Motorcycle Compass

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Razorbak, Jan 1, 2002.

  1. Razorbak

    Razorbak Been here awhile

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  2. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    Has anybody actually tried this?

    I have had problems with compasses close to metal objects such as the motorcycle. I have a Silva map compass I keep in a transparent net pocket on my tank bag, and it never reads correctly until I remove it from the vicinity of the bike.

    I am not sure, but it seems to me that a handlebar compass would be no better - especially on bikes with heated grips or where other wires carrying an electric current along or inside the handlebars.

    There are electronic compasses out there that work despite such interference.

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  3. moon

    moon Space Cowboy

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    Looks like the one I bought from RiderWearhouse with the needle that's frozen in one postion and is now at the bottom of a cardboard box where I keep miscellaneous junk. :puke
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  4. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    That is what I do with my Silva; I take it out of the bag. But it is nice to have something to use while riding, which is what I now use a GPS for.

    I have an old Trimble aviation GPS my father gave me this summer. Not as fancy as the ones for sale now, but it gives me a bearing, has waypoints, current speed, average speed/ETA, and that is good enough for the price - free.

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