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  • offbeatmammal Posts: 55
    Box Hill, Vic
    Stock Poster offbeatmammal
    02 May 2019 11:49 AM
    A while ago I got a Bluetooth ODB-II adapter off Amazon and was using it my car with the Dash app to track various stats that I didn't really have any visibility in with the old Mustang. It got me wondering if there was anything similar for my Harley, but unlike cars which have all had ODB-II adapters since 1996 there's (of course) no standard for motorbikes. EFI Harleys do however have the diagnostic port that the technicians can use to read/reset codes etc, and of course Power Commanders etc plug into...

    Enter the smart folks behind the RPMitUp! app - They've put together a cable that goes from the 4 or 6 pin connector on the EFI Harley to a standard ODB-II adapter, so you can connect the cable, plug in your ODB-II adapter, fire up their app and get real-time stats from the bike - speed, RPMs, temperature, torque, HQ, l/100km, gear, acceleration etc.

    As well as the realtime display you can replay a ride on your phone, but more usefully upload it and look at the graphs on a pretty display.

    On my old '05 Low Rider it was a lot easier using my phone as the dashboard rather than glancing down at the tank mounted gauges, and while my new Street Bob has a neat digital dash it's neat to have the extra data at a glance (and be able to look back over a ride) and as I usually have my phone in the cradle for GPS and the bluetooth TPMS it doesn't take any more effort.

    It would be a neat project to build a new dash that incorporates this, the TPMS system and Waze all on one screen (as the tablet layout for the app supports split screen, it should be possible!)

    While I've not tried it, I've also found another solution with a small adapter than plugs into the 4/6 pin connector directly which saves having to find somewhere to run cables and put the larger ODB-II adapter but it's quite a bit more expensive than RPMitUp. Another option would also be the FuelPak3, but surprisingly that app doesn't seem as capable as the RPMitUp one for a dashboard/recorder (might have to save my pennies and try both of them out at some point...)






  • Ratbob Posts: 980
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    02 May 2019 09:11 PM
    Jeeze mate you’ve had a lot of readers but no responses. Gotta admit, it’s all very clever. Good on ya.
    Gotta admit, gotta phone, going riding? Turn the bugger off, in the pocket and on ya bike. 
    Is it running hot? Don’t care I checked the oil before I set off. Heat comes and goes. What gear’s it in? we’ll I know that instinctively. How much fuel is it using, WGAF, filled it up before I set off. I mean you may as well add how much rubber you’re burning. 
    Focus on the freedom and relating to what’s under you, not numbers in front of you. 
    Well, that’s how I feel. 
    Cheers mate.
  • Fat Tom Posts: 129
    WA Wheatbelt
    Stock Poster Fat Tom
    02 May 2019 09:49 PM
    I share Ratbobs take on this and please don't take this as anything personal but just my opinion, If I am riding I concentrate on riding,whether it is highway km's ,city bumper to bumper or idling at a set of traffic lights, anything else is an outright distraction, shit it is hard enough to stay alive on a bike as it is. Mobile phones and riding don't mix.I have personally gone through the phase of putting a Dakota digital gauge on my 06 Fatboy which gives me most of the info you discussed. Initially I thought it was all the go and "look what I can do" sort of stuff but do you want to know how often I look at that data a year or two on? never and no one I know is interested either
    Again just my opinion which on any particular day means absolutely nothing
  • Ratbob Posts: 980
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    02 May 2019 10:15 PM
    Every opinion’s valuable Fat Tom, adds to the mire (a complicated  situation from which it is difficult to extricate oneself) of our forums reality. Cheers. 
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2520
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    03 May 2019 07:54 AM
    you don't mix what works on cars, with MC's. need to keep it simple with MC's so can keep 100% of attention on the road!!
  • offbeatmammal Posts: 55
    Box Hill, Vic
    Stock Poster offbeatmammal
    03 May 2019 11:42 AM
    For me, it's less useful on the FXBB as the dash is easier to read than on my Low Rider (tank mounted gauges tended to fog up, and the sun angle often made them reflect). On the Low Rider having the speedo (and rpm) mounted high up on the bars was - for me - a good thing. The rest of the data is interesting to look at every now and then, but not really something I'm going to want to see all the time... in fact, my preference would be to have the lower half of the screen just show the Waze display as I'm still relatively new to the area so do need a GPS to get around (and the speed camera alerts are helpful!). The phone that I use on my handlebars isn't my 'regular' one, so I don't get calls/texts etc on it (just got a data sim in it, there is a messaging app but only contacts on that account are my wife and daughter and it's an 'emergency only' option if they need to get hold of me quicker than me checking my regular phone when I stop).
  • Ratbob Posts: 980
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    03 May 2019 01:10 PM
    Yeah I gotta admit, there are times I can’t read the speedo because of chrome glare. Don’t know how guys go on those CVO breakouts with the chrome finish tank. 
  • Moss Posts: 57
    Melbourne
    Stock Poster Moss
    08 May 2019 09:03 PM
    Quoting Ratbob on 03 May 2019 01:10 PM
    Yeah I gotta admit, there are times I can’t read the speedo because of chrome glare. Don’t know how guys go on those CVO breakouts with the chrome finish tank. 
    +1
  • Ken in Cairns Posts: 343
    Cairns FNQ
    Stage 1 Poster Ken in Cairns
    10 May 2019 11:23 PM
    Might be just the thing when you have tank bags on. 
  • Neale Posts: 381
    Richmond NSW
    Stage 1 Poster Neale
    18 May 2019 02:39 PM
    Nice.
    I'm sure someone will find it helpful.
    Thanks for the effort in posting.
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