Gear identity switch


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Gear identity switch

Postby waterslider65 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:50 pm



Have any of you ever tried one of those gear identity switches on a Goldwing? If so does it work good? I should have asked if it was reliable? I don't remember the name or number, but the one I have reference to plugs into the wiring harness under the seat and works automatically. No wires to splice or cut. I've been thinking about purchasing one and wanted some input as to how functional they are?



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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:18 am

I don't have one,but would in a heartbeat if I had the cash laying around.Had the factory one on my 85 Aspy and missed it on the 1500(there was no plug & play one for an 89) and am still missing it on the 1800.Been on a lot of forums for a quite a few years and don't remember anybody saying they had any problems with them.GWRRA advertises one in WingWorld so they must be good right?
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby waterslider65 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:55 pm

The gear identity indicator I ordered was a Heal Tech Pro DS for a GL 1800 05-14. Look it up and give me your opinion of it. Looks real simple to hook up. Could fool me though :lol:

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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:46 pm

They were ridiculously priced for me, so I made my own. :)

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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby charliektm400exc » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:08 pm

WingAdmin. Now that I like, especially if the temperature was in C.

I'm with you, every time I look at the commercial gear indicators I think it's to much money for what they do.

Any chance it's something us home hobby people could build?

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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby CMReynolds1 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:32 pm

WingAdmin, will you share please? Pretty Please with lots of sugar on it!!!!
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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:41 am

I had it on my '85 GL1200 Aspencade..
Once I moved to a GL1500 I realized it wasn't necesary --
On the GL1800 I don't need it -- On my 850 I don't need one...
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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:14 am

charliektm400exc wrote:WingAdmin. Now that I like, especially if the temperature was in C.

I'm with you, every time I look at the commercial gear indicators I think it's to much money for what they do.

Any chance it's something us home hobby people could build?

Charlie


Pretty much no chance - I had to design my own circuit board, design and build the support circuitry, write all the software that runs on the small computer that operates it all, and then figure out how to put it on the bike and make it waterproof. It was a fairly major undertaking. You can see more on it here: viewtopic.php?t=10172

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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:54 am

Wingsconsin wrote:I had it on my '85 GL1200 Aspencade..
Once I moved to a GL1500 I realized it wasn't necesary --
On the GL1800 I don't need it -- On my 850 I don't need one...
Adapt --


No you're right nobody really needs one,but they are nice to have.You never,ever do a second gear start by accident?
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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:30 pm

Fatwing Chris wrote:
Wingsconsin wrote:I had it on my '85 GL1200 Aspencade..
Once I moved to a GL1500 I realized it wasn't necesary --
On the GL1800 I don't need it -- On my 850 I don't need one...
Adapt --


No you're right nobody really needs one,but they are nice to have.You never,ever do a second gear start by accident?


..2nd gear start ..? NO - not on my GS850GL nor the GL1500 I am replacing with my new-to-me GL1800.
The GL1800 I HAVE done a 2nd gear start once -- but I learned whet it felt like and make sure I get into 1st when I need to...Which on the 1800 isn't really a big deal... that bike could be 4 gears and it would be okay....
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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby Dark Angel » Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:46 pm

Why not just look at the tach and speedo. Once I taught my wife she can look over my shoulder and tell what gear we are in. 5th, speedo arm above tach. 4th both even, 3rd tach a bit above speedor, 2nd quite a bit higher than speedo. I rarely take off in first. If I see the green light it is right back up the 2nd for me.
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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby Easy rider » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:35 pm

On EU models with km/h speed scale :

More or less or very often (on local roads and in town) I drive arround 2000 rpm and I found the following :
2nd gear = 40 km/h, 3rd gear = 50 km/h, 4th gear = 60 km/h, 5th gear = orange indicator lamp.
So, if neccessary, arround 2000 rpm it is very easy to find out in what gear you are driving at the moment.

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Re: Gear identity switch

Postby TheWingNut » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:37 pm

I did install a gear identity switch on my 2006 GL1800 with the type that plugs in to the diagnostic port under the seat.

It does work, except for one not so small issue. It only displays the gear when the clutch is engaged. If you are sitting at a red light, it does not display the gear... only once you release the elver a bit will it display the gear.

So if you are looking to prevent starts from second gear, save your money. For a novelty, it does display the gear when you are moving.




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