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post #1 of 21 Old 10-17-2019, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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Instrument panel lighting

Hi all the experts.

I've done a few searches but haven't found anything so far on this topic.

But I'm a noob so it could be that.

So, I have a 2018. The one thing that annoys me a bit is the instrumentation, as in strong sunlight it's a bit hard to read.

Do options exist for brighter and/Or differently coloured lights to enhance visibility?

Thank you all.
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-17-2019, 05:34 PM
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It's LED instrument panel. The light comes from the LED display not necessarily from a "light bulb" illuminating the gauges. The only option is to paint the lower part of the windshield black to keep the gauges under a shade most of the time. Or somehow put the H2 SX TFT display (I don't think that's ever been done by anyone but theoretically it's possible).
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Electronic instrument panels (including the Ninja 1000's) are setup to communicate with their native ECU. As such, they are not interchangeable.

In the video below, a guy summarizes why the H2SX panel is not working on his N1K:

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post #4 of 21 Old 11-16-2019, 10:10 PM
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The best solution is to not be hung up on what youll see on the display. Its really common for new people to be hung up on rpm, shift points, and tachometer numbers. Dont do that. Most of the info we have isnt worth taking your eyes off the road to see.
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I don't know what some of you guys will think of this, but like I did with my 650 Ninja, I hated how sunlight made the screen so hard to see, so got some flat black spray paint and sprayed the inside of the windscreen. It looks professional due to how the paint disperses over the surface so smoothly, and it also makes the silver Ninja logo jump out against the black and looks pretty cool. For myself, it's not been an issue in terms of seeing what's ahead either.

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Hi all the experts.

I've done a few searches but haven't found anything so far on this topic.

But I'm a noob so it could be that.

So, I have a 2018. The one thing that annoys me a bit is the instrumentation, as in strong sunlight it's a bit hard to read.

Do options exist for brighter and/Or differently coloured lights to enhance visibility?

Thank you all.
I have a 2017 and feel your pain on this. If there was an easy fix Iíd do it, but as is I just glance down if I want info and if conditions are favorable I get the info, and if not I check later. Itís not ideal, but I love this bike so much otherwise I donít really worry about it. I put a dark-smoked windshield on mine and maybe it helps a little, but not much if so.
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I also feel your pain. After several Hondas with LCD screens clear back into the 90's that I never once remember having an issue reading, the Ninja series (2011, 2014, 2017) displays really suck under a few different lighting conditions. The gloss finish on the display cover is way too reflective (Honda's all had a flat dull finish) and the display itself is too dim. A tinted windscreen will help. Another thing I haven't seen mentioned is to put a dark sock over the oil reservoir. With front sun, I was getting a bright white reflection of the reservoir in the middle of the display. You can get elastic bands for that purpose because it also helps preserve the plastic used in the reservoir which tends to deteriorate from sunlight.
You could take RC's advice and just ignore the display. But I'm pretty sure he's the guy who once posted a picture of his hundred + speeding tickets and putting two and two together...
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Another thing I haven't seen mentioned is to put a dark sock over the oil reservoir. With front sun, I was getting a bright white reflection of the reservoir in the middle of the display.
That's an excellent observation and an easy fix, a perfect use for the lonely black sock in my top drawer.
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But I'm pretty sure he's the guy who once posted a picture of his hundred + speeding tickets and putting two and two together...
It's far from perfect but I find I look at my GPS more than my gauges. I trust it more than my speedo when I need to watch my speed.
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But I'm pretty sure he's the guy who once posted a picture of his hundred + speeding tickets and putting two and two together... [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
It's far from perfect but I find I look at my GPS more than my gauges. I trust it more than my speedo when I need to watch my speed.
Since I went to a 190/55 rear tire and the 16t sprocket my speedo is nearly accurate with the gps. Enough so that I don't worry with a gps unless I need directions.
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