GI Pro Electronic Gear Indicator
WHY? Maybe I'm getting old--heck, some days I can't even remember what I had for breakfast! With all these gears at my disposal I sometimes find myself forgetting which one is currently moving me along. I know that the DL650 uses a gear position sensor and I've often thought that it would be a great idea to use it to provide a display to keep the rider informed of the current gear. The folks at Healtech Electronics (manufacturers of the SpeedoHealer) produce such a gadget, and when I saw it listed on the Adventure Motostuff site I decided to give it a try. I placed the order online--$142.49 plus shipping.
SERVICE. Pretty good. Immediately after placing the order I received an email confirmation and I received a shipping notification the next day. The shipment arrived at my door via USPS priority mail five days after placing the order.
INSTALLATION. Not for the faint of heart (or those with extra-large hands), but the average home mechanic should be able to handle this installation and I managed the process in about 20 minutes. The instructions included with the Suzuki-specific wiring harness were very detailed, but since they also covered the SV650 models they weren't totally clear. Follow these directions and you should be able to get it done:
1. Remove the seat and the side panel on the left (clutch) side of the bike. The instructions included with the kit say to remove lift and prop up the gas tank; don't bother--it's not necessary on the Wee-Strom.
2. Locate the gear position sensor connector; it's located on the left side of the bike, in front of the battery. The connector is off-white and has three wires: blue, pink and black/white. Here's a view from the top of the bike:
3. Be sure the ignition key is in the "off" position and disconnect the GPS sensor connector; I used a small screwdriver to lift up the retaining tab and pulled the two halves apart. You may need to remove one screw and loosen the side trim panel to get your hands on the connector. When it's disconnected, put the transmission in neutral and turn the ignition switch to "on"--the green neutral light should not be illuminated.
4. Determine where you want to locate the instrument; as you can see from the top pic, I chose to place it on the face of the tachometer so that it would be readily visible. Wherever you decide to mount the unit, clean the mounting area with an alcohol swab. Use the supplied Velcro strip to hold the instrument in place.
5. Route the wiring harness back to the GPS connector, being careful that it won't be placed in a bind when the handlebars are turned lock-to-lock. Connect the harness connectors to the corresponding connectors from the GPS harness then run the red power lead to connect to the positive (red) terminal of the battery.
6. Check the connectors and the entire wiring harness to see that it won't be crimped or bound, then use the included wiring ties to secure it to the bike's wiring harness. Check to see that the kickstand is up and that the engine stop switch is in the "run" position, then turn the ignition switch to the "on" position. The display should indicate the correct gear, with "0" being neutral.
7. Replace the seat and side panel, then take her for a spin. In the unlikely event that the instrument doesn't display properly refer to the instructions for the auto-learning procedure. You're done!
RESULTS. Great! The unit worked perfectly for me and displayed the correct gear with little or no lag. It's nice to know at all times what gear you're in and this unit is one of those things that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it. The good news is that the display is large and easy to read; the bad news is that the display is large and a bit awkward-looking perched on the front of the tachometer. By the way, it has an automatic brightness controller and the brightness level can be adjusted. I found that the unit worked well in all light conditions when left on the default settings, so I didn't mess with the adjustment.
Worth the money? Depends. It's not cheap, and it's not absolutely necessary. It is, however, a really nice addition; it was money well spent for me, but you may have other priorities for your farkel money.