Another DIY project of mine, how to add a voltmeter to the bike. Original posted on my blog
I have few things on my V-Strom 650. And because I want to do long trips, itís good to keep an eye on the battery from time to time. As such, I decided to add a voltmeter. Here is how I did it.
Iíve purchased a voltmeter for about $5 from eBay. Just make sure itís waterproof. I chose the color of the LED to be yellow, just to match the yellow dash. I decided to cut off the small ears from the sides. This is what I was left with.
After adding some more extension cables as seen in image above, Iíve threaded the cable through the dashboard and the plastic thatís holding it. Looks like this
To have the voltmeter start when the bike starts, I decided to mount it to the horn. This way, it only gets power then the I power up the bike and itís only 0.5v off.
I have added the negative pole to a screw I found on the handlebar. Could have been any screw for that matter. It works.
And this is the final result. I used some double sided tape to fix it to the bike. How well it holds ? Well, since Iíve mounted the voltmeter, Iíve been through rain and 40+ degrees temperatures. The bike stood in rain for days and stood in bittering sun for hours. Iíve been through some rough roads and 8+ hours of continuous rides. Never had a problem, never moved, never fell since the first mount. What tape did I use ? I think itís an ordinary double sided tape, very very thin in width and unbranded.
Total costs: $6
Volt meter to your bike - Julian