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post #1 of 32 Old 05-02-2010, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Good recommendations for a thermometer?

When I had a cruiser, I had been planning to buy a thermometer that either mounted to the handlebars or to the windshield.

Now that I have a Wee, any good inputs on thermometers that are in your normal field of vision (the handlebars require looking down with my full face helmet)?

Maybe one that mounts to the speedo/tach console somehow??

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When I had a cruiser, I had been planning to buy a thermometer that either mounted to the handlebars or to the windshield.

Now that I have a Wee, any good inputs on thermometers that are in your normal field of vision (the handlebars require looking down with my full face helmet)?

Maybe one that mounts to the speedo/tach console somehow??
I use a waterproof digital thermometer that is designed to be used in an aquarium. It measures both C and F. I bought it on ebay for about $5.00. I attached it to the cowling using velcro.

Pet stores should have a variety of different waterproof thermometers.

Hope this helps.
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I like this thermometer but as stated in the link above it’s not waterproof but can be made waterproof with silicone caulk or it’s cheap enough to buy another. Mounted mine just above and behind my GPS using a small piece of flat plastic and some 3M double sided tape and it’s endured well for the last year.


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Aerostich has some liquid crystal strips you can stick somewhere, maybe on your windshield. $7. Pretty foolproof I imagine.
One of the strips goes from 58 to 88 which is the only one I would need because outside those temps I'm not likely on my motorbike.


Received these the other day and they are pretty useless in the sun.....way too sensitive to be placed in the sun.

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That's one item I could never figure out the need for. The only thing a thermometer would do for me is to make me feel hotter or colder than it really is.

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That's one item I could never figure out the need for. The only thing a thermometer would do for me is to make me feel hotter or colder than it really is.
Not sure there is a “NEED” for a thermometer but I ride year round and the closer to 32 it gets keeps you aware of when water turns into ice. Also, I like a digital thermometer that reads in tenths of a degree. It was kind of fun last year about this time on the Blue Ridge Pkwy. I watched the temp drop from 78 degrees in the valley to 52 degrees at the restaurant on Mt. Mitchell.

A couple of photos on Richard Russell Hwy late this winter and you are right about making you feel colder than it really is.




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OK Bahill, I can respect that. I tend to forget that people ride when it gets that close to freezing. When it gets to be that time of year, that's when my bikes get put to bed for the Winter & the Corolla comes out of Its Summer hibernation.

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Well I bought a digital thermometer with a wired temp sensor that reads out in tenths of a degree for $10 at Wally World, and now I'm working on a bracket to mount it on the brake fluid reservoir with Velcro. I'm going to run the sensor wire beside the brake and throttle cables, and put the sensor right behind the air inlets so I'll be reading ambient air temp, not a higher temp due to the sun.

There may not be a great need for the thermometer, but we don't really even need the bikes, but we have them. I used to have a cruiser and wanted a clock and thermometer, but then held off when I knew I was selling it. This bike had the clock, so all I needed to do was add the thermometer.

I could see myself using it to figure out what gear I should wear depending on the temperature. If I'm too cool when using the mesh jacket when it's 65F, I can use that as a guideline on the next ride. If I'm too cool in the morning at 45F with the textile jacket with no insulated liner, then I know when to start using the liner. And if I'm riding within a few degrees of 32F, time to watch out. If I'm too hot at 95F with the mesh jacket, I'm screwed unless I want to go without the gear.

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Well, I finally got my digital thermometer. I bought some 1" aluminum angle iron at Lowe's, flattened it out a bit to increase the angle from 90deg to something higher, then sanded it a bit, cleaned it up, spray painted it flat black, mounted it to the top of the brake fluid reservoir, then mounted the thermometer I have to the angle iron.

I had already run the temp sensor for outside temp down inside the fairing just behind one of the air inlets. Now all I have to do is to tie up all the excess wire for the temp sensor to make it neater. I'm not that much of a handyman, so I was pretty proud how it came out.

Took a ride today, temps ranged between 73 and 83 degrees (makes a big difference if you ride by lakes, where the air is quite a bit cooler.




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