I've been testing a Sportvue these past months for a review on my site.
Here's what I've found.
The install was much more simple than it looks. You just need to take your time and follow the instructions. The Sportvue site has pretty good information on the best places to hook it up to your bike. Among other things, you will need to mount the speed sensor to the rear tire and swing arm. This gives a pretty accurate speed reading as it doesn't matter if you change the gear ratio.
You'll need to permanently mount a clip to your visor. This will hold the removable heads up unit. After a few adjustments, the LCD screen is easily viewable in most lighting conditions. Bright sunlight is its only problem area, but I have only tried it using a tinted shield. The digits were still visible even in the bright sun through the tint, but not as crisp.
With the unit mounted on the shield, you can still move it up and down within its full range. The only problem is if you raise the visor too high, obviously you will no longer be able to see the display. You don't need to worry about the thing flying off. I can personally attest to speeds greatly exceeding the triple digit mark and the thing didn't budge.
Everything seems to work great, except I'm still having trouble calibrating the gear indicator. I've got it pretty close and for the most part it works great. There are still certain RPM ranges that seem to make the gear indicator display the wrong gear. I'm getting close and I think my next attempt at the learning procedure should do the trick.
The unit I have displays your speed, gear, RPM and a programmable shift indicator. The RPM appears as a bar across the top of the display. The shift indicators appear on the left and right. My unit also has a radar detector option, but I currently don't use a detector so I have yet to see how it works.
All in all it's a pretty cool system. If you can get passed the big heads up display unit sticking to your visor, I think that you'll find the unit is pretty useful for day to day riding. I found it nice to be able to keep my head up and view the screen rather than dip my head down to the gauges. I didn't look at it much during more spirited rides, but for around town and leisurely riding it's pretty handy. I find that I don't notice it much until I ride without it. It's pretty handy for looking at speed, but other than that I get most of the information I need about the bike, from the bike.
Last edited by Big Kahuna; 03-16-2006 at 12:28 AM.