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post #1 of 97 (permalink) Old 05-21-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Neat little voltmeter (review)

Kuryakyn LED Battery Gauge

I ordered this voltmeter the other day and just now got it installed. I slid the positive wire into a connection already in place for my HID headlight. Grounded it using a terminal around a screw right next to the high beam. In retrospect, maybe not the best way to do it, because I can't see battery voltage before starting the engine, but it should do for now. I'd hook it up to the small parking light if I wanted that. Too much of a pain to get to for today. I think I'd be able to figure out if my battery went bad though.

Thoughts: Very nice LEDs that feature an auto-dimmer at night. Might still be bright for some people, but with my riding position at least, that section of the handlebar is out of view (I'm a tall dude). Came with strong adhesive foam on the back. Overall, very pleased so far! I'll update back with any issues at night.

http://www.amazon.com/Kuryakyn-4218-Black-L-E-D-Battery/dp/B000GU5WNO
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Glad your happy with it. Its a little busy for me.

I bought one off Ebay per a member recommendation here who posted a link to his and I love it. It is very inconspicuous on the dash. It is a voltmeter built into the back of a multicolor LED. The circuit board is about the size of my pinky fingernail. Something neat about it is when I first turn the key, it is amber indicating >12.45 volts. After the bike starts and idles up a few seconds, it goes green. This tells me it is actually measuring something instead of just staying green.

It is solid green when the bike is properly charging and it blinks and turns orange and red with different patterns as the voltage drops. Ebay Link.






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Despite my love of all things gauges, I really like that little indicator light. If my new one ever breaks or gets annoying, I'll probably go that route. I just don't have a drill or anything, so I skipped that option for now. I know my manhood isn't complete until I buy a quality drill, working on it!

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Despite my love of all things gauges, I really like that little indicator light. If my new one ever breaks or gets annoying, I'll probably go that route. I just don't have a drill or anything, so I skipped that option for now. I know my manhood isn't complete until I buy a quality drill, working on it!
Ed - talk with one of your line-maintenance guys. MOST I've met over the years were only too happy to give a hand!

(I use and like the Ryobi Li-ion 18V 1/2" drills.)

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Glad your happy with it. Its a little busy for me.

I bought one off Ebay per a member recommendation here who posted a link to his and I love it. It is very inconspicuous on the dash. It is a voltmeter built into the back of a multicolor LED. The circuit board is about the size of my pinky fingernail. Something neat about it is when I first turn the key, it is amber indicating >12.45 volts. After the bike starts and idles up a few seconds, it goes green. This tells me it is actually measuring something instead of just staying green.

It is solid green when the bike is properly charging and it blinks and turns orange and red with different patterns as the voltage drops. Ebay Link.








Thanks for the link Capn'. I ordered one today!


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Well. That would have been handy when my stator blew out and only got a clue when the battery eventually went dead and bike wouldn't start. Duh.
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Thanks for the link Capn'. I ordered one today!
You should be pleased and the piece of mind knowing your charging is nice.
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thanks Cap'n, just ordered one as well

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You should be pleased and the piece of mind knowing your charging is nice.

Hey just out of curiosity... what windshield is that in the picture? Looks like it's opaque plastic.


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Hey just out of curiosity... what windshield is that in the picture? Looks like it's opaque plastic.
Kawasaki OEM Tall. It transitions to clear.

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Cool screen kirk! You would like another light on the panel! Its the capt in ya!

It is a good idea!


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Cool screen kirk! You would like another light on the panel! Its the capt in ya!

It is a good idea!
I keep toggling through the instument panel looking for Warp Factor instead of the measly little MPH or KPH!
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Rather than just guessing the voltage by gauging the colours of the led indicators, why not get an accurate reading all the time?


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Rather than just guessing the voltage by gauging the colours of the led indicators, why not get an accurate reading all the time?
Please don't think I am against your indicator or any others. Good to know your system is working instead of finding out too late no matter what device is used.

To answer your question, I could care less what the actual voltage is as long as it is operating the bike and keeping the battery properly charged. I have more to worry about riding than if my bike drops .2 volts. With the multi-color LED, I get a green light while underway which gives me peace of mind. If I am rolling and see any other color or pattern, that will give me a heads up to pull my little cheatsheet out and see how bad the problem is. I do not memorize the colors or patterns because mine is always green and non intrusive. If the voltages flucuate on an indicator like yours even a little, I would be more distracted as the numbers change and carch my eye. Just my $.02

I believe that often without a gauge of some sort, we could be far from home or service and not know we are beginning to have a faulty charging system.

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Glad your happy with it. Its a little busy for me.

I bought one off Ebay per a member recommendation here who posted a link to his and I love it. It is very inconspicuous on the dash. It is a voltmeter built into the back of a multicolor LED. The circuit board is about the size of my pinky fingernail. Something neat about it is when I first turn the key, it is amber indicating >12.45 volts. After the bike starts and idles up a few seconds, it goes green. This tells me it is actually measuring something instead of just staying green.

It is solid green when the bike is properly charging and it blinks and turns orange and red with different patterns as the voltage drops. Ebay Link.







how did you wire yours up so that it only comes on when the power is on? I notice it comes with very short wires (didn't read that I could order it longer), so thus it's gonna have to stay close to the dash.

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how did you wire yours up so that it only comes on when the power is on? I notice it comes with very short wires (didn't read that I could order it longer), so thus it's gonna have to stay close to the dash.
I wired mine into the accessory plug under the front left side of the bike. This is just behind the left forks. I did solder longer wires to the device so that I could make the run. When you take off the left fairings, look for a square 4 socket plug just hanging around. Use a meter to find the ground and the switched hot. I just used spade terminals crimped/soldered to my longer wires and plugged them in. I then taped them in place with electrical tape to make sure they would never vibrate out.
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don't have any vacant plugs under any of the fairings, since all this does is monitor the charging system to let me know it's working, I would think it could be tapped into any switched source, I'm looking at taping into one of the running lights.

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don't have any vacant plugs under any of the fairings, since all this does is monitor the charging system to let me know it's working, I would think it could be tapped into any switched source, I'm looking at taping into one of the running lights.
Maybe they added this plug on the 2010's+?


Can anyone confirm? My plug was not hidden when I pulled my left fairings.


Tapping into a running light should work fine.
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