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Old 04-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #21
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For the last few years I have been using a bicycle spedo on my Yamaha. It works perfect.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:19 AM   #22
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Bike computers are great. I have one on every one of my bicycles and another Garmin that has GPS and heartrate monitor. The only bad thing is they are not back lit (at least most of the ones I've seen don't), so you'll have to rig something up to light it if you ride at night enough to matter.

I would just get an aftermarket panel meant for motorcycles. The basic functions rig up about the same as bike computers and the simpler ones aren't that expensive. KOSO makes some really nice ones.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:33 AM   #23
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I've used a GPS in my pickup, cause I haven't flashed the computer to match the new rear-end gearing. Flawless, worked great.
SmartPhone works well also, but doesn't always pick up a signal real quick, and kills batteries fast. I have used it to check stock setup on my 650r... ~8% off if I remember correctly. I turned it on, cruised at exactly 100mph for a bit, then checked the max speed.... 92 or 93mph. I'm banking on the bike being wrong, not the gps.

Never used bicycle speedo, except on bicycles. Seems like they'd work well. Some are backlit, but I'd just point a single LED at it. Some are wireless... mine lasted like 5k miles on one set of batteries... on a bicycle... I imagine you'd get plenty of mileage per battery on something that regularly goes faster than 30mph.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:45 PM   #24
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Using a vapor on mine, which is pretty handy for the temps and stuff too, but I rode it plenty the same way Senor Mongo did before I had it mounted up
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