|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 10:24 am: ||
I realise that there is a viewpoint of "just ride" w.r.t. the condition/reliability of the charging system on the 1125, but I also know that some people are interested in keeping a bit of an eye on things.
This won't give you a great deal of warning when things go wrong, but it might make you feel a bit more confident about the charging system when riding which can't be a bad thing now can it?
The LED in the picture is a tri-colour one that displays different colours/patterns dependant on the voltage being monitored.
In the first picture (above) it is seeing more than 11.8V but less than 13.2V, so the battery is OK and the charging system is not charging it the LED is Amber.
In this next picture:
The LED is now Green which shows between voltages between 13.2V and 15.2V (normal charging).
If the voltage exceeds 15.2V the LED flashes Red/Green to indicate an overvoltage situation.
If the voltage drops below 11.5 the LED flashes Amber, below 11.2V it flashes Red..
It's an easy (2 wire) job to fit and running it alongside the ODIS voltage display this one clearly changes state much more quickly. That is to say that as soon as i shut the engine down the LED changes from Green (charging) to Amber..
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:03 am: ||
They seem to work well, I have a tri-color voltmeter on the Uly's dash.
PO installed it, looks factory.
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:45 am: ||
American Sport Bike also has one that has a line of lights that go from red, amber, green, red. Works fairly well
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:54 am: ||
Is this a special LED intended for this purpose, or did you put together additional circuitry? Where did you get it? I have a GPS connected to my accessory circuit. The ECM turns off this circuit if the charging is not adequate. My '08 does not have a voltmeter in the cluster. I watch the GPS. If it goes off, I know I am not charging. It has actually only happened once. I was idling for an extended period of time at a toll booth at DFW airport as they tried to figure out how to process a motorcycle through properly. I forgot I had my high beams on. It was warm, so my fans were running also. I saw the GPS turn off, so I quickly shut 'er down. It started up after a great big pop from the exhaust, and I had no more charging issues. The GPS came back on as soon as I went through first gear.
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:59 am: ||
There's additional circuitry in it (not just the LED) but it is compact.
I actually bought this off eBay, it's configurable so that it'll either just monitor battery condition, or it'll monitor battery/charging conditions.
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 12:59 pm: ||
As Cateract mentioned, I bought this Voltage Meter at American Sport Bike. Took 10 mins to install (wired into the running lights).
(Message edited by Spectrum on February 11, 2011)
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 01:14 pm: ||
I thought about that one, but the single LED unit is easier for a very quick glance or to use my peripheral vision just to see the glow out of the corner of my eye..(just my opinion)
|Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 02:52 pm: ||
Thank God for the CR...!
This is exactly how I knew my stator had lost one segment, but was fine to get me home from work, without killing the battery and or leaving me stranded half way home.
(Message edited by 1_mike on February 11, 2011)