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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-21-2011, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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How to build a gear shift indicator from scratch

If any of you guys are up to speed with electronics (no, it doesn't require vacuum tubes) here is the link:

http://www.electronics-lab.com/proje...006/index.html

If anyone gets it built let us know!

Here is a YouTube of its operation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPNxT...eature=related

The sun in the video makes it a little hard to read the led.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-21-2011, 12:01 PM
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Interesting concept indeed, but I'm afraid that every time a mis-shift happens (GW's gearbox isn't the greatest), this device will keep counting gears.... not very useful IMHO.

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Interesting concept indeed, but I'm afraid that every time a mis-shift happens (GW's gearbox isn't the greatest), this device will keep counting gears.... not very useful IMHO.
I suspect you're right.

It is actually simple to put together a Gear Indicator for the Wing (using not much more than a handful of diodes and resistors), because it has a built-in Gear Position Sensor. The hardest part is accessing the connector. On a non-ABS bike it's not too bad, but on an ABS bike it's a real pain (I know, because I've "done it" - i.e. I helped my mechanic friend do it on my bike!).

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OK, I must ask, why does one need a gear shift indicator anyway? If you are one with the bike and know how to ride, then you always know what gear you are in, correct? Otherwise I think it wise to give up riding and find another hobby if you don't know what gear you are in. Just saying.....

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OK, I must ask, why does one need a gear shift indicator anyway? If you are one with the bike and know how to ride, then you always know what gear you are in, correct? Otherwise I think it wise to give up riding and find another hobby if you don't know what gear you are in. Just saying.....
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Nice piece of engineering, execution, and documentation. Kudos to the designer. I was wondering about missed shifts as well and speculating putting the hall effect devices at the extreme end of travel would obviate the missed shift issue.

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shifting up I don't have a problem but sometimes in traffic in town and stop lights I find my bike in 1st instead of 2nd that makes it interesting

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OK, I must ask, why does one need a gear shift indicator anyway? If you are one with the bike and know how to ride, then you always know what gear you are in, correct?
I'm sure most all of us have been riding motorcycles for 35+ years. I have. Through those years we've all gone without a gear indicator and survived just fine.

We've also gone through the years with bikes without fairings, windshields, cruise control, radios, reverse, heated grips & seats, gps, abs, electricly controled rear suspension, disc brakes, hydraulic clutches & brakes, and even centerstands. But we must agree that these technologic improvements sure are nice.

I never thought too much about a gear indicator until I purchased a 2008 Yamaha FJR1300 that had one. After riding the FJR for a while I noticed how positive & helpful it was to have an easy-to-read & always correct gear indicator. I grew to really enjoy it and would glance at it occasionally when ever there was any question of what gear I was in.

Sure, we all can survive and ride without one. But it sure is a nice gadget to have and I feel the Goldwing should come with one.
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I'm sure most all of us have been riding motorcycles for 35+ years. I have. Sure, we all can survive and ride without one. But it sure is a nice gadget to have and I feel the Goldwing should come with one.

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OK, I must ask, why does one need a gear shift indicator anyway? If you are one with the bike and know how to ride, then you always know what gear you are in, correct? Otherwise I think it wise to give up riding and find another hobby if you don't know what gear you are in. Just saying.....
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