[OntVFR] Voltage monitoring

John Power jksp1944 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 14 18:30:58 EDT 2015

Hi Chris,
Thanks, it must have been yours I saw on the ride. Have been reading about the problem with VFRs on the Internet and it seems to be a defect in the manufacture. Surprised Honda has never worked out a fix for this.
When riding don't like to have things like this to worry about.
It seems to me that most of the problem is caused by faulty connectors that corrode or loosen up, 
this is the only thing that will cause meltdowns. Maybe I will hardwire the charging components to eliminate future poor connections.

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> On Sep 14, 2015, at 3:41 PM, cmpark at gmail.com wrote:
> I have an LED voltmeter on my bike, it may be the one you're referring to. 
> I didn't do the install, but can tell you that it's a relatively simple one... 
> Materials:
> - fuse block/busbar (for underseat connection to battery, should be waterproof but this isn't critical; mine isn't)
> - waterproof switch (I like the lighted one on my bike)
> - waterproof voltmeter with LED or backlit display
> - wire (red and black, ideally)
> Run‎ red wire from positive battery terminal to one side of fuseblock, run more red wire from the other side of the fuse block to one side of the switch (if it's backlit, polarity is important!). Run more red wire to your voltmeter. Poplarity matters here! Run black wire to the negative terminal on the battery. 
> Mounting depends on your preference. Mine is mounted to the fairing subframe on the left side of the bike, with a notch in the fairing to fit. 
> Sorry, I don't have any part numbers; check on the big list archives. 
> ChrisP in Kitchener
> From: John Power
> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 2:22 PM
> To: The Ontario VFR Club mailing list.
> Reply To: The Ontario VFR Club mailing list.
> Subject: Re: [OntVFR] speedo joint problem
> On the ride about a month ago one of the guys had mounted a system to monitor the charging system. Mine did a meltdown two weeks ago so would like to contact him to see how he did it.
> Would appreciate getting in touch with him. 
> Thanks,
> John Power
> Mississauga
> 647 886-3300
> jksp1944 at gmail.com
> Sent from my iPad
>> On Sep 14, 2015, at 11:38 AM, J Tam <jordantamlists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey Robyn, 
>>   Unless there was a serious 30 degree kink in the cable routing (not likely) or a severe lack of lube inside the cable housing (meaning check the housing for cracks), the  weak link is that white plastic drive.  When mine wore out the first time,  I used JB Weld Metallic Epoxy to "cast"  the void left behind from the consumed plastic.  I used a Dremel to rout out four keys and wrapped the rectangular cable End with two layers of Invisible Scotch Tape for a release agent.  The trick is to get the End centred exactly.  I'm trying to remember what i jigged to centre it, but it wasn't a difficult gig,  since i was on the road that same day.
>> In retrospect, I should have made a mold and made more.
>> Also, in retrospect,  I shoulda skipped the release agent.
>> /jordan
>>> On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 11:01 AM, Robyn B Landers <rblanders at uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
>>> On a trip to Quebec this past weekend, the speedo joint failed again
>>> on my '93 VFR.   This is the third one to fail.  Each one failed sooner
>>> than the one before.  Anybody else having this problem?  Is there
>>> something I don't know about for proper installation or adjustment
>>> or something to prevent early failure?
>>> Last time it happened I ordered two, and of course, I did not put
>>> the spare one in my travel kit.  Not much help on the shelf at home.
>>> It wasn't an in-stock part at any of the dealers I called on the
>>> trip (Kingston, Belleville, Ottawa, various in Quebec).
>>> I don't know how many series of VFR use this part.
>>> Obviously 1990-1993 and I expect 1994-1997 series; maybe more.
>>> Also don't know what other Honda models might use the same part.
>>> It's a little round white plastic doo-dad that fits in the
>>> speedometer cable pickup assembly down near the clutch slave
>>> cylinder at the countershaft sprocket.  Costs about $8.
>>> The symptom is that the speedometer needle starts to wiggle a bit
>>> instead of staying steady, and gradually registers a lower and
>>> lower speed, and wiggles worse, until eventually it just bounces
>>> around down near 20 to 40 km/h regardless of actual speed.
>>> The odometer and trip meter are also affected, so you have to
>>> gauge your speed by surrounding traffic and your combination
>>> of gear and tachometer.
>>> Robyn
>>> '93 VFR "Snow White"
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