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post #1 of 17 Old 04-01-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting New KLR Product

The "HickeyCam" is a new product for riders of the KLR650 motorcycle and is soon to be offered for sale by Catalina Mobile Industries, LLC.

This product is scheduled to be made available to the public some time in the Summer of 2012. Joey Skaggs, the owner of Catalina Mobile Industries, is a long-time KLR rider and tasked his staff with developing this new product to serve fellow KLR afficionados. My brother-in-law is an engineer for CMI and when I was offered access to the system for beta testing and review, I jumped at the chance. CMI authorized me to release information about the system on this forum. I suppose they're using me as a marketer, but that's okay.

Christened the "HickeyCam" by Mr. Skaggs, this product is a kind of illuminated borescope/camera that offers a live view of the KLR650 engine counterbalancer components. Unlike other scope-type cameras, the HickeyCam offers the capability of viewing the "doohickey" while the engine is operating.

The camera, cables and dash-mounted monitor are all of military grade quality and the included installation instructions are excellent. Installation requires drilling a 5/8" hole in the left side engine case. You then install the micro-camera and a cable connects it to the dashboard monitor that boasts a 2"x3" weatherproof color display. The system is powered by a battery pack housed in the monitor and will operate for up to 250 hours on a charge.

Here is a shot of the connector on the engine case that hooks up to the camera:




The dashboard monitor. Note the clarity of the image:




The system is slated to retail for $299.95, which is a real bargain if you think about it. Imagine being able to monitor the condition of your doohickey and spring while you ride! Even for those who have upgraded their doohickey with aftermarket alternatives, it's still nice to see what's going on in there to make sure there are no problems arising that could result in significant damage to the engine should a component fail.

I think Mr. Skaggs should be commended to his dedication to the KLR650 community for developing this product.

Again, should be available for purchase some time this Summer.



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Keep your eyes on the road or the Doohicky? Glad to hear you are able to get back on the bike.
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Geez, for a minute I thought you'd found a new way of watching after teenage daughters. Maybe next time.

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indeed. that dashboard monitor sure looks like a phone resting on the windshield with a pic of a doohicky on it. but all in all thats not a bad idea. how about a window instead to look in?

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how about a window instead to look in?
I'll run that idea by my contacts at Catalina Mobile and see if it's something they could come up with. Lots of talent there: they can do just about anything.



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it seems to be an easy way to check the spring. just fabricate a plexiglass window or something comprable to it. they could even make a whole new cover with a window in it and sell them as an aftermarket bolt-on rather than sending in your cover to them...just a thought.

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A most appropriate thread for the first of April, planalp!
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That was pretty funny brother.




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