Extreme weather means extreme measures


28 replies to this topic
  • tmckeown

Posted December 25, 2005 - 12:51 AM

#1

Hi,

Here in north we have problems with digital speedos because they freeze up if temperature goes below 0 centigrades. This means atleast 4 months of driving season here :bonk:

So here is my fix for that :cry:

You take a gripwarmer element
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cut it in half and resolder wire between halves
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Then you get a box that will with fit your speedo and install modified gripwarmer in there with some insulation
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Then install speedo on top of gripwarmer
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Cut a hole on the lid and put on its place
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Put lexan screen on the box and install it on the bike
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Do all the wiring needed and put resistor between gripwarmer wire 5ohms/10W to cut some wattage of from it. Put a switch for it and voilá :cry:

No you can heat up the speedo when ever it start to freeze :applause:

Timo Mc

  • ARin

Posted December 25, 2005 - 01:39 AM

#2

excellent!!!! good write up!.

  • simon@vic

Posted December 25, 2005 - 10:08 AM

#3

:applause: :bonk: :cry: :cry:

  • tp3dxf

Posted December 25, 2005 - 11:03 AM

#4

Your one tough dude to be riding around in that weather. If it gets into the 30's here in Cal I can't move let alone ride!

So is Conan O'Brian really a star in Finland?

  • tmckeown

Posted December 25, 2005 - 12:07 PM

#5

Hi,

We go out with bikes as low as -25 celsius / -13 fahrenheit. I think we have -30 celsius /-22 fahrenheit limit to keep races :applause:

Conan a star Hmmm... let's put it this way that lot's of people watch his show but a star... nope

Timo Mc

  • SJMC_DON

Posted December 25, 2005 - 12:49 PM

#6

You guys got an engine warmer? How do even start a bike at -13 F? I have a real hard time here at +20 F :applause:

What weight motor oil do you run at that temp?

  • tmckeown

Posted December 25, 2005 - 02:08 PM

#7

Hi,

Castrol GPS 10-40W, you just have to cover radiators and use thermostat.

Timo Mc

  • baha

Posted December 25, 2005 - 03:43 PM

#8

Thank You God for letting me be a Native of California-Whacked people and all. :applause: :bonk: :cry: :cry: :cry: :p

  • drewpeacock

Posted December 25, 2005 - 03:57 PM

#9

What is the resistor for?
I put grip warmers on and don't think I used a resistor.

  • tmckeown

Posted December 25, 2005 - 11:24 PM

#10

Hi,

Resistor is for lowering the wattage of that gripwarmer. I measured surface temperature on gripwarmer without resistor and it goes up to 60 celsius / 140 fahrenheit :applause: . So just keeping it safe and not from melting anything.

If you buy a gripwarmer set it has a resistor with it that you can use for the low setting.

Timo Mc

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  • drewpeacock

Posted December 26, 2005 - 06:13 AM

#11

Hi,

Resistor is for lowering the wattage of that gripwarmer. I measured surface temperature on gripwarmer without resistor and it goes up to 60 celsius / 140 fahrenheit :bonk: . So just keeping it safe and not from melting anything.

If you buy a gripwarmer set it has a resistor with it that you can use for the low setting.

Timo Mc

Thank you Tim... :applause:

  • SpeedBlitz

Posted January 02, 2006 - 06:13 AM

#12

Castrol GPS 10-40W, you just have to cover radiators and use thermostat.


Timo,

What thermostat do you use? I figured covering up the radiators would be sufficient. Do you have a picture of your setup?

Thanks,
SB

  • mtrablue

Posted January 02, 2006 - 08:30 AM

#13

What is the resistor for?
I put grip warmers on and don't think I used a resistor.


it allows you to have a high and low setting. some people wire it with the clutch side on high all the time because the bars pull a lot of the heat away. i use oury grips and with the high setting the grips get real soft!

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted January 02, 2006 - 08:33 AM

#14

Nice job Timo.... :applause:

  • tmckeown

Posted January 02, 2006 - 09:32 AM

#15

Timo,

What thermostat do you use? I figured covering up the radiators would be sufficient. Do you have a picture of your setup?

Thanks,
SB



Hi, sorry no pictures yet :applause: because I have not put a thermostat on my bike. But talked to my friends around and they said KTM EXC has the best suitable for it. I need to get and put mine in before feb when we start having iceroadracing competitions.

Timo Mc

  • SpeedBlitz

Posted January 03, 2006 - 10:08 AM

#16

Hi, sorry no pictures yet :applause: because I have not put a thermostat on my bike. But talked to my friends around and they said KTM EXC has the best suitable for it. I need to get and put mine in before feb when we start having iceroadracing competitions.

Timo Mc


Thanks Timo.

BTW, I'm very curious about European ice racing. The tire technology is quite different. Do you have some good links regarding Euro rules, or I guess in your case, the rules in Finland. Is this website a good reference?

http://www.iceroadracing.com/en/

Thanks

  • tmckeown

Posted January 03, 2006 - 10:58 AM

#17

Thanks Timo.

BTW, I'm very curious about European ice racing. The tire technology is quite different. Do you have some good links regarding Euro rules, or I guess in your case, the rules in Finland. Is this website a good reference?

http://www.iceroadracing.com/en/

Thanks


That is THE place when we talk about iceroadracing in Finland, most people ion that forums races. Best tyres over here you can find behind this link:

http://www.kisarenga...to.html#jaarata

Timo Mc

  • tmckeown

Posted January 03, 2006 - 11:02 AM

#18

Did some driving today and here is the end result :applause:

http://www.bikepics....ictures/494452/
http://www.bikepics....ictures/494453/
http://www.bikepics....ictures/494454/

Timo Mc

  • SpeedBlitz

Posted January 04, 2006 - 06:28 AM

#19

Nice pics Timo!!

  • Asgeir

Posted January 04, 2006 - 01:48 PM

#20

Hi Timo

Nice pictures.

What HID light is you have there ?

Where do you buy those heated grips ?

You are buying those ice tires at a really good price.

Asgeir




 
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