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post #1 of 13 Old 07-18-2019, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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How to Correct Odometer Reading?

No, I will not be sitting with my bike for 2 days with a drill.

I am surprised to find very little on the forums pertaining to correcting an odometer reading on the KLR. I assumed it would be a not uncommon issue for folks, but maybe I'm wrong. I lost my inner cable d/t a loose cable housing at the beginning of the 2nd half of a recent trip, and after ordering a new cable am now in need of a way to register quite a few miles on the odometer to bump it back up to the correct reading (specifically, 1,696 miles). I could find very little about whether this was even possible, much less the process. I found one person on the "other" forum talking about some ratcheting system for the number dials, but it made no sense to me.

Has anyone done this? Is it fairly easy to do? I am avoiding riding until I get the new cable on, and would like to put the correct reading on as soon as possible.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-19-2019, 08:00 AM
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I had that happen to me on my Goldwing. I never worried about it. Just mentally added the distance if I needed to. I kept a record of it and when I sold the bike I told the purchaser about the missing mileage. What he does down the road with it is up to him. I certainly would not have my bike laid up over it. I’m sure there are many bikes out there with the same scenario with less honest owners. Taking the odometer apart doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-19-2019, 09:19 AM
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A simple solution would be to take a old or a, speedo cable and carefully cut it at the bottom and put it on a drill and let it spin till you get what you want. ( let the drill cool off once in a wile )
I don't know if JC Whitney still sells a speedo cable repair kit. I used it 3 times on an 1991 Harley. It comes with just the inside cable, a long length of it and a couple of different ends and a one time use crimping thing.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-19-2019, 11:47 AM
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Any mechanical alterations to an odometer assembly may be illegal. Plus you run the risk of breaking the speedometer needle in your home garage. Then you will be worse off.

Install a 17 inch front wheel assy and calculate how many miles to ride to cause the odometer to catch up.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-19-2019, 02:01 PM
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It's not an alteration. Just a way to get back miles he wanted ( that's what he asked 4)
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-20-2019, 01:57 PM
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If one was to use a cordless drill with a set / lockable / banded trigger, one could track how many miles on 1 battery dis-charge. Then determine how many times till 1696 miles has been accumulated.

It may not be good to TOTALLY dis-charged the batteries and leave draining / dead overnight. Maybe do it during meal time, re-charge immediately.

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post #7 of 13 Old 07-24-2019, 09:45 AM
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This happened to me too. Installed a new cable, changed the oil and started new. It might be 500 off at the most.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-24-2019, 10:15 AM
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1700 miles isn't enough to worry about IMO. Adjust your oil change interval and move on.

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-25-2019, 06:25 AM
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1700 miles isn't enough to worry about IMO. Adjust your oil change interval and move on.

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I agree.

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-31-2019, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Fair enough. I don't mind keeping track of the service intervals, but what about my bragging rights?! In all seriousness, I tend to think that a forthright admission helps build ethos when going to sell a bike (whether that will ever come into play with this particular bike, who knows?).
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