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 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.
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 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, 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 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 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)
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)
I bought one of these a couple of years ago and finally got around to installing it last fall. Plus factors are the compact size, plus the ability to have all this information in one place. Negative factors:
1. Temperature readings are very, very dependent upon where you mount the sensor. I found that mounting it in the fairing (1999 Triumph Tiger) led to abnormally high readings when stopped for any period of time, as the engine heat became a factor.
2. Voltage reading does not match VOM readings taken at the battery. I suspect that the low-gauge cables are partly to blame.
3. The unit will run down your battery if you do not have it on a switched connection (Orange wire if I recall correctly). Don't ask me how I know, and probably not a factor if you ride at least weekly.
4. Compact size makes it easily hidden by a tank bag, and it takes a little time to locate the information you are seeking -- an issue for us older riders who focus more slowly than in youth.
I can't speak to the black ice warning, but I suspect that it is also dependent upon the sensor placwment.
All in all, a great idea whose execution is not up to the usual Aerostich standards. (Posted on 5/21/07)