Did this install a few weeks ago; the Sparkbright was installed temporarily to test the location but today I made it more "final".
With my V-Strom, I had a dash with voltmeter and two switches. I realized having the voltmeter and switches in my line of sight was distracting. I don't really need to know every single voltage fluctuation.
With the Versys I'm trying to keep it more minimal. I knew I wanted a Sparkbright, and I also knew I wanted a USB port to charge my phone etc. I'm not quite ready to cut holes in my dash AND I wanted a visually minimal setup, so I was thinking about how to accomplish that.
I had already installed the Kawi Accessory Relay. It affords two powered (keyed) leads. For now, the Sparkbright and the USB port will occupy those leads. While preparing the relay/USB wiring I also made a short Y cable to split the power again if necessary, but for now it is not needed.
Whilst installing my Kawi relay a few weeks back, I noticed there was a lot of room between the tank and the left panel. I also noticed a few places that could easily support a small bracket. SO... a plan was hatched. I made a bracket for the USB port and mounted the bracket as shown in the photos. It's not perfect, but it's out of sight. Edges are smooth to avoid wire and finger abrasion.
The USB port lives out of sight but is easily accessed. It powers my phone and one more USB device if needed. A bonus is the Voltmeter built into the port, and Kawasaki Green seemed a fitting color choice. I can glance down and see the voltage if I'm curious, or if the Sparkbright starts doing something other than being green.
Speaking of the Sparkbright... it's a great little piece of kit. I decided to mount it without drilling a hole in the dash, attached to the left dash/fairing support bar. It's in direct line of sight, right below the tach.
I may change my mind and mount one or both of these in the dash, but for now... the placement works great and doesn't distract at all.
The USB port and bracket before final routing. Final relay wire routing is between the bracket and the tank, tied away from the tank edges. USB port power and ground come up from underneath the port.
Better to have it and not need it... adds another powered lead to the relay.
Top view. The nylon sheath is covering the Sparkbright wiring, which is a bit flimsy. This photo was before covering the back of the accessory relay. The accessory, USB, and Sparkbright leads are brass bullet connectors, with plastic covers. They are all taped up for safety, then zip-tied around the bracket for stability.
As seen from rider position.
Sparkbright against the fairing support, before securing.
Sparkbright wiring and USB cable, ready to re-attach fairing. The Sparkbright is attached with zips and electrical tape.
Final check before closing everything up. Bike not running. You can see the Sparkbright LED shining red, the Voltmeter shining green.
The Sparkbright as seen from the cockpit.