Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
If a speedo is off it could land you a ticket, or put you in the bad graces of a Peterbilt behind you that is trying to do 75 in a 75.
If your ammeter is wrong you could be on the verge of electrical meltdown with no clue.
Oil pressure gauge looks good while the pump is failing? There goes a few grand in motor rebuild.
I can't understand why we put up with gauges lying. I'd rather have old school no gauge than pay for something that gives bad info.
It's Pavlovian in Americans anyway to be forgiving of fuel gauges that are all over the map. Car companies told us for decades the favor they were doing us making sure we had a "few" gallons left when we started bumping up against E. Before the advent of data point collection systems when it was a float on a wire hanger doing the reporting I could understand the inconsistencies but it's become gospel that fuel information is supposed to skew on the side of having all kinds of spare gas. If that malarkey weren't bad enough here we are making excuses for a manufacturers failure to deliver and not only excusing that kind of shoddy workmanship but defending it.
I call BS. I'm a big boy and can do my own math. I sure don't want or need Victory or Ford to babysit my fuel fill up habits. As far as protecting the pump, bigger snake oil salesmen than Victory have dragged out that old saw. If that pump is that dicey, what the bejeezus are they doing putting it in a gas tank? It needs its own little coolant jacket or at the very least it shouldn't be relying on continuous immersion in boom juice to keep it functional. Pop was born, just not yesterday. Look here Vic. Either give it to me straight or don't waste my time.
A product manufacturer should understand that the place not to screw the pooch is the user interface. If Victory can't engineer a solution to the relationship between a gauge the user reads and a tank that contains what is between the user and a walkabout, then they need new engineers not mumbo jumbo. I don't tell my customers that "close is good" or " that's just how it is". I tell them that if it meets spec but they are not happy then I will find out what it's going to take to meet expectation and will give them options, or if it doesn't meet spec, I'll fix it on my nickel. Period.
Maybe this is one of those " it would cost us an extra fifty dollars a unit to implement a programming algorithm to correct for typical tank profiles" to which Pop says "OK, tack 100 onto the price. I'm good with you boys making a half a yard extra for providing me accurate data instead of feeding me crap for chump change."
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry