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post #1 of 14 Old 06-02-2013, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Speedometer vs Odometer

I know my Speedo has been off for awhile, somewhere between 3-5MPH. Yesterday on a group ride the leader said we at the 80 mile mark and my Odometer said 93. it got me to wondering why I had never thought of this before and is my Odometer off as well? Thoughts, opinions ideas?

good news would be my bike has a lot less miles on it!
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-02-2013, 09:10 AM
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Yup, I would guess that the odometer would be out as well since they are both driven from the speedo cable. It's curious though, why are motorcycles so far out with their speedometers? I've never had a bike that was accurate yet, even my oldwing is out about 5 or 6 kilometers and hour.
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My speedometer is off the standard amount but the odometer is bang on. Check it against a GPS.

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Lol, guess I guessed wrong .
I've never checked mine against a GPS, just assumed that they would both be out the same amount
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I have observed that most indicators on motorcycles (and cars/trucks as well) are significantly wrong: speed, distance, and on my Concours, miles per gallon, distance to empty, et al.

A few years back, Honda North America settled a class action complaint from car owners by extending the base warranty for an additional IIRC, 3,000 miles. My 2005 Accord was part of this settlement. It seems that the odometers were racking up distances significantly in excess of actual miles traveled. Hence, cars became out of warranty due to mileage sooner than they should have.

My wife's Ford Focus, my F-150, and my Corvette all register mpg readings on their respective on-board displays that are significantly greater than actual mpg as computed by dividing miles traveled by volume of fuel consumed.

I have become accustomed to it, and now just factor it in whenever I ride or drive.
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An interesting addition to this.... I have a Trailtech Voyager aftermarket cluster. It shows wheel speed/distance by both sensor and GPS.If you ride in hilly areas The GPS will show shorter distance than the sensor reading. The up and down slopes are longer than the same distance if it were flat. Doesn't seem like much but it adds up enough to make a significant difference on the odometer.
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Justjeff, that could be a problem in VT! The group I rode with yesterday was the VTBMW owners group. It kinda made me chuckle when one guy referred to the KLR as a "cult bike".


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[QUOTE=VtKLR;187985]Justjeff, that could be a problem in VT! The group I rode with yesterday was the VTBMW owners group. It kinda made me chuckle when one guy referred to the KLR as a "cult bike".

Well I never considered myself a cult member before but I'm OK with it.

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As a former BMW rider, I really kind of like that "cult" thing. I always though the Beemer boys were more into that, but since I've been on the Forum I can both see and like the reference. Gotta love our KLR's!
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KLR KultureKlub......rolls off the tongue easily but the acronym is inappropriate.

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