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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.