In the never-ending quest to turn our baggers into our ideal touring machines, the one thing that often gets overlooked when it comes to customization is the part that sits directly in front of our faces on every ride: the gauges. Sure Harley’s stock gauges work fine and look good, but why not personalize the one part of your bike you often spend the most time looking at?
01. The Premium Bagger Gauges come with six gauges to replace your factory setup; however
While attending the V-Twin Dealer’s Show in Cincinnati, we came across Medallion Instrument Systems and were impressed with its array of gauge designs. Founded in 1967 and focusing its attention to serving the marine industry, the company soon became the gauge supplier for OEM customers in other industries as well. Medallion moved into the motorcycle industry as the OEM gauge supplier to Indian, Big Dog, and Boss Hoss. Then in 2009 the company jumped into the aftermarket side of the business supplying gauges for Harley-Davidson models. More specifically, Medallion seems to have its sights set on the bagger scene offering its complete set of Premium Bagger Gauges for a modest $795.99.
Medallion doesn’t offer completely custom, one-off gauges or color-matching within its Premium Bagger Gauge line as doing such would drastically affect its pricing. However, the company says it hasn’t ruled out the idea(s). Currently offering 12 distinct designs within the line, Medallion plans on releasing new styles and retiring older styles over time. Now we know what you’re probably thinking: “A complete set of custom gauges for about 800 bucks? These must just be remanufactured gauges with new dials/faces.” Not true, working out of its Spirit Lake, Michigan, facility, Medallion designs and manufacturers its factory-fresh replacement gauges built to the same standards as its gauges for its OEM customers.
03. Starting with the smaller gauges first, we unplugged the stock wiring harness from ea
Cruising through the Premium Bagger Gauges line on the Medallion website, we spotted its Classic gauges (PN 8960-00113-01) which feature lightly smoked red faces with rich red pinstripe accents and golden numbering. As soon as we saw the color combination, we thought it would look great against the inner fairing of our ’10 Black Denim Street Glide. B
Next, we crimped the two wires into the matching wires on the transition harness. We turned the power on and checked to make sure everything worked before re-installing the outer fairing. Everything worked perfectly.
04. The instructions say it’s easier to swap each gauge one by one, but we found it was e
05. With all the smaller gauges removed, we laid out the Medallion wire harness and place
06. Next as we installed each gauge, we lubed the rubber retaining sleeves with a light s