Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Get a voltmeter
And one more suggestion, BlauBeeMr, speaking of Christmas. Make yourself a gift of one of these multi-function meters. It offers a clock, temperature display (handy!) and, most importantly: a voltmeter. It is not terribly accurate, but it does not matter at all: all you want to know is whether you are in normal or low range.
That way, you will know, when you walk up to your bike in the morning, if you have enough "juice" to start it. Also, if you are running a lot of accessories, heated gear and auxiliary lights, this will tell you if you are draining your battery (guess how I came about to install this gadget in the first place... got stuck once).
The meter requires only 3 wires (ground, battery and ignition) and is always on (backlighting and hi/low LEDs come on with ignition). Here it is mounted below my accessory shelf, with some aluminum scrap and velcro.
It is not rated as waterproof, but as long as it is out of a direct spray of water, it'll survive. This particular device is with me through two consecutive LT's, many years, many tens of thousands of miles, many rains. I even know someone who has the same meter tie-wrapped to the handlebar of her dual-sport bike, all in the open - and no problems.
Aerostich used to carry it, but I do not see it in most recent catalog. However, I see that it is being sold on eBay for as low as $32 with shipping. Search eBay for "5 function voltmeter".
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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Last edited by rdwalker; Dec 11th, 2009 at 11:14 pm.