gages and worry yourself to death, then it will suck an exhaust valve.

I find myself watching my voltmeter, waiting for my rotor to sh*t the bed. All that will do for me is let me know an hour ahead of time that I'm going to be stranded
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I find myself watching my voltmeter, waiting for my rotor to sh*t the bed. All that will do for me is let me know an hour ahead of time that I'm going to be stranded
One time I lost a rotor before I started carrying a spare (or later installed an Omega from Motorrad Elektrik) so I stopped at Wally World and bought a fresh lawn tractor battery and jumpered it to the main battery to run me without lights for a few more hours. Then I stopped at a service station and charged them both to get me the rest of the way home.
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:39 PM   #7
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I vote for an oil pressure gauge beside the voltmeter.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:12 AM   #8
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Me too. I have a voltmeter and an oil pressure gauge in my S fairing. I like having a clock, but get by with a cheap digital self-powered clock mounted on one of the "ears" where it's only obvious to me. I have an oil temp dipstick as well.....
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My oil pressure gauge and voltmeter set-up on my PD...

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Old 09-28-2008, 07:06 AM   #10
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My oil pressure gauge and voltmeter set-up on my PD...

Were did you get thoses gauge pods/gauges from??? been seraching for ages and cant find bar mounted ones anywere
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:24 PM   #11
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I recently bought my new VDO guages from Summit Racing. They were much cheaper than vintage/BMW replacments and theyre actually better. The mounting system is especially well thought out.

Delivery to Cali took two days!

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:09 PM   #12
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Damn

those are some sweet gauges. Where did you get them?
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:06 PM   #13
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I recently bought my new VDO guages from Summit Racing. They were much cheaper than vintage/BMW replacments and theyre actually better. The mounting system is especially well thought out.

Delivery to Cali took two days!

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Those were car gauges.

VDO motorcycle gauges are different construction, to deal with vibration.
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