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johnd
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PostSubject: Outside Temperature Gauge   Wed 13 Nov 2013, 11:30

For years I wanted an outside temperature gauge but never found one that was inexpensive and small enough to be placed on the dash some place and not look out of place.
Well it finally dawned on me that my fish tank had a gauge just like I was looking for. I took it out and held it close to a light bulb and it went up past 120 degrees.
I went on line and found on E bay the exact one for under $ 7.00 (in black) and mounted it on my left glove compartment while the pick up wire went up under the lid and mounted in side the left set of gauges out of the way with it's small suction cup.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-LCD-Fish-Tank-Aquarium-Marine-Water-Thermometer-Temperature-Gaug e-E-19-/400548003166?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d42857d5e
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Wed 13 Nov 2013, 12:21

I once went with a group of riders, in winter, and going up a long hill i overtook everyone as they were going so slow. when we stopped i asked why, they were going so slow. It turned out a couple of them had temperature gauges fitted and because it showed below freezing they were all panicking, i just said did no-one notice the water running down the hill? that told me it was above freezing. Experiance counts more than gadgets in my opinion.Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Wed 13 Nov 2013, 16:19

Old Limey, now that's funny. Laughing Here in Florida I don't have to worry about freezing and don't need a gage to tell me when it's hot.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 00:54

Why were they afraid of freezing ? I have rode in well below freezing temps over the years.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 04:06

Nope,I have tried to understand this but failed scratch outside temperature gauge on a bike/scooter seems about as useful as a chocolate poker to me,sitting inside a car with the heater blowing nice warm air then yes it might be a handy reminder,but surely on a bike you should be more aware of your surroundings Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 07:19

It's all about Farkling. And yes some of us do want to know what temperture we are riding in. I prefer to ride with caution. Black ice and and semi frozen leaves are not fun. I personally don't like to ride below 38° unless I absolutely have too. Which rarely occurs.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 08:11

I too have a thermometer on my scoot and had one on my Goldwings. Not to tell if it was freezing or not (my body tells me that), but I just like to know what the outside temperature is.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 08:48

I'm also one of those people that "just" likes to know the temperature so bought a digital fish tank thermometer for a couple of quid off e-bay. It worked OK except the readout went up & down like a yo-yo depending on whether the sun was on it or not so I took it off - I guess the only way is to find one designed for a motorcycle with a remote sensor placed somewhere under the bodywork.
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PostSubject: Temp   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 09:21

And that is precisely why I rand the temp wire up to outside of the left gauge on the dash, so it would be in the sun light directly. It seams to work very well in the shade. Laughing dealwithit 
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 11:37

I've got a small thermometer built into a zipper puller on my winter jacket and on the reverse side of it a Wind Chill chart is printed. I've had it on various jackets since I bought in the Eighties, it works for me!   Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Thu 14 Nov 2013, 14:59

The Piaggio X9 series had an outside-temperature gauge as standard.
It was just another little aid.
Can't speak for the States but the temperature he can fluctuate considerably over a short distance so one is warned of significant drops and be prepared for changes in road-surface conditions.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Fri 15 Nov 2013, 14:18

So as my last post seems to have vanished into the ethos,do we get a picture of the installation ??
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johnd
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PostSubject: Temp guage   Fri 15 Nov 2013, 14:33

I am computer e-literate at times but I will take a picture today and see if I can post it here in the forum tonight or tomorrow and see if I don't Rage  lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Fri 15 Nov 2013, 17:32

If you go to my picture Album, and look at #212 you will see my outside thermometer.
It works very well and is large enough to see. I have a double stick tape to hold it onto the brake reservoir.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Fri 15 Nov 2013, 20:59

OK. Let the fun begin.
So far, I am having to down load a new program to my computer.
I did not really want to do that.
iLivid Installation is taking for ever. Over 3 min. I am done waiting.
If you want pictures I will try and send them to to you directly, if you like, Just send me your personal email.
GREAT! now it won't let me close the program.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Sat 16 Nov 2013, 12:52

I do not think a few of our people realize at the top of the opening page is a place called "FORUM, CALENDAR, ALBUMS, Etc. If you click on ALBUMS, you will see pictures posted of members Swings.
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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Sat 16 Nov 2013, 14:27

Here's a shot of the one on Tracey's bike. It was in place when we bought it used. The needle does not vibrate and is readable at a glance. It also seems to be accurate with the public thermometers we see.

http://www.formotionproducts.com

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PostSubject: Re: Outside Temperature Gauge   Wed 20 Nov 2013, 13:07

This is a picture of the thermometer I have mounted.  The sensor wire is routed through the vent opening that shows behind the brake master cylinder, and I mounted the sensor itself on one of the openings on the front of the fairing. That way it is not affected by the sun shining on it and gives a good reading.

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