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    R1200RT 'HUD' for speedometer

    Hi, folks. I have a 2015 R1200RT. I've asked about mirrors, now I have a more complicated question.

    The speedometer on the bike is set VERY low and is a little difficult to read at a glance besides. I've actually been using the speed indicator on the Nav VI instead, but even that takes longer than I'd like to read, at least in part because the numbers are pretty small for my old eyes.

    What I would love is something resembling a HUD display of some sort. I want to be able to tell my speed with little more than a glance, or not even a glance. Does anyone have any solutions to recommend?

    Maybe it's a learning function on the Nav VI -- maybe there's a setting to dramatically increase the size it displays the current speed, although it still involves taking my eyes down from the road. During Deer Hour, that could be fatal.

    Does anyone else feel the same way? Did you solve it?

    Thanks.

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    If you turn off the audio system, you can get the speed displayed in large numbers in the middle of the display. That might be a setting in the system for when the audio system is off (instead of seeing some sort of logo) but I don't remember exactly. I'm sure the manual has the details though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpl@showpage.org View Post

    Maybe it's a learning function on the Nav VI -- maybe there's a setting to dramatically increase the size it displays the current speed, although it still involves taking my eyes down from the road. During Deer Hour, that could be fatal.

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    You can set the Nav to only show your speed, giving you a large speedometer.

    When I'm riding I like to keep my eyes moving, looking ahead, checking the mirrors and glancing side to side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lirider View Post
    If you turn off the audio system, you can get the speed displayed in large numbers in the middle of the display. That might be a setting in the system for when the audio system is off (instead of seeing some sort of logo) but I don't remember exactly. I'm sure the manual has the details though.
    I've looked for this setting on my 2016 and haven't found it in the menus
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    Under the SETTINGS Menu, select User, then Background, then Speedo and you're done!
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    Instrument cluster

    While not relative to the size of the display, you are probably aware the instrument cluster can be tilted. Page 78 in my '15 RT manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpl@showpage.org View Post
    The speedometer on the bike is set VERY low and is a little difficult to read at a glance besides....
    I just rode a new R1200RS and found the tach hard to read in bright sunlight. I've decided to keep my '05 ST, where I can read the tach with my lower peripheral vision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    I just rode a new R1200RS and found the tach hard to read in bright sunlight. I've decided to keep my '05 ST, where I can read the tach with my lower peripheral vision.
    Riding a K75, R1150R VStrom, G310GS, etc I usually consider the tach by ear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    I just rode a new R1200RS and found the tach hard to read in bright sunlight.
    The first one we test rode the dash was very difficult to read. Both my wife and I mentioned this to the salesman and he just shrugged.
    After doing some reading, I found you can adjust the contrast.

    Even with this corrected the RS and R dash is poor.
    I wish it had a analog tach and digital speedometer instead of the digital tach and analog speedometer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Riding a K75, R1150R VStrom, G310GS, etc I usually consider the tach by ear.
    Same for me. When we switched to a boxer we had to recailbrate our K Bike ears.
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    Setting the display to show speed instead of "RT" (or nothing) is just a digital display of the, um, optimistic, value shown on the speedometer.

    On the other hand, setting your Nav to show speed gives the GPS speed which is very accurate, although since it's part of the My Motorcycle app it's is only available on '17 and later RTs and K16s although wethead GSs have had My Motorcycle since day 1.

    A true HUD involves some complex optics and mirrors so retrofitting one to a motorcycle (or your helmet) would be an exceptionally ambitious task, IMO.
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    Thanks, everyone.

    Lee -- I agree with you about eyes moving. However, I want them aimed at the road in general, not down a the dash, trying to read little numbers. If I had 35-year-old eyes instead of much older than that, it might not be the same problem. Ah, the fun of aging, a little good, a little bad.

    I'm going to check the Nav for the "bigger GPS speed" setting as well as the speed on the dash. I'll post a followup once I've figured out the solution.

    I still want my HUD though :-)

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