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    Posted: 09 Sep 2016 at 11:06
Christmas is coming and whilst I am not planning to do anything in concrete, the instrument panel of my SP is so Eighties I find myself thinking whether alternatives might be money well spent. I like the info it provides, though (it also has clock and voltmetre), so any new setup should give me, whether in one cluster or in other ways, the same information (mph, revs, time, volts). I like chrome/aluminium, but obviously I would like to see everything.
So, I am sure many of you have "Specials" of some sort or other and have made "special arrangements" for their instruments?  
 
Come on, show me (and us) what you've got! ;)
 
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http://www.digital-speedos.co.uk/

http://www.smiths-instruments.co.uk/bikes


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I'm a fan of the Translogic dash.
 
This is the one fitted to my 916;
 
 
No clock though but easily rectified;
 
 
Easier to read when on the move than dials, but I've stuck with traditional instruments on the Guzzi as I don't think the above would really suit a 70's bike...
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Thanks RLO, beautiful links with a lot of info. Of course I am now assuming all instruments for modern bikes would not work on my pre-electronic one. 

Dukedesmo, may one ask how much your cost and if it was including the installation or you did it yourself? It's not really "Eighties" but it looks better than my "Miami Vice Era" rubber thing. 

More in general, how do people install all those round instruments? Do they have the "frame" around them made extra by an artisan? Absolutely love those Smiths classic, but then again they would have to be put in an aluminium or metal casing (with the ignition hole) that keeps them together, no? 

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Not so keen on telling the time but I love the flying carpet idea.
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Originally posted by Omobono Omobono wrote:

Dukedesmo, may one ask how much your cost and if it was including the installation or you did it yourself? It's not really "Eighties" but it looks better than my "Miami Vice Era" rubber thing. 
 
 
I can't remember the exact price, around £350/£400 I think but it was some years ago. I saw a newer one recently and they have changed the appearance slightly now, I would guess they have also gone up in price too?
 
I fitted it myself, actually not that hard, the biggest thing on a 916 and I would imagine a Guzzi too was the speedo as the original was cable driven and so has no wiring.
 
I fitted the sensor to the rear wheel to read the brake disc bolt heads - you then calibrate to suit the setup. Otherwise it's just connecting wiring to various signals and rev counter picks up from a coil signal wire.
 
Translogic (UK based) are also very helpful for installation tips and advice.
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Originally posted by theone&onlymin theone&onlymin wrote:

Not so keen on telling the time but I love the flying carpet idea.
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Got more carpets in the workshop than in the house, not actually made one fly yet though...  LOL 
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I thought Ken-GuzziBear had done something on non dig clocks.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ken-Guzzibear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2016 at 20:54
been on hols yeah looked into elektrikery clocks for me etb are top stuff then the sender from digital speedos that fits into speedo cable on gearbox then converts cable to digital not only can one stipulate the colour of faces but also colour of the needle, they will for a small fee customise the dial .... it means new , accurate instruments but not utterly ruining tho look of the bike.
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Would this be them..http://etbinstruments.com/



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their site has a fair amount of instruments going to fit a pair of the 80mm ones and I like the idea of a 100mm one for the V1000 I e-mailed the owner very very helpful and suggested a few ideas even offered to meke sure the speedo cable to digital converter that screws straight into the Guzzi gearbox these are available from digital speedos ...I am not a fan of the magnetic pulse pickups fitted to the wheels or discs ... a very cheap option is the bike speedo the wired ones from Lidl/Aldi work well as long as you dial them in and are spot on until one gets to +80mph .... the bike ones are under £10 work and have a clock as well as trip and some have air temp too, useful on cold mornings
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Love these (not all of them) 

http://www.etbinstruments.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=101&product_id=200


Now officially part of the "lottery win project..." 

By the by, I wonder whether there are still around producers giving you the nice, classic 80mm round instrument with the traditional, barreled km counter instead of the digital one... 

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Ii actually found one already Smile

both counter barreled 

Available also in magnolia (my absolute favourite) 

http://www.smiths-instruments.co.uk/classic



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The issues with the trad counters barrel ones are:-

Easy to alter
They will wear and break down, one thing that is a pain on the ITI instruments fitted to some EV's

You DO have to read and look hard as a lot of instruments I looked at were designed for cars, not as water resistant as bike ones.

I often do wonder if the OEM Guzzi stuff is actually bike specific as many of their instruments do mist up ! ....
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Originally posted by Ken-Guzzibear Ken-Guzzibear wrote:

I often do wonder if the OEM Guzzi stuff is actually bike specific as many of their instruments do mist up ! ....


It's a family thing, not just Guzzi: Aprilias can suffer too. :-(

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