Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Drumbo, Ontario, Canada
I'd like to know when the ambient temp is approaching freezing. Bridges icing and ice fog can be an unpleasant surprise when commuting in the spring and fall. I'd also like to know the coolant and engine oil temps, so I know when the engine is actually at operating temp (oil above 80ºC / 175ºF).
To me, most multi-function digital displays are a distraction. I consider them useless if they require a button press to change what is being displayed. The displays on some of the high end vehicles are ridiculous! A big bright distraction screen with rotary dial, a trigger and a couple push buttons to control engine tuning, traction control, ABS, suspension settings, cruise control, grip and seat heating, clock with multiple time zones, elapsed time displays, display brightness, and much much more. But don't worry, your cell phone and GPS can also be linked via bluetooth or mounted within your line of sight as well!
I prefer individual analog gauges that can be glanced at for immediate recognition of "normal position" on the gauge. Even the digital speedo on the V has become a flickering nuisance to me. How fast am I going? KPH -> 100, 98, 101, 99, 103, 97, 99, 101, 102, 100,... Around 100, got it. That is with the throttle lock on while cruising a flat and straight road. And let's not forget to mentally calculate the actual speed based on the known error of the speedo! A needle pointed at a position / number, like the tachometer, is much easier to comprehend without any actual thought process and no distraction.
The digital odometer / trip meters / clock are almost as much of a bother. A quick glance tells you a number, but only if the ignition is on. What number? One has to look closer to read the indicator. Oh, Trip B not the odometer. Press the button 2 times to get the odometer (for the mileage log entry). Whoops! pressed 3 times and got Trip A. Press 3 times...
Boy, do I miss the old school simplicity and functionality of my '82 and it's analog gauges!
Thanks for letting me get that off my mind! I'm now going to show my V some love by washing 2 weeks (~2000 km / 1200 mi) of bugs and grime off of it. I'll also install some LED driving lights. Now that the days are getting shorter in the northern hemisphere, I find myself riding in the dark a fair bit. Won't be long and I'll be wanting that ambient temp gauge!
2011 V650 in Black, well accessorized.