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Urban Guerilla
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I'm looking to maybe get a Drag Specialties mini-speedo instead of a Koso gauge (speedo is about $100 less). But it's a cruiser part, and all the sites I go to ask for the same specs on the drive ratio. I know this has to do with gear drives and such on choppers, etc. But what do I put in for a '98 Bandit with stock gearing?

Here is one of the links:

http://www.cyclepages.com/ProductGroupDisp.aspx?ProductGroupID=4001070

Maybe this is simpler than I am thinking and I am just too effin' tired, lol. Any help would be appreciated - I can do a mini-speedo (black face) and shift light and off I go.
 

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fotocycle said:
Possibly, but the mini-speedo is a lot nicer (found one with built-in idiot lights for $93), and a shift-light is $40 - the price of the Koso but with a shift light.

Besides, easy ain't fun :LolLolLolLol:
I dunno if I'd call mechanical drive "nicer".

Honestly, I'd call it shit. It's irregular, far from precise, and a waste of time.

Magnetic pickup is a LOT more efficient.

If you need an idiot light, you shouldn't be riding. ;) :D

PS: For what it's worth I had the same mini speedo/tach on my KZ. Lasted for a week before I resold them off to another person. The bulbs burnt out, the needle in one dropped and I had to take the damn gauge apart to fix it myself.... not worth it, and I wouldn't use them again.

There's a reason you can get them for next to nothing on ebay.
 

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Thanks for the review, they did seem mighty cheap but figured they just weren't popular or something. Only idiot light I actually want is the one for the oil pressure, it's not the most accurate warning but it's something. The rest I can live without.

OK, so I've ruled out the Sigma as it's not illuminated and I doubt it goes into triple digits, the mini-speedos aren't worth all the hassle.. so Koso and a shift light it is.
 

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fotocycle said:
Thanks for the review, they did seem mighty cheap but figured they just weren't popular or something. Only idiot light I actually want is the one for the oil pressure, it's not the most accurate warning but it's something. The rest I can live without.

OK, so I've ruled out the Sigma as it's not illuminated and I doubt it goes into triple digits, the mini-speedos aren't worth all the hassle.. so Koso and a shift light it is.
Why not get an Acewell?

I've had mine for about a year and love it.

You can get it with an oil pressure warning lamp too.
 

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I didn't know about the Acewells until I read about them in another thread, I am looking at all the models but I may not change out the gauges after all - the Demon fairing I bought is really getting on my nerves, lol (problem with the lights) - but after I put it where I wanted it, I don't think the bike looks so bad with the original instruments. And now I may just get another headlight altogther. I'll see what I do, but thanks all for the info.
 
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