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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2008, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Gear Position Sender Wire?

I'm missing the gear position indicator I had on the Suzuki GS I just sold to get into the Versys. Aftermarket indicators are very expensive by the time they get here to Australia, so I thought I'd have a go a setting one up.

Is there a gear position sender wire on the Versys? I'm told that the norm is to have a feed that has a different resistance for each gear. My thought is to tap into this for the signal.

It was a whole lot easier on the Suzuki (1981 technology) which had a multi-pole switch with a different wire for each gear.
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This should help you: http://www.acumen-electronics.co.uk/...20guide%20.pdf
(page 6) Refer to ER-6N.
Wow. Now I see how it works. It just looks at the relation between speed and rpm, and helps prevent looking for that elusive 7th gear.

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The trouble with the speedo/tacho model is that it does not work when the bike is not moving, and blipping down the gears in traffic fools it because the revs are not stable. In my new job I ride this bike in the traffic more than the old (heavy) GS1000G, and I didn't realise I relied on the indicator the way I do. It's a 'old dog/new trick' kind of thing.
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My Gixxer 1000 has a gear indicator and I can't believe the manufacturers don't put this display on every single bike. With a sequential shift pattern, it really is the way to go.

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Glad to see you're with me, Hacktracker. Lots of people reckon, 'Real riders can match the revs in their head' etc.

However, I've found and downloaded the Versys service manual and the wiring diagram has no mention of a gear indicator wire. Rats.

I also want to set up self-cancelling blinkers, another thing my 1981 GS1000G had. But the blinker switch on the Versys is mechanical (whereas the Suzuki blinkers were all electrical) and so I'm locked into remembering to cancell them myself. Same response on this issue from the purists - 'Real bikers remember etc.' But if their car blinkers weren't self-cancelling it would be a different response.

Kim

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I think a gear indicator is a safety device. With a quick glance you will know what kind of power to expect when you roll back on the throttle.

If you're leaned over and expect 3rd gear acceleration from the Vs. and you happen to be in 2nd gear, you may just overwhelm the tire.

I may get one of those aftermarket models, be cause I really do miss having one.

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