Which way did they go?


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Which way did they go?

Postby LDodge » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:35 pm



Hi all --
I would like to put a compass somewhere visible on my dash but when I put one in the center, the speakers pulled at it from both sides telling me I was heading south no matter which way I turned (maybe not a bad idea knowing that old man winter is right around the corner :lol: ). Any one have any thoughts on how / where I can mount a compass on my '85 wing?
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Re: Which way did they go?

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:52 pm

Put a GPS on the bike, it also has a compass built in. 8-)
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Re: Which way did they go?

Postby bstig60 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:46 am

Yup, What he said....... I don't think you are going to have any luck finding a location on the bike to put a magnetic compass without interference from the speaker magnets. Best solution is a GPS. There are some inexpensive ones out there. I have a Garmin Etrex handheld that is designed for hiking. It is waterproof and has a built in compass. I use it on my dirt bike and ATV's with a handle bar mount. It has about 30 hours of battery life or you can use a charging cord plugged into a 12 volt power source.
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Re: Which way did they go?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:54 am

You might try an electronic compass. They often have a "calibration mode" where you set it to calibrate, then drive in circles a few times. It "learns" what magnetic flux to expect to see for given directions, even with nearby magnets/ferrous objects, and from that point on works correctly.

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Re: Which way did they go?

Postby bjatwood » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:15 pm

You can download a free Compass app for your Smartphone that even has a speedometer with it all in 1 app. Very handy, AND you can check to see how far "off" your speedometer is showing...my 98's was 2MPH fast compared to what I was really traveling at.

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Re: Which way did they go?

Postby LDodge » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:55 am

Thanks for the thoughts -- I never heard of an electronic compass; will have to look into one.
As for the GPS idea; I have one on my phone but can't see the screen when it is bright out, maybe there is a sun filter I can stick onto the phone to make it easier to see in daylight. :D
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Re: Which way did they go?

Postby Dogsled » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:18 pm

Basic GPS units are so cheap now that it's crazy not to have one......I use mine for the speedo cause it's easier to see. It's a cheap garmin. I leave it on the dash even when I go to the mall......they're so common nobody even wants to steal them anymore. AND, if you do need assistance it's right there. Also, never had a ZUMO, been thru rains and such and my NUVI never shut down.. Maybe the wing keeps it dry enough, but I thing the reason for a ZUMO is questionable. If you use your phone AND have a bluetooth hooked up to it forget this post.... there are cover like wearing a cap keeps the sun out of your eyes. The only true visible GPS Garmin ever made in anylight was the QUEST II, everything else is unworthy of being called a motorcycle GPS


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