Panoram Computers - Will It Last on WR?
Posted December 30, 2001 - 10:05 PM
On my KLX300R I used one of the Panaram cycle computers. In a very short time (< 100 miles each) both of them died. I sent them back to Trailtech who each time sent me a new one. The last one was a newer model but sold the KLX before I had time to put any miles on it. A friend with an XR650R is also on his 3rd unit but is up to around 2500 miles total.
The problems we have had seem to be related to vibration.
- Screen goes haywire. Just getting random numbers and letters and stuff. This happened while I'm riding along an easy trail. It was not wet and I had not spilled gasoline on it. Both units died in < 100 miles. I am NOT a hard rider and was not competing over even riding hard. Hey, KLX300's don't go that fast!
I have several friends with XR250's and DRZ's who have > 1000 miles on their units and no problems.
Has anyone had luck using the Panoram on the WR? I mostly use it as a speedo and odo but the clock, etc.. was nice. My confidence level of the product is low enough that I'll likely leave the stock WR odo on there and use the Panaram for speed. I only need this when I'm motoring around Moab or some place where I need to obey the speed limits until I get to my trail.
I'd like to state that Panoram has been very nice to deal with over the phone and got me a new head unit mailed out right away both times. I did not have any miles on my newer, improved unit when I sold it with my KLX when I got the WR. I'm just not sure the Panoram is up to the hazards of the vibrations for a dirt bike.
On street bikes I have had good luck with Sigma BC computers but not sure how THEY would work in the dirt either. I just need either a long term Panoram or some sort of working speedo. I prefer the Panoram. I always got a very nice woman on the phone when I called and never Geoff. FYI.
Any info would be appreciated.
colorado springs, co
[ December 30, 2001: Message edited by: Tom Vervaeke ]
Posted December 30, 2001 - 02:38 PM
Hope this holps! Tony
Posted December 30, 2001 - 02:55 PM
I went ahead and ordered a new one today direct from TrailTech. It seems like they have a new bolt/magnet fix for the magnet issue. I never had that problem on my KLX, the magnet was fastened in place using the adhesive from TrailTech and it never failed. But a magnet/bolt combo is a great way to do this.
As for the computer itself, on both occasions my symptoms were simply that the screen went crazy. I don't recall it ever going dim but it may have. I tried replacing the battery myself before even calling Trailtech but that was not it. When I shook my unit I could hear something small and loose moving around in there.
When I mount the new one on the WR I'm going to try to isolate it as much as possible from vibration. I'm going to try rubber mounting or some such to see what can be done.
One other question I failed to ask in my original post is has anyone used the new billet aluminum Panoram protectors? They sell one that bolts onto the forward handlebar mounts. I've got a Scott's triple clamp/steering damper, and Pro Tapers on the way and would be interested to see if this new billet mount would work with this setup. I
guess the critical question is whether the billet piece would line up with the bolt patten on the Scott's pro taper mount.
I'm going to leave the stock odo in place until the new Panoram works out. If it doesn't, I guess I'll have to get something like an ICO (although I don't do enduros) or see if something like another OEM speedo would work. Or a cheap Sigma unit. It seems at least one person on the TT forum has had good luck with this.
Posted December 30, 2001 - 07:52 PM
Posted December 31, 2001 - 03:49 AM
Posted January 01, 2002 - 03:11 PM
Posted January 03, 2002 - 05:14 AM
The TRAILTECH Panoram is great, and has great support!
I will be sending mine back for the 25$ upgrade, but I've been problem free for almost 500 miles.
if you don't want a full enduro comp($$$)., then get a panoram
P.S. the billet cages do look cool!
Posted January 04, 2002 - 10:32 PM
Posted January 04, 2002 - 10:57 PM
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Posted January 04, 2002 - 01:23 PM
I don't know why you're having so many problems with your Trailtech units. I've had 2 of them, one on my WR400 and the other on my KTM250. Both have always worked perfectly and don't get removed for washing the bike either. I would not spray water directly on it any more than my ICO, which already has moisture in it. The KTM odometer was not as reliable by comparison, the cable broke on the second ride.
The units are as good as anything out there IMHO and don't cost much more than an average tire.
Posted January 04, 2002 - 04:22 PM
Tim in Boise,Idaho!
Posted January 10, 2002 - 03:24 PM
I did much research into this before I bought the "Wally World" version for 29bucks.
I actually tracked down a tele # for Panoram and posing as a "Retailer" talked to a wholesale rep. that told me that the NEXT version was actually the same EXACT thing as the PANORAM version! Marketed and manufactured for certain companies including WalMart!
I also asked him about the MX version and assured me that they were the SAME EXACT unit with the only modifications coming from AfterMarket companies changing the sending units.
If I have the time I will find and post the tele # for everyone to verify this .
Once again I AM NOT dis'n on Geoff's product ,only stating what I have learned during EXTENSIVE research.
I also have a friend that has the bicycle version that has over 2000 miles on it and not a single problem.
I now have about 500miles on mine and it has been in the sand/cold wx/snow/and mx track.So I am here to say that so far I am satisfied with my Wally World CpU. And I have and extra 50smackaroos in my pocket!
Just my $.03