; The top-of-the-line sport quads are
pretty featured-filled these days. They
have electronic fuel injection, fully
adjustable suspension and powerful
engines. One thing they don’t have
(except the Yamaha Raptor 700 SE) is
a speedometer. Furthermore, about
the only instrumentation they do have
is a gear indicator and a couple of
warning lights. Cost factors and
weight savings are most likely the
reasoning behind this.
What if you could see a speedometer, odometer, water temperature, battery voltage and a lap timer all in one
lightweight, low-cost unit? With the
Striker dashboard from Trail Tech, you
can have that luxury and more. We
have been modifying our old Suzuki
LT-R450 lately because we are tired of
waiting for Suzuki to come out with a
new one, so we contacted Trail Tech
and ordered a variety of parts to help
us do just that.
The Striker is Trail Tech’s most
affordable device of this kind and
sells for $110. On the other end of the
scale, Trail Tech does offer the more
advanced Voyager system that features GPS tracking, mapping, speed,
distance, temp gauges and more for
$280. The Striker installs easily by
using the supplied plastic handlebar
mount, bolting it to a flat piece of
bodywork, or mounting it more permanently to a $60 Trail Tech aluminum dashboard or complete $120
handlebar-clamp cradle. The handle
bar-clamp product comes with a new
plastic pod that holds the stock gear
selector and warning lights. The handlebar mount we installed allows us
to also use larger 1 1⁄8-inch fat bars.
Trail Tech sells their own bar called X
bars, which sell for a reasonable $50.
Three different bends are available
for ATVs, as well as come in black, silver, blue and red colors.
To calculate the speed your quad is
traveling, you have to route a wire
down to the front spindle. Here, the
end of this wire gathers information
from a magnet that you install in
place of any single brake-rotor bolt.
As the magnetic bolt rotates by the
Trail Tech sensor, it sends a signal
through the wire and is routed back
to the unit. Water temps are gathered
via an inline coupler installed into
the radiator hose. The unit is pow-
ered by the quad’s 12-volt battery,
and the entire installation and setup
on our Suzuki LT-450 took under an
Not only is it fun to see how fast your
quad actually goes, any speedometer
is a helpful tool when working on your
quad’s gearing or checking the performance of any motor mods. If you
spend $3000–$4000 to get your motor
built up, you want to have proof that
it’s faster. You can check that by timing
The $110 Striker is Trail Tech’s lowest-cost, dash-mounted
computer. It gathers a ton of data, including speed, engine, air
temperature, battery voltage, distance traveled and much more.
We mounted the Trail Tech Striker computer using the $120 handlebar-clamp/dash-cradle combo. That clamp allows us to use 1 1⁄8-inch fat bars. Trail Tech sells the X
bars for only $50.
How fast can you go?
By the staff of Dirt Wheels