WHAT IS IT? Modern four-stroke motocross bikes don’t
offer many opportunities for a racer to work on his bike
in the garage. Electronic ignitions, fuel injection, throttle
position sensors, launch control and programming tools
have taken the T-handles out of the hands of the shade-tree mechanic. But that doesn’t mean that you are free
from responsibility. Every rider needs to keep track of
how many hours he has on his engine, when he last
changed the oil, how long the valves last and if he ever
over-revved his fragile drivetrain. Works Connection’s
multi-function hour meter may not put the wrench back
in your hands, but it tells you when to seek competent
WHAT’S IT COST? $39.95 (hour meter with tach),
$14.95 (mounting bracket).
CONTACT? www.worksconnection.com or (530) 642-
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with Works Connection’s tach/hour meter.
(1) Hour meter. Every time the engine runs, the
Works Connection hour meter records total run-time. If
you put it on the day you buy the bike, it will be like the
odometer on a car. It can record up to 99,999 total hours,
which we are pretty sure you won’t get to.
( 2) Maintenance timer. The maintenance timer can
be reset to zero. It records how many hours the engine
has run since you last zeroed it (without affecting the
total run-time meter).
( 3) Tach. When the engine is running, the Works
Connection meter turns into a tachometer that displays
the current rpm. This has very little value to a racer—
since you aren’t going to look down on the back
straight—but it does help during the tuning process
when you need a steady rpm to set the electronics.
( 4) Max rpm. The Works Connection hour meter will
also record the max rpm your engine reached during the
last ride. Max rpm is displayed on the hour meter for 10
seconds after shutting the engine off (or forever if you
don’t ever turn your bike off). It records up to 19,999
( 5) Clock. We didn’t think that we really needed a
clock on our bike, but with our phones and watches in
the cabs of our trucks, the hour meter clock came in
handy. You can set it to a 12-hour or 24-hour mode.
( 6) Pulse Per Revolution (PPR). The Works
Connection hour meter comes set at 0.5 pulses per revolution, or PPR. You can change the PPR mode to 0.5, 1.0,
2.0 or 4.0 depending on your engine needs. Our meter
was showing a max rpm of 6200 rpm when we first rode
it. It turns out that the PPR was on the wrong number.
We reset the PPR to 0.5, and the max rpm was a more
accurate 12,000 rpm.
( 7) Changing settings. There is a small button
on the face of the hour meter that allows you to cycle
through the screens, and, if you hold the button down for
three seconds (in the clock, maintenance timer, rpm or
max rpm modes), you can reset the timer, clock or PPR.
( 8) Installation. The Works Connection hour meter
gets its power from the impulse of the spark plug. All
you have to do is wrap the hour meter’s single lead wire
around the spark plug wire or coil-in-cap spark plug cap.
( 9) Mounting. On bikes with a bolt on the front of
the gas tank, we ran Works Connection’s optional $14.95
aluminum mounting bracket. Works Connection even
offers one to mount the KTM version on the side of the
head tube. For any other mounting option, the meter
comes with two-sided tape.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints.
Not every bike owner needs an hour meter,
but if you care about such things,
this is one of the best.
WORKS CONNECTION TACH/HOUR METER
MXA TEAM TESTED