Which Trail Tech on Your Thumper for Around Town? 7.17.13

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by IndyChizzle, Jul 17, 2013.

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Which Trail Tech would you install on your Thumper for around town use?

  1. Trail Tech Vapor; it has speedometer and a tachometer (Does the tach work?)

  2. Trail Tech Striker; it has a speedometer and a voltmeter

  3. Trail Tech Voyager; it has a speedometer and a trail GPS

  4. Other

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  1. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Inspired by Trevor W

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    Hi,
    I just bought a DR650 Supermoto and I'm looking to add a Trail Tech digital speedometer. I did some researching and narrowed my search down to Trail Tech and a few models that I thought would suit my needs. I'm pretty much just going to use the bike as fun around-town transportation, and maybe a big trip once in a while. I'm guessing I'll be on-road 98% of the time and dirt only about 2% of the time.
    I'm trying to get the opinions of people who have installed these on their bikes (actual first hand experience) and I'm trying to avoid a big argument about theoreticals. If you've got some first hand experience, I'd love to hear it!
    Thanks AdvRiders!
    Chuck
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  2. wvrocks

    wvrocks Been here awhile

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    I used a Vector on my KTM 640 Adv when the stock unit died. I found it for $14 brand new so that made my choice much easier! I probably would have gone with the Striker if I hadn't found the close out Vector. I didn't need the Tach that comes on the Vapor since mine still works. Wanted the water temp feature and didn't need the voltmeter. I think the Vapor has a bigger speed readout than the Vector which would have been nice. I don't think you can go wrong with any of their units.
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  3. PatrickM

    PatrickM Been here awhile

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    Vapor here.

    I wanted a tach/RPM meter as the basic speedo is good, but it just makes it a whole lot easier to see the revs versus having to guess/listen.

    I could have gone with the one with the GPS, but GPS technology changes so much and there are so many options (Garmin, phone, magellan, or without) that it didn't seem necessary to marry myself to one brand for a do-it-all while I could get a better GPS and mount it across bikes, or even upgrade later.

    The RPM is pretty good, 5-6 wire wraps around the spark plug wire and I have an easy to read measurement.
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  4. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

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    I used the Vapor on my xrr super moto. I've been real happy with it so far. I like that it came with a coolant temp. sensor and display.

    [​IMG]
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  5. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    I'm in the market too. I asked SeanPNW on his thread about his dash choice, below is his response.

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  6. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    I too have the Vapor Stealth. It was easy to wire, speedo was easy to calibrate and the tach has quick response and works fine.
    Many different optional screens and layout I just wish screen 1 (the one it defaults to at start up) had the water temp and the tach on it instead of the ambient temp. Just gotta go to screen 2 when you get on. It works great and well worth the money.
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  7. IndyChizzle

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    I'd seen some reviews that suggested that the Vapor tachometer was less than reliable. Does it work for most people?
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  8. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    SkiBumBrian, where did you get that plate for the dash? If you made it yourself, do you have a thread on the build?

    In regard to dashes, although I will likely end up with a Vapor I have not yet discounted the Acewell dash but have not done any research on it.

    Apologies to the OP for the slight hijack
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  9. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    It was created with a 3D printer. Unfortunately the dims were lost in a data crash. I have been considering making a mold of it.....
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  10. darkstarmoto

    darkstarmoto Am I evil? Yes I am

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    The TT Endurance II is a good speedo. Super simple install and runs 12V with battery back-up (or can run on just battery but seems silly if you have 12V available).

    Just make sure you get an E2 from after 10/2/12 there was a recall due to the odo loosing or resetting data. The one I had on my Husky worked pretty nicely other than loosing 3K miles off the total odo mileage.
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  11. wvrocks

    wvrocks Been here awhile

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    Whichever you decide on, there is a way to set your odometer to match your bike's current mileage. That's assuming you know what it is now anyway. Its not listed in the manual but can be found here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5066769&postcount=21

    "There is an undocumented feature to change the total mileage and total run time -
    Defined sequence is entry of a secret factory factory code into the wheel size setting (9110); then user presses right button for 3 seconds to enter the first programming mode. To show that the computer is in the programming mode, the clock feature will flash. Then user can the press center button to get to the ODO and ART data, and enter the desired number. The computer will stay in this programming mode until the reset button on the back of the computer is pressed. Please note that user must the change wheel size setting back to primary WS for their machine.
    I found that I did not need to use the reset button to exit this programming mode, it would exit automatically once I had cycled through all the available parameters. "<!-- / message --><!-- edit note -->
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  12. IndyChizzle

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    Awesome tip! Thanks!
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  13. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i had the endurance which was good but i dont think it had a full time backlight for night riding. i have the vapor now with the backlight which is great for night riding. the ambient temp seems to be about ten degrees off on two of the vapors i had though which is no big deal.
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  14. Akunin

    Akunin Neo-Vegabond

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    I just installed my second Vapor (1st was 4 years ago) and it's been reliable. I went straight to coil and the readings are great, I tried the wrap around the spark plug wire but its just too touchy that way for me, one wrap not enough and the rpms are too low, too much wrap and they are too high so the coil method has been the most reliable, at least to me
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  15. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Any particular reason you chose the model you did?
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  16. Kawidad

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    It's what I use and mine works perfectly. :evil
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  17. FreeGranite

    FreeGranite Nubile dirtrider

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    This x 100. I installed one on my 640E. A tach is a real nice feature to have on a bike, at least imo. Tried it with the wrap around the ignition wire but it was too unreliable on the paint shaker. Hooked it to the coil and its been great since.

    As has been mentioned before, there are a couple downfalls like the unit defaulting to screen 1, even though screen 2 has more pertinent information. Also, I find the ambient temp is always about 10 degrees too hot (probably due to the headers and radiators dumping heat to it.) I think they should offer a remote temp mount for the ambient. Overall though, I am quite happy with my Vapor Stealth.

    P.S. I still find it fun to see how many MPH you can skip when you get on the gas.
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  18. IndyChizzle

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    Awesome feedback guys! Since the tach feature evidently works, I'm gonna get a Vapor...
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  20. IndyChizzle

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