Wireless Bike Computer
Posted April 27, 2000 - 05:33 AM
R o d. H. Canberra, Australia400 Thumpers Australia
Almost a 2000' WR400
Posted April 27, 2000 - 08:23 AM
I've been thinking about this lately as well. The problem we will have using wireless computer is that the transmitter and the computer need to be within a certain distance from each other. I use a wireless computer for my mountain bike from Specialized. It works very well but the distance form transmitter to computer is obviously alot less then on a motorcycle.
I've seen a couple wireless computers I thought were nice. One is from a bicycle parts company called Topeak and the model is Panoram (topeak.com). It allows you to see your distance, speed, time and clock all at once, nice system. I know that Performancebikes.com sell them for about $60 US.
Obviously the best soultion would be to get an motorcycle enduro computer but I think we all know how expensive those are!
I sure would like to know if anyone has managed to make these wireless bike computer work though.
JJ in WA
Posted April 27, 2000 - 09:14 PM
I'll ride the occasional enduro and fully believe in ICO's or Pacemakers for that purpose, but this is perfect for keeping track of oil changes (Maintenance setting program used as a safety reminder to check your bike), as well as the standard stuff like time & speed.
Now how do you suppose you could mount one with Pro-Tapers? It's available in standard and wireless versions!
Posted April 27, 2000 - 10:16 AM
Rod: I actully tried this some time ago on a Yamaha Banshee I owned. The problems are as the one fellow below stated: The physical distance between the sending and receiving units, but that was easily overcome. The biggest problem lies in the interference caused by the M/C high voltage coil interfering with the transmission of the speed info to the speedo itself. Regardless of the actual speed travelled, the wireless speedo showed me going over 700 mph. (really) This may be cured by going to a hard wired bike speedo but I don't think the wire would be shielded against such radio interference. I know that Baja Designs sells a a regular speedo that fits on the existing odometer cable, but it's kind of corny looking...unless you like that retro early 70's look.
Originally posted by RodH:
I am considering a bike computer to replace the speedo, and I would like to know if anyone can recommend a particular make or model that would suit. It might not really need to be wireless, as that would make it cheaper too I suppose ?
Posted April 27, 2000 - 11:35 AM
As stated in the previous posts, there are two problems with the wireless units - distance and interference. A friend of mine went through 3 or four brands of wireless computers on his mountain bike before he found one that worked and this was at a shorter distrance and no (or at least less) interference. I think he ended up using the Specialized.
I have also heard that some brands top out at speeds less than 60mph. I have not seen one like this, but I know the Sigmas are good to 160mph (not that your WR will ever go that fast!).
Posted April 28, 2000 - 09:09 PM
Is anyone going to try to mount one? If so are you goning to go wired or wireless?
Heywood is there a way you could post a very detailed description of what you did and how you did it, escecially how you spliced the wire and were you got matching wire?
It sure would be nice to mount it in a place that would shield it and still allow you to use a Scotts Dampener with Protapers. Maybe we could find a way to mount it where the Odometer is now!
What and where should I get the stuff to help remove my Odo?
Posted April 28, 2000 - 10:18 AM
To remove the odo you need a spacer and seal for the front wheel. You can get the stock YZ parts from Yamaha, they fit directly onto WR. I think someone posted the part numbers at one time, you might do a search on the subject.
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Posted April 30, 2000 - 04:47 PM
I twisted it around the brake line and used zip ties to secure it in a couple spots. I eventually will replace these with heat shrink (when I get around to removing the brake line).
Posted May 04, 2000 - 03:28 PM
Greg in Atlanta
WR, R1, XS1B, XS2, NS50, TR6C, KTM300EXC.