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OK, I'm usually not a fan of electronics and kinda skeptical about GPS speedometers but for 35 Euro's I was willing to take a chance.

I got somewhat annoyed by the fact that my speedo gave less speed and kilometers than I actually did. It's because the speedo is made for a 16" front wheel of a BT. I have a 19" front wheel and it was about 4 or 5% off.

I made an extra ring (or bezel?) from a piece of aluminium because this one was only 85mm instead of the original one which was bigger. I replaced the highbeam light on the dashboard for the trip reset button since it has a highbeam and turn signal lights in it. You can see it lit up on the picture.

I works fine. Even in the garage it took only about 3 seconds to get a fix because it has an active GPS antenna. It came with a very simple instruction and every wire has a label on it. Can't go wrong. You can choose between yellow and red background lighting. Also available in MPH, and some have a built in tachometer. Got rid of that speedometer cable. I'm just wondering how long and íf it will survive the vibrations of a framemount EVO :-)

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I works fine. Even in the garage it took only about 3 seconds to get a fix because it has an active GPS antenna.
I'll be interested in your report of how it functions in inclement weather & heavy overcast, tunnels & mountains/forests, etc.

Is there any backup means of operating the Speedo/Odo - Like a wheel sensor input?


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I'll be interested in your report of how it functions in inclement weather & heavy overcast, tunnels & mountains/forests, etc.

Is there any backup means of operating the Speedo/Odo - Like a wheel sensor input?
I'm trying it out this weekend. Very curious myself
It is claimed that the device is IP67 waterproof and dustproof.

There is no wheel sensor or any other backup. It just has to rely on the GPS. So I'm wondering to what it does in a tunnel OTOH, a GPS navigation program on my phone keeps working in tunnels too. If not too long a tunnel I guess?

I'll keep you informed.

Here's one with the specs.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3295...RankId:1840675

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super +1 mr. relax
need to check with big brother also. it must have their blessing and approval number. POPO will not care and will act according.
GPS is like radar, sometimes a pigeon and sometimes a statue.
i was required to hold an endorsement from the coast guard certified in radar but the kicker is it is an "AID TO NAVIGATION ONLY" i cannot predict a course with it. radar will ghost on you and the antenna angle make a diff.
i have many times seen the gps put me where i could not even go.
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I can agree with you on navigation bustert, that's where my skepticism comes in. However things have changed a lot over years. I called it 'GPS' but there are more satelites these days than only GPS like GLONASS, Galileo en BeiDou. Using a combination of them might be more accurate than some years ago.

Here's a guy who built one in his car. Seems quite a stable reading. And that was 10 years ago:
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The GPS that's frequently on my bike shows speed as part of it's display. Only bad thing is that it lags behind the conventional speedo. It's always playing catch up.
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I live in France and imported my Harley from the UK. The speedo has both MPH and KPH but the KPH is the inner circle and is difficult to read. In sunlight it is virtually impossible. Unfortunately, French roads are littered with speed limits - 30kph outside schools, 50 in built up areas and 80 on all roads apart from dual carriageways which are 110. I used to spend a lot of time looking at my speedo!!! Then I bought a GPS speedo with a large green display. Its wonderful. It cost £14.88. Now I only have to glance down to check my speed. I can spend my time watching the road rather than looking at a speedo trying to figure how fast I'm going. Money well spent.
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I have a GPS Speedo app on my phone I use on my Sporty. Works great. As far as tunnels go, not much time spent in them. I can estimate speed when I need to. Spent many years on choppers with no speedo.
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Looks good. I have to get one for my VW trike as the small electric one has packed up and I'll look at one like that.
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yes, satellites play an important role. before i left the oilfield, they used satellites to control navigational lights instead of photo sensors and timing circuits which required the lights to be tied together in a master/slave configuration.
the issue i see is the legality of it. ignorance of the law is no excuse in the eyes of the upper forces. i know a guy that was putting two machines into one and was riding it in between and got a ticket for not having a speedo although he did have his cell taped to the upper tree.
that said, if here in the usa, if dot/epa was enforced totally, would have wayyy less riders on the road, self included.
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