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    Top Yoke Compass?

    I've seen a thermometer (made by Wunderlich?) for the top yoke of a BMW motorcycle. I have a pretty good idea what the ambient temperature is, but I sometimes want a slightly more accurate idea of which direction I'm heading than using the sun. . . .

    Has anyone seen a compass that can be mounted in the hole in the top yoke of an RT?

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    As a general rule, most compasses (compi?) don't like to work too well when in close proximity to a few hundred pounds of metal, not to mention being attached to them. Head to your local REI and buy yourself a basic hikers compass and toss it in your bag. Other good trick that I use when Mtn biking is to just wear it around your neck on the lanyard.. pull it and the map out when you need to do a location check.

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    You'll find a few compasses at http://www.riderwearhouse.com 'though I doubt any mount as you describe.
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    As long as you remain upright (or at least mostly) and are traveling Forward then you're headed in the right direction!
    What else is there to know?
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    Rocketman,

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    why use a compass when a big fancy GPS with auto-routing will do the same job for hundreds more? im confused, youre missing a huge gadget opportunity here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by username
    why use a compass when a big fancy GPS with auto-routing will do the same job for hundreds more? im confused, youre missing a huge gadget opportunity here!
    Right & don't get one of those $200.00 jobs go for the $1,500.00 job. That is the ticket I am tellin ya...

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    Quote Originally Posted by username
    why use a compass when a big fancy GPS with auto-routing will do the same job for hundreds more? im confused, youre missing a huge gadget opportunity here!
    I thought a compass was that thing that you used to draw circles. How can you tell where are you going.

    Actually I have a cheapie one that did not work too well in the tank bag. I would recommend Riderwearhouse cause if your compass doesn't work they have a good return policy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn
    I thought a compass was that thing that you used to draw circles. How can you tell where are you going.

    Actually I have a cheapie one that did not work too well in the tank bag. I would recommend Riderwearhouse cause if your compass doesn't work they have a good return policy.
    free shipping too.

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    How about just using the sun for directions?or how about asking the Son for directions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gambrinus
    As a general rule, most compasses (compi?) don't like to work too well when in close proximity to a few hundred pounds of metal, not to mention being attached to them. Head to your local REI and buy yourself a basic hikers compass and toss it in your bag. Other good trick that I use when Mtn biking is to just wear it around your neck on the lanyard.. pull it and the map out when you need to do a location check.

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    What he said. I've got a $10 compass that's survived the past 6 years of riding just fine. You can find them at any sporting good store or large department store (e.g. Kmart). I won't satisfy the gadget urge, but it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC 1923
    I've seen a thermometer (made by Wunderlich?) for the top yoke of a BMW motorcycle. I have a pretty good idea what the ambient temperature is, but I sometimes want a slightly more accurate idea of which direction I'm heading than using the sun. . . .

    Has anyone seen a compass that can be mounted in the hole in the top yoke of an RT?
    As others have said, a GPS works great. In reality, are you really going to need to read a compass while riding? You probably have a pretty good idea of your direction anyway.
    That being said, I use one of these little compass/thermometer keychain things from Coleman. $2.00!
    I just pull it out of my pocket and to check direction if necessary. Plus, it gives me a good idea of the temperature in my pocket.

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    Okay, okay. . . . so it was a dumb question. Sheesh.

    I remember walking through my dealer's parking lot oggling all the beemers and noticed a top yoke thermometer. It seemed like a cool accessory and thought to myself "that would be a great spot for a compass."

    Of course, it didn't occur to me that a compass should be level, and being magnetic in nature, far away from any steel. I'm a dork; what are you going to do?

    I generally don't need to know the direction, and do rely on the sun for directions (it's quite reliable). I really wanted it because it drives me crazy when I'm riding down a major north/south artery like the 101, heading directly into the morning sun. How can I be going east?

    I know freeways meander to accomodate topography, but I just wanted some gauge to let me know precisely which direction. I bought a cool one in Hawaii last year (where I rented a Road King and rode to Hana); I think I'll try tucking one into my map case and see if that works.

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