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post #1 of 19 Old 08-04-2009, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all! Question; I'd like to have a digital thermometer/outside air temp gauge mounted on my bike. It'd be nice to get that data while riding. I know I've ridden in 95 degrees and I wasn't too uncomfortable.

I know that some GPS units will display that data and I will eventually get one. I'm just looking for something in the meantime. Suggestions, comments?
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-04-2009, 11:33 PM
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Do a title only search on thermometer. There have been threads on the subject before.

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http://www.formotionproducts.com/
Makes some nice analog thermometers, stick-on or bolt-on, no wires. Cheers-BB

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Thanks guys. And when all else fails....read the directions or use the search engine.
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There are several options available from Rider Warehouse:
http://www.aerostich.com/catalogsear...?q=thermometer

In general, the little liquid filled thermometers absolutely suck. They are pretty much useless.

I have yet to here from anyone who has tried the electronic digital ones who didn't have the unit fail within a year's time. They are typically designed for car use, hence they are not waterproof and will die the first time you get caught outside in the rain. Even the units like the one offered by Show Chrome, which claim to be designed for motorcycle use, are not waterproof.

The analog units are the best, but even they have problems. They tend to read much higher than the true temp (especially in the summer) due to exposure to direct sunlight.

So, basically there really is no perfect way to have a bike mounted thermometer.
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My digital 5 function has been working for four years. It's the only powered survivor of my 2006 crash. It's been a steady 5 degrees F high all that time. The trick is to put it where it doesn't get much water.


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I used a couple of different stick-on thermometers for the first few months after I got the bike. I learned that if they didn’t have a remote probe they are pretty much useless when the sun is shining. They are also slow to react to temperature changes.

I then got this unit from Aerostitch:

http://www.aerostich.com/mini-remote-thermometer.html

I taped around it to make it reasonably water resistant and attached it to the left side of the handlebar just inboard of the clutch lever-hinge area. It is a nice size. I mounted the probe to the underside of the fairing over the front tire. It worked well for a couple of years and a LOT of rain riding and about 60,000 km and then it finally died.

I hooked up a LED to the left side mirror arm and have it hooked to my fuse panel which is powered when the ignition is on so that it shines light on the thermometer so I can read it at night. It is a bit Rube-Goldberg-ish as I used electrical tape to attach it but it works fine.

After the Aerostich unit died I replaced it with the unit below which is intended to be used while tubing. It is supposed to be totally waterproof although I have seen some fogging after severe rain.

http://www.fishwest.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=flyshop&Produc t_Code=WJ59BTHERM

It's a little on the large size. I took the rubber off it (the rubber is basically a holder) and also mounted it with electrical tape. I think the Aerostitch unit worked better (clearer reading and quicker reaction to temperature changes) but overall I'm satisfied with it.

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After reading all the threads I figured I'd use my farkle money on other farkles. I usually ceck the temp before I ride and currently don't ride near freezing which I think is the critical reason for a thermometer.

How hard can it be to make a decent weather proof thermometer?

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I got this...


It's an Aircraft based unit the protrudes through the front windshield. Has a perforated probe about 5in long.

It's very accurate and can withstand the elements. I can't really see it while riding, unless I stand up a little. I could have put it in other places more visable in the sitting position but felt the left panel was blank and needed something.

I like having it though, it's nice to know what temps your in at any given time or place.
It my case it was free and just needed 5/16 hole in the panel.

May also check your local small appliance/kitchen accessories store etc, and look for an oven type unit.

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I got this...


It's an Aircraft based unit the protrudes through the front windshield. Has a perforated probe about 5in long.
And where does one purchase such a thing?

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