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Get a load of this. #715116 11/14/17 10:09 pm
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I had to post a video of this since I'm certain you wouldn't believe me if I just told you. I recently installed a new voltmeter on 57 Thunderbird and boy was I surprised when I started my bike.
This baby charges at idle! This is a first for me. I've never seen this happen. It pegs out a 14.0 volts running down the road. I had always thought there was something wrong with my ammeter......it never showed a discharge except when the lights were on at idle.

[video:youtube]https://youtu.be/M90Kzm9yQoQ[/video]

It's testament to the efficiency of a single points and coil ignition, I believe.

Cheers,
Bill



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1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
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Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715117 11/14/17 10:23 pm
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That's terrific.

But what I really want to know is, which voltmeter is that, and where can I get one?


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Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715125 11/14/17 10:51 pm
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I buy stuff from this Chinese Amazon-like website. I bought all these and some others. I usually buy multiples because some of them either don't work or don't work right.
They're cheap enough....I have voltmeters on all my vehicles. I couldn't find an LCD display, so I had to buy LED's and they need a shade fabbed up so you can see them in the daylight. A short length of PVC pipe epoxied on and painted black does the trick.
Cheers,
Bill

https://www.banggood.com/12V-24V-3_....html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

https://www.banggood.com/12-24V-Mot....html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

https://www.banggood.com/DC12-24V-B....html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

https://www.banggood.com/12V-LED-Di....html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

Last edited by HawaiianTiger; 11/14/17 10:54 pm.

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1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Black Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715127 11/14/17 11:02 pm
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Great, thanks for the links.

A few years ago, I tried an LED voltmeter on my bikes, but the solder joints shook apart in no time. It was meant for a car dash I think.


Kurt

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Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715133 11/14/17 11:28 pm
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Wow, Bill you have a basin and a stove in your workshop! Hawai really is the place to be! ;-)



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Bikes: '69 T120 on average (1967 rolling frame and 1971 Bonnie engine) + '56 1/2 T110 on average (58 rolling frame - with 55 iron head engine)
Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715135 11/14/17 11:40 pm
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PS -- beautiful bike :bigt

And, oh yeah, I've got a laundry tub just like yours in my basement workshop.


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Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715152 11/15/17 2:01 am
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Yea, that bike really sounds wonderful, and to think it's 60yrs old. That's a testament to a great bike!


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Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715166 11/15/17 5:47 am
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I think of these items like wearing items, sort of like chains or cables. They have a limited life span. But for 6 or 7 bucks, it's pretty painless.
But the last ones lasted for 7-8 years. Not bad, but they don't make them anymore. I'd prefer LCD displays since I ride almost exclusively during daylight hours.

The handlebar mount really makes it practical. There can be problems finding a good place to mount them.
Here's the one on the Norton.
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Hard to photograph the display frown

Cheers,
Bill

PS the oven is for powder coating smile


Bikes
1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Black Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: Get a load of this. [Re: HawaiianTiger] #715173 11/15/17 8:12 am
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Interesting indeed, thanks for the links, there must be a way to fit one of these things in the headlight shell instead of the ammeter I suppose ?


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1972 Trident T150T
1961 Goldie DBD34
1969 Benelli 250 sport special

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