DIY: ABS motorcycle switch – with relay (VAR II) – V-Strom 650DL

The installation, mounting and getting the first ABS switch to work was pretty easy. However, was impossible to turn the ABS off on the go and was an absolute pain to turn it off after getting throw overs on the bike, during a trip.

As such, I decided to mount a handlebar one and resolve the above problems. I had only one problem: 15 amp switch. Someone from Facebook told be about relays and, after understanding what are those, I decided to go ahead with it.

Would have been pretty easy just to have it installed on the dash board with a 15A switch mounted and a fuse on the side. However, the 15A switches are pretty massive and I wouldn’t like the end result, so, I went to make one myself, small, pretty and with a relay attached.

I went to Bunnings to get some inspiration through their shelves. In the General Hardware Section I found 20 x 20 brackets. I purchased the 1mm one for $0.88. There are all kinds of brackets there, including angled ones if you want.

From Altronics I’ve purchased mini mini switches and covers for them.

Carinya 20 x 200 x 1mm Flat Make-a-Bracket
Carinya 20 x 200 x 1mm Flat Make-a-Bracket

I decided I would need 3 of those holes for 2 switches and 1 light. So I went ahead and made the holes bigger with my electric screwdriver.

Testing the bracket with swiches.
Testing the bracket with swiches.
Testing the bracket with swiches.
Testing the bracket with swiches.
Bracket cut and holes enlarged.
Bracket cut and holes enlarged.

After that, I’ve spray painted the bracket in a black colour so it will match the bike, and voilà.

Painted bracket
Painted bracket

I had to learn a little bit about how relays work and after doing that and a bit of Facebook consultation, I decided to buy a 30A SPDT (Single Pole Double Throw) relay switch for my momentary ABS swich and a cradle.

This is the setup before anything.

Getting everything ready.
Getting everything ready.

Here is my circuit that I drew after understanding how everything should work. It’s pretty simple once you understand the basics. My teaching videos: Video 1 and Video 2.

 

ABS relay switch circuit
ABS relay switch circuit

Because I didn’t use the 87 pole, I’ve cut it off. I’ve also cut a fuse in half and stripped the wiring so I can insert it into the fuse cradle. See the first ABS post to see how I’ve done that.

This is how my bike's setup was before the ABS switch.
This is how my bike’s setup was before the ABS switch.
Fuse rods prepared.
Fuse rods prepared.

Cutting the 87 Pole

Relay and fuse mounted.
Relay and fuse mounted.

From this point, there were only 2 more cables, to the handlebar, for the switch.

Here is the end result.

Final result
Final result

Mind you, the ABS switch its the one on the left, and always sitting in the down position as it is a momentary on/off which disables my ABS until I turn the bike back on.

The second switch its a normal switch which cuts off all my 7 USB charges from the bike. The green light bulb its connected to the USB charges as the ABS has one of its own, OEM.

The switches, on the back side were insulated with shrinking tube and silicone on top and on the edges and inside the tube itself.

Total cost for this: ~$12

Installing SpeedoHealer on V-Strom 650, 2012+

I decided to install a SpeedoHealer on my 2014 V-Strom 650. On our roads we have lots of speed cameras, mobile cameras, point-to-point cameras, etc … For a long period of time I had (and still have) Android applications that warn me when i go over the speed limit more than 1 km/h. Yes, just one. I don’t want to comment about how the government is trying to justify speed cameras save lives when our toll road goes up every year despite record number of fines given and speed cameras on the road.

Anyway, I decided to mount a SpeedoHealer to my bike as the speedometer reading showed me doing about 7% more than I was actually doing. It’s ok at 100Km/h but when you have speed limits ranging from 40 to 110 km/h it’s hard to keep track.

I got one from eBay, new. Price wise, $136 delivered. Here is the listing.

Going through post after post on the internet on how to do it and where to find the cable, didn’t yield much information. All the posts and pictures took me to pre 2012 models only. So much so that for the first 30 minutes, I was searching for the wrong cable and on the wrong side of the bike.

All right, I hope someone will find some useful information in this post on how to install it.

First, find the speedometer cable. It’s one of those which sticks out of the gearbox. It’s not white/transparent as it was pre 2012 V-Strom, it is black, on both ends.

Find the cable on the left side of the bike.
Find the cable on the left side of the bike.

 

Unclip the cable. It’s not hard and should only take seconds. You also don’t need to use any special tools or screwdriver although, I think would be a bit easier. Just lift the small clip and pull them apart (on the bike) as shown below.

SpeedoHealer clip
Lift the small clip (on the one that’s clipped on the bike) and pull them apart. I used this SpeedoHealer clip to show how to undo the motorcycle clip. They are the same.

 

Install the harness that came with your Speedo Healer and you should end up with something that looks like this.

SpeedoHealer mounted on bike
End result with SpeedoHealer cable mounted

 

From there on, it’s simple. Just find a place where you want the SpeedoHealer to sit and it’s all done. I have tried different setups with mine and I have settled for this one. Don’t forget to configure it before going anywhere with the bike or it won’t have any effect on your speedometer and will be just like before.

 

SpeedoHealer
SpeedoHealer mounted on my V-Strom after trying different positions.

 

The setup part was really easy (admittedly after scratching my head few times). It’s easy to use their calculator to set it up without any headaches. See the link here.

I have tried different variables on my short trips to work ranging from – 7% to – 7.7%. I’m settled now to -7.6% although it’s still 0.05% off. I think a – 7.55% (+/- 0.02%) would have been better. Anyway, at 100 KM/H on the board, the GPS shows 100 KM/H, at 110 KM/H, the GPS is undecided between 110 and 111. I might tune it down to -7.5%. Will see.

Happiness rating: Very happy !

Time spend mounting: 45 minutes (had to figure out where to find the speedometer cable and how to undo the clip)

Cost: $134

Happy days.