Volt meter to your bike

I have few things on my V-Strom 650. And because I want to do long trips, it’s good to keep an eye on the battery from time to time. As such, I decided to add a voltmeter. Here is how I did it.

I’ve purchased a voltmeter for about $5 from eBay. Just make sure it’s waterproof. I chose the color of the LED to be yellow, just to match the yellow dash. I decided to cut off the small ears from the sides. This is what I was left with.

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After adding some more extension cables as seen in image above, I’ve threaded the cable through the dashboard and the plastic that’s holding it. Looks like this

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To have the voltmeter start when the bike starts, I decided to mount it to the horn. This way, it only gets power then the I power up the bike and it’s only 0.5v off.

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I have added the negative pole to a screw I found on the handlebar. Could have been any screw for that matter. It works.

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And this is the final result. I used some double sided tape to fix it to the bike. How well it holds ? Well, since I’ve mounted the voltmeter, I’ve been through rain and 40+ degrees temperatures. The bike stood in rain for days and stood in bittering sun for hours. I’ve been through some rough roads and 8+ hours of continuous rides. Never had a problem, never moved, never fell since the first mount. What tape did I use ? I think it’s an ordinary double sided tape, very very thin in width and unbranded.

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Total costs: $6

3 Replies to “Volt meter to your bike”

  1. I would have attached the earth to an earth wire around, rather than using the frame. I believe electrolysis is the result of using the frame to earth.

    1. Unfortunately, at the time of planning, I didn’t think this through and the wire was too short to get it back to battery. I was lazy at the time and found a faster solution. If I’ll see any signs of electrolysis, I’ll change the wire and connect it to the battery.

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