When I first got my cruiser in 1998, no one made a decent motorcycle clock, so I decided to make my own. Now there are more clocks on the market, but they are all still pretty expensive, and none have the removability feature of mine. So if you want to make your own cool motorcycle clock, read on:
It's based on a cool clock module from Brookstone. It's their part number 218354. Brookstone has stores in most large malls or you can order it off the web from www.brookstone.com. To mount it to the handlebars I chose a bracket designed to mount the "Cateye" brand of bicycle headlamp, which you can get in most large bicycle stores. The clock module sells for $15 and the bracket was about $4 if I recall, so your total cost for this clock should be around $20.
This is a shot from the Cateye website showing the bracket and part number.
Bracket & Spacer (H-24)
This bracket is designed so that the headlamp can be removed from the bicycle so it won't be stolen. This is great for our application too because it allows easy removal of the clock when you want to wash your bike or in heavy rain.
Note: This bracket is designed for 7/8" bars. To use it with 1" bars, you'll need to trim away part of the spacer. Start by cutting 1/3 of the spacer away. Save the piece. Try the fit with the 2/3 piece. If that fits you're done. If it's still too tight, then try the 1/3 piece. If that's too loose, then trim the 2/3 piece to somewhere between the two. I now have a bike that has 1" bars and the 2/3 piece worked for me.
I've provided some pictures below that show the clock mounted and how the bracket looks. The bracket comes in two pieces - one that attaches to the handle bars and the other side that attaches to the clock. The clock has a piece of sticky-back foam and the clock attaches to the bracket with this foam. It holds just fine (mine has been on the bike for since 1998). One thing you need to do: Notice on the picture of the bracket above that there is a small piece that slides back and forth (this is the release mechanism). If you stick the whole foam piece to the bracket it will prevent that piece from sliding. So using an xacto knife, cut the backing paper so that you can remove the upper half and leave the backing paper on the foam where it covers the sliding piece. Also be aware that the sliding piece and its little spring will fall right out until the clock is attached.
This is the mounting bracket stuck to the back of the clock module.
This is the lower half of the mounting bracket attached to the handle bar.
This is the mounted clock module. As you can see I chose to mount it near the
turn signal controls, but you can mount it where it makes sense on your bike.
Note: I've recently noticed someone is selling a commercial kit based on this clock module, probably with a different mounting bracket. Mine is not a copy of theirs - I did mine way before theirs was on the market.
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