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post #1 of 26 Old 05-08-2014, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Ambient Temp Indicator

Anyone here use their ambient temp gauge (it alternates with the clock after a long press of the left outside switch)?

I like knowing the temps for my own reasons... but, this thing is anywhere from 4 to 8F high. I wouldn't mind if it was consistently 8 high -- then I could at least extrapolate. But, it varies. I bought a a nice $45 Kuryakyn Black Marlin's Talon temp gauge, but that sucked almost as badly...

Anyone else have any comments on this? I know the sensor is replaceable, but it's a pain.

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No, but I can tell you what it looks like


The sensor removed.


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Anyone here use their ambient temp gauge (it alternates with the clock after a long press of the left outside switch)?

I like knowing the temps for my own reasons... but, this thing is anywhere from 4 to 8F high. I wouldn't mind if it was consistently 8 high -- then I could at least extrapolate. But, it varies. I bought a a nice $45 Kuryakyn Black Marlin's Talon temp gauge, but that sucked almost as badly...

Anyone else have any comments on this? I know the sensor is replaceable, but it's a pain.
It's not the sensor, it's where the sensor is positioned.

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It's not the sensor, it's where the sensor is positioned.

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You mean where it's positioned in relation to components that might give off additional heat?
That would make sense, however, that wouldn't explain the temp fluctuations from true (unless the sensor was hanging loose... bouncing around).

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Don't have an OEM therm. on the Wee, but I share your interest in ambient temp. Installed this Lascar unit on my scooter:



General observations...

A thermometer without a remote sensor is nearly useless. A bit of sun will drive the reading up by dozens of degrees.

Sensor position is important. On the scooter, mine is in the airstream under the nose with the radiator. No problem when moving, but temp rises rapidly when stopped in traffic.

So, I would try to check/adjust sensor position and be don't expect accurate readings if stopped and sensor is exposed to sun or engine heat.

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That would make sense, however, that wouldn't explain the temp fluctuations from true (unless the sensor was hanging loose... bouncing around).
Speed and wind direction effects the reading of the sensor.

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I've only used it on occasion, usually when leaving a campsite in the morning, but in reality, I already know when it's hot or cold out
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Yea the thermometer is about as accurate as the speedo.I just put on another layer when I start shivering.
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Anyone here use their ambient temp gauge (it alternates with the clock after a long press of the left outside switch)?

I like knowing the temps for my own reasons... but, this thing is anywhere from 4 to 8F high. I wouldn't mind if it was consistently 8 high -- then I could at least extrapolate. But, it varies. I bought a a nice $45 Kuryakyn Black Marlin's Talon temp gauge, but that sucked almost as badly...

Anyone else have any comments on this? I know the sensor is replaceable, but it's a pain.
We have two identical 2012's and they read identical temperatures, both 3-4 degrees above ambient when ambient is 50-90 degrees. This variance increases from zero as the bikes warm up, suggesting it's a result of where the thermocouple are placed. The fact that we're seeing the same variance suggests replacing your sensor wouldn't change anything.
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Mine reads fairly close according to bank signs and what not.

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