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    Problem is many people think that LCD screen is cars is a bad idea, if you let the arguments against bike computers take hold then they can easily be used against your car computers. LCD gauges are fine for 777's and space shuttles so why not a bike
    If they make helmets with speakers so they make riding jackets with heat and A/C? Hook up to the bike like an astronaut.

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    I like this idea. I am planning on getting a new 250 soon, and would like to do something similar once I am a good rider and am farmiliar with the bike.

    A few questions:
    What are you planning on doing regarding water-proofing/weather-proofing?
    What are you planning on doing regarding cooling the computer?
    If you are planning on replacing the stock instruments, will there be a problem in terms of service/record keeping because you would essentially be throwing out the stock tachomiter?
    Also, since you will have the LCD as your main instrument cluster, does that mean that you would need to wait for the PC to boot before the actual display shows up?

    Thanks, good luck, and I look forward to following your project closely.

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    Errr... almost 4 years with no updates. I think it's safe to say she's dead.
    Planning: Never ends!
    Parts: Strewn about the house...
    Install: Someday soon...

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    Fighter style MFD for motorcycle

    Yes it is looking good & fastest.
    A New Way to Buy New Cars.

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    Holy crap. There some serious "revive a dead thread" here. 4 years! That's hilarious.

    On another note, I'm actually doing something somewhat similar at the moment.
    A fair bit of cruising on the internets has left me with the belief that there is currently no pre-packaged way to feed data from the speedo/tach of a bike into the computer.

    So you're left with 2 options, put the display in front of the handlebars where it's more exposed to rain/sun, or put it where the gauges are and find another way of getting your vital driving data.

    I think I'm going with number 2 ATM. A simple helmet HUD will give me speed and rpm's, and I will re-located the odometer lcd and idiot lights to another part of the bike, freeing up the enviable real estate the gauges currently take up for a screen to do other computing tasks (on a bike, limited to mp3's, gps, some fusionbrain sensors, and a few other things when the bike is stopped)

    If anyone has found a way to feed speedo/tach data into a computer cost effectively, and a front end that will work, please let me know.


    And BTW, mbkowns... you're a tool. This forum is about making stuff work where it didn't work before. Building things that most people don't build. After spending a LOT of time looking at every single post in this forum that references any type of motorcycle computer, I think I've seen your name WAY too many times. Yes, we see your signature... we know you ride a bike... we understand you're bad like that. But drop the holier-than-thou bull****, you come off as a 14 year old trying to be a know-it-all and draw attention to his possessions, just to cover up some serious insecurities.

    If you don't like the idea, great, don't do it. But please zip your mouth and stop ****ting on threads where people are trying to create a genuine dialogue for the advancement of mobile pc's.

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    When I finally start with my project, I will most likely have a microsquirt FI installed first, so that should provide the computer with a tach signal at the least, and possibly some speed data as well (I will have to recheck the MS manual on that). If no speed signal from the MS is available, than a simple hall sensor (like the kind on Bike computers) would work and should be relatively simple to adapt to a computer through serial port or something of the sort. But, yes, you are right, this would be far from "pre-packaged", as you put it.

    Superbeast, are you refering to the veypor HUD, or is there something else out there now that I am not aware of?

    BTW, yea, i didn't look at the date of the thread when I responded to it. I just did a search before starting my own thread and this seemed relevant to what I wanted to do so I responded instead of starting a new thread. It's funny, people get biched out for not doing a search before starting a new thread, then they still get biched out even if they do a search. I guess when it comes to internet forums, the only constant is constant biching.

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    "I guess when it comes to internet forums, the only constant is constant biching."

    Hey there, I see you're new 'round these parts. To your right, you'll see the lolcats, who are quite fond of "eatin cheezburgrs from ur fridge" (or somesuch). On the left is the numa numa guy generally making a fool of himself, and a bit further on you'll find millions of people making fun of him, then proceeding to sing along as soon as they are alone at their computers.
    Looking down, you'll see the gonad squirrel humping your leg, legend says his arrival brings strife and lightning.
    If you look quickly, you'll see Rick Astley slowly walking over the horizon, perhaps to teach the hamsters a new dance with the help of the macaroni. If the star wars kid can learn it, why not the hamsters and the baby?
    Next up on our tour, you'll see a guy... seems fairly boring? Kick his dog and see what happens.
    Just around the corner here on the right is the house of the famous homestar runner, and... wait... it looks like strongbad is on the lawn, holding... a taser? Run college hippy, run like you've got common sense!

    Now we find ourselves back where we started, the land of the internet forum. Allow me to tell you how this usually works. You start off quite happy to find a forum about your topic of choice, and you start reading posts, only to realize that all the posts are carbon copies of each other. So you ask a question, only to have 6 million people point out that your post is a carbon copy of every post on the second page. After reading all the posts informing you of your stupidity, laziness, and "epic fail"-ness, you will notice a small odd button at the top. Increasing your browser zoom to read the 6pt font, you notice it says "search". Don't get too excited yet, you'll quickly realize that the very nature of user-generated information makes choosing search terms extremely difficult (a search on your motorcycle will needs terms like CBR600, CBR 600, 600 F4i, and "ma suppa-bikez!". Yes, people still spell that poorly, which is surprising once you meet the grammar nazi's). Finally, elated to find a few threads that answers your question, further inspection will reveal that 90% of the 'answers' are given by people who have no idea what they are talking about, but are more than happy to try and look like experts on tha intrawebz.

    This concludes our tour, we better depart in a hurry. Leroy Jenkins is outside, apparently he thinks all our tour bus are belong to him... and you never know when that guy is going to randomly charge.


    Wow... seriously, that was going to be a 2 sentence reply. Apparently my incredible procrastination skill has turned it into a tour of internet meme land. Sweet! I haven't had a good rant in a while. In before the lock.

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    Oh yeah, I was actually going to contribute a response as well.

    I'm currently going with the veypor unit. It's a shame that it's been discontinued with no replacement (spring 2007 my ***), it seems like a product that a LOT of people would buy for $150. If you find anything else in your travels, let me know.

    I looked at the megasquirt route, but it was just prohibitively expensive for my requirements. Depending on the bike, the hall sensor seems to be mandatory for speed integration. Formula SAE forums and university groups are a really good place to start if you're looking at getting into megasquirt. Those guys are freakin gods... with many years of experience behind them.

    Also, I ran into another wall with the megasquirt option. While it would allow me to get sensor data into the pc, there doesn't seem to be a decent front end solution for it. Obviously, you'll be able to see the data, but on a bike it's very important that the gauges are large and readable, with minimal clutter. I just couldn't find anything that would work for displaying mission critical data. What's your plan for this?

    Anyway, if you're serious about finding some solutions to some of these bikepc problems, I'd love to have a collaborative approach with someone who is traveling the same path. Drop me a PM if you're interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superbeast View Post
    "I guess when it comes to internet forums, the only constant is constant biching."

    Hey there, I see you're new 'round these parts. To your right, you'll see the lolcats, who are quite fond of "eatin cheezburgrs from ur fridge" (or somesuch). On the left is the numa numa guy generally making a fool of himself, and a bit further on you'll find millions of people making fun of him, then proceeding to sing along as soon as they are alone at their computers.
    Looking down, you'll see the gonad squirrel humping your leg, legend says his arrival brings strife and lightning.
    If you look quickly, you'll see Rick Astley slowly walking over the horizon, perhaps to teach the hamsters a new dance with the help of the macaroni. If the star wars kid can learn it, why not the hamsters and the baby?
    Next up on our tour, you'll see a guy... seems fairly boring? Kick his dog and see what happens.
    Just around the corner here on the right is the house of the famous homestar runner, and... wait... it looks like strongbad is on the lawn, holding... a taser? Run college hippy, run like you've got common sense!

    Now we find ourselves back where we started, the land of the internet forum. Allow me to tell you how this usually works. You start off quite happy to find a forum about your topic of choice, and you start reading posts, only to realize that all the posts are carbon copies of each other. So you ask a question, only to have 6 million people point out that your post is a carbon copy of every post on the second page. After reading all the posts informing you of your stupidity, laziness, and "epic fail"-ness, you will notice a small odd button at the top. Increasing your browser zoom to read the 6pt font, you notice it says "search". Don't get too excited yet, you'll quickly realize that the very nature of user-generated information makes choosing search terms extremely difficult (a search on your motorcycle will needs terms like CBR600, CBR 600, 600 F4i, and "ma suppa-bikez!". Yes, people still spell that poorly, which is surprising once you meet the grammar nazi's). Finally, elated to find a few threads that answers your question, further inspection will reveal that 90% of the 'answers' are given by people who have no idea what they are talking about, but are more than happy to try and look like experts on tha intrawebz.

    This concludes our tour, we better depart in a hurry. Leroy Jenkins is outside, apparently he thinks all our tour bus are belong to him... and you never know when that guy is going to randomly charge.


    Wow... seriously, that was going to be a 2 sentence reply. Apparently my incredible procrastination skill has turned it into a tour of internet meme land. Sweet! I haven't had a good rant in a while. In before the lock.
    Holy crapz man! Great post!! That is some seriously funny shiot right there!!1!

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    I haven't looked into the megasqurt software at all yet. I've mostly been consentrating on the hardware and just trying to see what it takes just to make it work. I sorta just assumed there was something good in terms of visualization software already available. I fgured the first thing someone would want to do is have a trick gauge panel, but maybe not. If nothing exists, i guess it might be time for me to brush up on my LabView skillz and make a half-assed attempt to make up something of my own.

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