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    Default 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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by marker4x4 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Toynaround View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Toynaround View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoKittGL1800 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Toynaround View Post
    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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    Toynaround,

    May the force be with you my son. I really think you, being so much one with your mystical motocy, should show us how much one you are with said metal steed, and just ride blindfolded. I'm sure Luke Skywalker can.

    I REALLY love posters like you. Your kind make this board FUN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Wing View Post
    .... The hardest part is accessing the connector....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!).
    I've done it twice already (accessing the dreaded ABS'ed gear sensor plug, that is)....
    Mounted the OWL device, then had to remove it because the controller box was messed up - caused all kinds of "unrelated" problems; didn't know that until rode the bike

    In the course of doing that, I had to re&re the shelter extra few times because (how else!!!!) I forgot something.

    Anyway, it's getting easier as I keep doing this. I reckon, my air filter access time by now is below 20min from scratch, including break for cold suds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toynaround View Post
    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.....
    Sorry, but I must disagree. On a bike with a wide powerband and fairly close ratios it is very easy to mistake the current gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toynaround View Post
    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.....

    You know Just saying here.

    But why do guys install
    extra lights
    Gps
    radar dectors
    ipod etc
    aftermarket suspension
    different tires
    different windshields

    etc etc etc.

    Becausae it's what they want.THat's what makes us different but with the same thing in common "Motorcycles".

    As for the gear indicator.I don't have one but think it's a neat little device for anyone who wants one.I look at bikes and toys like this "It's your money-Spend it anyway you want too!"

    ORrrrrr.
    "If you have to ask-YOU wouldn't understand!" lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toynaround View Post
    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.....
    If you are one with the bike? Holy crap! Are you kidding?


    Dude, you watched too many episodes of Kung Fu when you were young.

    You want me to remember what gear I'm in? Heck, I need a GPS just so that I can remember where I'm going.

    Excuse me now. It's time for my afternoon meditation.
    Last edited by LarryM; 05-23-2011 at 03:37 PM.
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