Info galore in a compact, digital format that could fit nicely in your bikes’ cockpit. Two thermometers incorporating an ice/freeze alert, a voltage meter, a three-LED battery volt meter, and a combination clock/stopwatch that operates in either 12 or 24 hour format. A “black ice” alert flashes when that hazardous road condition threatens. Temperature minimums and maximums can be stored in memory and cleared easily. Not extreme weatherproof unless modified (open, fill with silicon sealant, close.) 5.5"×1"×.75".
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Customer Reviews (22)
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- Good and Not So GoodReview by Rex
- I seem to have an obsession with knowing the time and temperature, not part of my bike's analog instrument cluster. Also, with the assortment of stuff I've wired to my bike with itslow-electrical output, I wanted to make sure that I wouldn't run down the battery while running stuff, especially a heated vest and auxiliary lights, I figured the voltmeter would be a good addition. Installation was pretty easy once you figure which wires to tap into. I don't know why people are complaining about thin wires--just Velcro the unit to your triple clamps or dash, zip-tie the external sensor to anything (I did this to the underside of part of the front fairing mounting bracket) and no worries. If it does concern you, buy a long length of shrink tubing and put that over the wires BEFORE installing (can't do that afterwards, can you?). THE GOOD: it works! Temperatures seemed accurate, voltage meter seemed accurate, it kept the time, the light worked, and it stayed in place. Not waterproof? It's in the product description, as well as how to make it waterproof, so that's a non-issue, too. THE BAD: because it does not have a back-up battery, and the clock was really my primary need, it was wired to always be ON so the time wouldn't have to be set every time I started the motorcycle. Well, what should have been an insignificant amount of drain on the battery while parked, it was enough such that if the bike sat too long (sometimes a week), I'd end up with a low (or even flat) battery (this wouldn't be an issue with a car and its larger battery). Solution #1) Always connect a trickle-charger when the bike is parked, but that's annoying. Solution #2) remove it and resell it. I then installed a Bell automotive clock/indoor-outdoor thermometer that is battery operated. No problems (and it turned out that my electrical accessories were all easily powered by the bikes generator so no need for the voltmeter). (Posted on 4/1/16)
- 5 Function Becomes 3 FunctionReview by Donald
- Purchased and installed this unit in April 2012. It worked well until wet, dried it out and worked ok. Temperature indication both inside and outside have recently died. Would recommend for use inside a car but not on a motorcycle. I will be removing the unit. (Posted on 9/29/13)
- Good voltmeterReview by M
Being a BMW rider I have farkleitus so got one of these five years ago. I put it in the top of the clear map section of my tank bag. The bag goes between three bikes, two of which are airheads and so notorious about running down batteries. It has been a good backup to the on board volt meters. However it consistently reads high (or 'optimistic'). but at least it is consistent. The high voltage sets of the annoying alarm, so thanks to the poster who told us how to disconnect that :). All in all I have found it well worth the price, but YMMV
(Posted on 9/13/13)
- Multi meterReview by Shepard
- Looks like it's worth $40.....chinese wires are MUCH too thin....looks like a problem...too soon to tell...will eval over next few months...... (Posted on 9/4/12)
- 5 function digital meterReview by Dan
- I have one of these on both of my bikes. the first one I bought, installed on my 1980 Suzuki GS850GL has worked well. The second one is a different story. It's installed on my 1983 Suzuki GS1100G. The clock jumps time, it has a warning beep whenever my rpm drops below 3k, but the voltage is still showing close to 14v. I'm looking for analog gages to replace it. (Posted on 7/23/12)
- works butReview by chopper
- Purchased a unit about 2 months ago and installed it about 6 weeks ago and have ridden about 700km since. seems to work as advertised, nice display that is readable while riding in full sunlight. On my last ride 2 days ago I noticed that the backlight was not working. Since I am a master electrician the first thing that came to mind was my wiring, but having checked the wiring I am sorry to report the back lights are not working, everything else works but no back light (Posted on 6/19/12)
- ExpectationsReview by RandyLove
- The wires on this device are very thin and susceptible to breaking if you're not careful. I wish the back lighting was a bit brighter, but for the price it has performed admirably. (Posted on 9/27/11)
- Great ProductReview by Rick Hoover
- I had one of these on my Goldwing a few years ago. It worked great. I now ride a Ultra Classic Harley. It has a built in volt meter and clock. I found it was not as accurate as this one. I do not use the clock function so I didn't have to wire direct to battery and other wires to key turn on. It works great for my needs. The thermoneter is also very accurate. Easy install. (Posted on 7/25/11)
- So far, So good, 2 seasons plus...........Review by The Gunny
- I agree with the majority here, it's not waterproof. I've been on many wet rides here in Alaska, the wettest ride was from Anchorage to Homer, rained all the way. The gauge worked fine, until, another rider & I went to a car wash, it didn't survive the direct blast from the wand, before I could stop my buddy. After the ride home, and a few seconds with an air compressor, it still works fine, now on its 3rd season. It lives in a Vetter fairing, up against the windshield, so unless I'm getting blowing rain from the rear, it's protected. I'm about to install another one in a different bike/fairing. I'm hoping that one's as good as the one I have so far. (Posted on 5/27/11)
- Waterproofing trickReview by BeemerGarrett
- After I read all the reviews of how this unit is great except that it dies immediately if gotten wet, I sought a solution. My electronics store (Fry's) sells 1" clear heat shrink tubing. It slides right over the unit. Cut it a bit long then hit it with your heat gun. Stick a gob of silicone at each end and its water tight. I can still use the start/stop, reset, max/min and clear and the display is very readable. I switched to timer and outside temp before heat shrinking. Oh and BTW, the alarm is wired remote from the board so if it drives you crazy, just unscrew the back and pull the wires loose. But don't lose any of those switches because they jumper contacts on the circuit board. (Posted on 1/31/11)
- Less than averageReview by Damasovi
I have this one monted on my KLR and it was good until I had the first bike wash, just a little water and BUMMM it goes dead, I did not know it was not water resistent, I actually think it is water alergic since it only takes a lite drizze. Then the Voltage indicator went out, and it was never on the spot, maybe 0.5 to 1 Volt off. The clocks work ok, other than that I have no use for it.
Now after 3 years it has died. And also the Velcros that come with it are not that good.
Thansk (Posted on 3/12/10)
- Don't get it wet..Review by RickM
- I bought this meter originally about 3 years ago. The first unit died within a month and Aerostitch replaced it immediately. The second unit lasted about 3 years and the temp unit died. I really like the unit but agree about water issues. I sort of fixed that problem by installing a sub-miniature 5 pin connector to take the whole unit off and I put it in the saddlebag when weather is an issue. You just have to reset the clock when you plug it back in. I guess I'll buy another, maybe the third is a charm. (Posted on 1/31/10)
- I found it in a lake (Represa del Peñol)Review by Luis
I was diving in a lake down the docks and I found it at 18 feet . It sames new because wires was tied as from factory.
I disassembled it and dry , and reassembly.
In first moment I dont Know what is this device but now I understand how it works.
Now I Know how to connect the Orange wire.
It is working well and I will install it in my BoatHouse. A nice device with usefull information. (In - Out temp).
I tested it with an used six Volts battery and
and the reading was very accurated: 5.8 volts and it still woking. The same for 8 and 12 volts batteries.
Thanks POSEIDON for the gift. (Posted on 1/27/10)
- I would echo the reviews ...Review by Andy Moon
- I would echo the reviews above in that this unit is NOT WATERPROOF! Very dissapointed in this product and I have loved everything else I have gotten from Aerostich's fine catalog. Seems they would have thought about this item more carefully given the clientel that uses Aerostich products. Who can stay out of the rain if you are really riding a motorcycle. Heck this thing won't even stand up to a careful washing without going bonkers. (Posted on 11/3/08)
- I first bought this for m...Review by Douglas Harwood
I first bought this for my dad's CB750 because he is always looking for a decent clock. But, believe it or not, we couldn't find a sheltered 5 1/2 inch long flat spot to secure it to, not even in the Windjammer fairing. Even before that though it was very apparent that this item is designed for use in a car - it has indoor and outdoor thermometers - and is obviously not waterproof. Weird that Aerostich doesn't mention that in the catalog.
After we gave up trying to fit it on the 750 I took it for my little CB200 which doesn't see much rain. I had to fabricate a mount for it but I finally got it installed on the 200. The actual installation was pretty simple. There are 3 wires: positive, ground and switched. I easily tapped the "switched" wire into the taillight circuit. This does mean that to keep the clock running there is a drain on the battery all the time, I guess I'll see how severe it is the next time the bikes sits for a while. The sensor wire for the outdoor thermometer is about 10 feet long, which is close to twice the length of the bike it's installed on, and is pretty much useless because the indoor and outdoor temperatures should be the same on a motorcycle, right? I guess you could install the sensor somewhere to give you an approximate engine temp but I think the thermometer only reads up to 99.9 degrees. I thought about cutting it off and not dealing with it at all but I couldn't bring myself to permenently damage the $32 gadget. I installed the sensor facing forward on the underside of the headlight bucket and it seems to give a pretty accurate reading.
Finally, the packaging reads, "strong backlight or easy reading..." but their definition of strong must be different from mine because at first I couldn't even tell there was a backlight. The backlight was visible when I took the bike to the back of the garage, turned off the lights and closed the door.
Overall, I think that there's a great idea behind this little gizmo but the construction is so slight that I simply don't trust it to work for any length of time on a bike that I ride any real distance.
If they designed one of these with more-or-less the same features but made it sturdy enough to take a little abuse (like getting caught in a light sprinkle) then I would buy 4 of 'em. But this one won't handle even one full season of daily commuting. It doesn't live up to it's $32 price tag, let alone the Aerostich name. (Posted on 6/20/08)
- I got this a while back, ...Review by mike ledoux
I got this a while back, finally got around to installing it last weekend. There were some annoyances with the installation, mostly due to the extremely thin wires on the meter, but not a huge deal. Once installed the light on the display is dim. Very dim. Not quite "get out a flashlight to read it" dim, but definitely "open the faceshield and lean in close" dim. At least the LEDs are bright enough to give some clue about the bike's voltage after dark.
Today, it rained while the bike was parked outside my office. Not a particularly heavy rain, but that doesn't seem to matter for this meter. Even with it mounted between the gauges and windshield on the bike, so it was out of most of the weather, the meter got part-filled with water and (mosty) died. The display still comes on, but the values reported on the meter are VERY obviously wrong, and the LEDs light more or less at random.
I'm very disappointed in this product. Aerostich, you do yourselves and your customers a disservice by even carrying garbage like this. (Posted on 6/20/08)
- Alot of good info for old...Review by Dale Sorensen
- Alot of good info for older bikes, esp. if adding aux lighting. Good spot-gap info before buying the snazzy voltmeter. First one was DOA on the display, promptly replaced-including shipping. Second one has voltage issues. Compared to my fluke meter, spot on between 12 and 14 volts, but fairly inaccurate outside that range. No fault of the device, but if your voltage goes below 11.5 or above 16.0, it beeps annoyingly for a minute, not a good thing if your talking to the law, they think you got a detector. I'll probably will take it apart and clip the "beeper". 'Black Ice' alert mode non- functional, even at 28 degrees. Not a fan of "Made in China" c*** at all, would probably bought something better had that fact been known. Will be raiding the penny jar for a pure voltmeter, if it's not made you know where. (Posted on 6/20/08)
- Sure wish I'd seen Dale a...Review by John Bishop
- Sure wish I'd seen Dale and Ed's comments before buying this thing. Mine died during the first ride, in the rain, but didn't die all the way. Only the temperature side of the display showed anything, but it was a wandering indication that went from 50 F down to -54 F, where it stayed. The unit thought the battery voltage was low and would not stop beeping, which was another annoyance all the way home (it could be heard above the exhaust note of a '96 KTM Duke with an aftermarket can), and there's no switch to shut it off. It is absolutely not waterproof. It would be nice if that appeared in the catalog description. The instructions refer to installation in a car, though the seller is "Big Bike Parts." Maybe they don't ride Big Bikes in the rain... (Posted on 6/20/08)
- Not waterproof. Did not l...Review by Ed Reynolds
- Not waterproof. Did not last long after the first rain. (Posted on 4/1/08)
- You would think that Chin...Review by B Lamborn
- You would think that China could make a voltage meter that would read accurate by now. Not so....... This meter reads 2 volts lower then what the VOM reads. I just wish it was heavier because it won't even make a nice paper weight. This product isn't up to Aerostich standards. (Posted on 12/25/07)
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