Looking for digital clock/temp

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by 92869, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. 92869

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    Searching this web site and others for an instrument that gives a digital readout of time, outside temperature and perhaps additional important info, I have only found 2 candidates for my KLR650. One is just what I would want except it is not water/weather resistant and others have had to encase it in a plastic bag for actual use on a bike. The other is a smaller unit gray or silver that would work but is lacking in readability and function. Does anyone have a good unit available? I have a Britannia Composites fairing with a good size dash so size is not an issue. I'm not knowledgeable on GPS units, is there an affordable one that would give me those details in addition to the GPS function?
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  2. SgtDuster

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    I know where you can find a cheap, easy to read temp/clock/voltage thingy but it's not waterproof. :dunno

    I always wanted to skeletonize it to encase the circuitry inside a home made waterproof case but I never did...
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  3. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    I use a MotoFizz on my KLX.

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    I mounted one on a dash on another bike and it didn't work well. It absorbed head from the dash. On the KLX, I mounted one on the cross bar and it operates flawlessly. They are only available from Aerostich.

    Ron :D
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  4. 92869

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    Just read some of the feedback comments on the first unit at Areostitch.com and found an acceptable way to "waterproof" it AND was directed to a site that had it for cheap with very low shipping. Couldn't pass all that up so I pulled the trigger.
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  5. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    If the Aerostich one is that long skinny one, I have one on my KLR. I tried waterproofing it with silicone. So far so good, except that the temperature gauge went blank about 2 weeks ago. Now I know what time it is and my battery voltage. I've had the thing for maybe 8 months now.
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  6. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Can't say for the 1st Gen 'Stich but the one I'm talking about is this one:

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    Around 15$ shipped.
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  7. dddd

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    To me the clock is easy to discard (carry your own watch, a gps display, a 5$ kid watch without bracelet in a pocket or velcroed on (good sticker, careful, not dollarstore...)

    The thermometer might be bimetal actually. No batteries, think about it.
    I tie a digital tiny one on my bag (or put it in arm pocket, exposed to wind). I dont quite care about temp when it rains, because it never feels like it. so waterproof is not required (slip it in the bag), the advantage of not having it fixed on bike.

    Usually the cheap ones with suction cups in general store are fine for me, remove the cup or other fluff, drill a hole across a safe edge if no other hole, and pass a small tiewrap for a basc loop.

    A fat rope loop ties this easily to luggage when the meter is small enough to pass in the loop, to anchor like this:
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  8. 92869

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    SgtDuster, where did you get that one? It looks similar to but not the same one I've seen at Aerostitch and elsewhere. Perhaps it's better at water resistance?
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  9. Iball

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    Build your own.
    www.arduino.cc
    www.sparkfun.com

    I've built several "digital thermometers" in the last few months, most of them wireless ones that send the temp back to the recevier w/LCD display every 10 minutes. Useful here in the desert for things that absolutely cannot tolerate high temps and need A/C cooling. A single 9-volt battery lasts about 60 days on the wireless nodes themselves, the Arduino is powered via wall-wart with a 9-volt battery backup for power failures. When temps go above a certain limit a light flashes on the box, an alarm goes off, and an email is sent out over the network to my iPhone.
    I've never spent a single day in college and don't have any degrees. If I can figure it out, so can anyone.

    You can easily weatherize a simple 2x16 (2 line, 16 character) monochrome LCD and embed it in it's own box or directly into the fairing/dash and using a serial backpack only need to run 3 wires from the display back to a weatherproof box housing the Arduino node and temp sensor. Or run a sensor to the front of the bike and a separate one to the engine and then you'll have current temp w/wind and engine temps.
    The microcontroller programming is simple, the only hard part is weatherproofing and mounting everything.
    An Arduino board costs around $30 ($20 for the "Pro" version which is smaller but harder to initially use), temp sensors go for about $1.50 each, serial-enabled LCD is about $25. Soldering iron REQUIRED.
    So let's say for around $75 you can roll-your-own to include weatherproofing materials (RTV, silicone, what-have-you).

    Or you could get wacky and go all out like this guy did for his frickin' SCOOTER. Lean angle, GPS, temp, battery volatage, theft-recovery, etc.
    http://www.janspace.com/b2evolution/arduino.php/2010/06/26/scooterputer
    He documented it so well I'm putting together my own when I get back stateside for my F650 GS.
    Arduino is easy. If you can snap together LEGOs and have a decent steady hand at soldering, you can pretty much build anything you want.

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    The truly sad thing is, I can barely change the tires and oil on my own damn bike.
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  10. Hound Dawg

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    Can you please post where you bought this or what brand it is? Thanks.
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  11. SgtDuster

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    It's a no-name chinese thingy that you can find on Dealextreme.com.

    Bought one for my friend's little sailboat and one for me just for the fun of it.
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    Do the write up for a basic display useful for adventure riding. I'd build one.
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  13. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I have the clock/volt/thermometer sold by Aerostich/RiderWearhouse, Whitehorse Gear, and Dennis Kirk among others. The package says "Show Chrome Accessories".

    I opened it up and siliconed it. I also mounted it under an overhang so it doesn't get direct rain.

    It works on Celsius but not F. I am learning the C scale in an experiential way. Perhaps I got silicone on the switch or perhaps not. I'd be willing to take full responsibility if this was the only failure.

    At temperatures near freezing the voltage display shows about 26 to 28 volts when a separate multimeter shows 13 or 14 volts. (I think it's the temperature, not the thermometer, that causes the failure.) When the volt meter first switches to the erroneously high reading the clock will lose an hour.

    I think Show Chrome and the retailers are missing an opportunity, but perhaps the profit from selling this piece of crap is worth it. Since it is not waterproof they can blame the user for all failures -- either failure to waterproof it or failures from waterproofing it.
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  14. Xeraux

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    You did see where he had to write his own code to make it all work together, right? It's not just cobbling together some parts.

    "Putting together the hardware was about 10% of the time - writing the code by far took the most amount of time. Lots of evenings."
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  15. Joey Stalin

    Joey Stalin Been here awhile

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    can't help with the temp, but for a clock, just buy a 10 dollar watch at walmart, throw away the band, and stick it on with some heavy duty double sided sticky tape (the thick foam one, about 1/8" thick, not the real thin stuff that is only about as thick as scotch tape). works great!
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  16. genka

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    I use this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-Fri...789?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab69dbd25
    Not waterproof, but I wrap it's sides with electricians tape and it lasts until the battery dies. When it happens, I just get a new one. The advantage of this thermometer is that it has a remote sensor, placed in the airstream it reads changes in the temperature almost instantaneously. I don't think it is available in F scale though.
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    +1
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  18. Texcollect

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    This is what I have with the remote sensor cable tied onto the front turn signal
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