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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 1:59 pm Thread Starter
 
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Question Expert advice on locating IceTracker sensor pls...

Bought Icetracker thermometer for winter riding from RiderWarehouse in Minn. Device has body that velcros to RS dash and a tiny sensor that must be placed ...1. free from direct sunlight, 2. rain, 3. wind. The examples include behind front bumper or void holding hing of front door.

It is not specifically for motorcycles. In fact it has an inside and outside setting...inside would be the device mechanism itself and the tiny sensor for outside temperature. Alarms light and sound for 5 minutes between -1 and +3 centigrade.

Problem is where to mount sensor for greatest accuracy. Can't find any place without direct sunlight/wind/rain all at the same time. Too many oil coolers, radiators, radiator hoses, headlights etc all of which generate heat...

Anyone find a perfect location for that tiny sensor? Thanks
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 2:24 pm
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Although I'd never ride to trust one of these, my best guess is somewhere as low as possible to monitor the ground air temperature like just inside the underbelly cover. Alternatively, mount it inside a short vertical piece of 1/2 inch plastic tube, open at the bottom.

Once you've hit the ice at bike speeds, I doubt it will have re-acted that quick, but if it tells you the outdoor temp is just above zero and you need to ride, then you'd be better riding the whole trip assuming ice anywhere, rather than trusting your life and the bike to a gizmo.

I've been thinking about this and if they were able to react quickly (which I think they can) and be weatherproof, I'd go for one of the infra red surface temperature thermometers with a built in laser sight. PS I'm not an expert.



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I must be on the short-bus...what is the point of this device in terms of "ice monitoring". You would have to be on the ice for it to actually track it right? I would like a temp temp guage on the bike which it does look pretty good as.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2005, 5:45 pm Thread Starter
 
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Understand ice cannot always be sited in time. My reason for installing a sensitive sensor away from sun and other heat sources is to be sure the temperature I am in is accurately being displayed.

I want to watch the temp fall so I can get off (the bike) before I do (fall).

Mounted thermometers in the sunshine have no accuracy. This little device is really sensitive and accurate...now if I can just find the right spot to mount it...the tube idea sounds about right...thanks...
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Ice in Ocala?

Popeye... How many below freezing days are you getting in Ocala?
Swannee River Parkway icing over?
I would think all those catfish in the old Silver Springs would belly up if you ever really put more than a few below freezing days together?
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Popeye... How many below freezing days are you getting in Ocala?
Swannee River Parkway icing over?
I would think all those catfish in the old Silver Springs would belly up if you ever really put more than a few below freezing days together?
Never know when I'll get lost and just head north by accident...
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Problem is where to mount sensor for greatest accuracy. Can't find any place without direct sunlight/wind/rain all at the same time. Too many oil coolers, radiators, radiator hoses, headlights etc all of which generate heat...

Anyone find a perfect location for that tiny sensor? Thanks
What about under the seat as far to the rear as possible? The only problem that
might occur is when the seat heater is on.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 2005, 11:54 pm
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I also have the iceTracker and I mounted the sensor under the dash. It is out of the direct sun and it works well. Temp seems to be right on. It is helpful to know what the temp is during a ride.

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I have a similar thermometer. I currently have it on my K1200S, but previously had it on my K1200RS. On both bikes I mounted the remote sensor inside the side fairing about 6" below the oil cooler and about 3" from the front edge. It is out of the sun and far enough from the engine to give an accurate reading WHEN MOVING. When stopped, heat from the engine will affect the reading. The rain has not bothered it.

I don't use the ice alert feature, only the thermometer itself. The unit is not waterproof so I sealed all the switches and cracks with silicon. Has been working fine for a number of years.

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The aerostich site says:
'allows the remote sensor to be positioned out in the windstream and away from direct sunligh'

Sounds like you want it where it can get wind on it, but not direct sunlight - the cowl would seem a good place for it!

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