Need electrical analysis tools

Steven Bixby steven at
Mon Apr 12 18:50:18 PDT 2010

Funny enough, I was at Cal Sport Touring a few days ago looking at that 
very product.  CST is my "home base", and I was changing out some tires 
for my wife's Bandit 1250.   :) 

I'd really like to have ammeter info too, however, so I can evaluate 
what's going on with the system.   The Kisan ChargeGuard is probably 
pretty close to what I want, at a steep price and supposedly not very 
reliable over the long run.

Hmm... maybe its time to design my own.     Soon as I get my EE degree.  :)

Steve Northrop wrote:
> I have one on the GPZ and the KLR. Ambient temp is always good to know and 
> the voltmeter is priceless on the voltage sensitive GPZ.
> Steve in Western NY
> '96 GPZ1100
> '08 KLR 650
> '08 Tuono Factory
> "You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Steven Bixby" <steven at>
> To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at>
> Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 9:32 PM
> Subject: Need electrical analysis tools
>> Hi, all... this isn't strictly GPZ related, but....
>> I am looking for some kind of gauge-pack for automotive electrics that 
>> does more than just show red-yellow-green for voltage.
>> I have something annoying going on with my ST1300 where the battery 
>> appears to be losing charge quickly.  After 3-4 days of cool/cold nights 
>> and not running, I come out and it usually starts after a few seconds of 
>> cranking, but brings down the voltage far enough to reset the dash 
>> electronics - which only happens when the battery is low.   What I don't 
>> know is whether the alternator is dying, the battery is dying (only 15mo 
>> old, Yuasa), or I have some kind of short in the system.
>> With that (and other bikes' needs) in mind, I'm looking for something 
>> decent that I can put in-line with the battery that will indicate current 
>> movement (charging, discharging) and system voltage, and perhaps other 
>> useful things like coolant temp in degrees, or the like.  The 
>> current/voltage is my main need, though.    It should be waterproof enough 
>> to mount on a bike for an extended period, and it should be something I 
>> can reasonably move to another bike as needs be.
>> Anyone got any cool products in mind? 

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