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Old 10-15-2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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riding with dead speedo/odo....

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For about a month I was riding my Moto Guzzi V7R with a dead speedo/odo. It has been fixed under warranty and I am glad to have the information back.

What was interesting was the challenge of determining when to fill the tank by estimating my mileage. The bike does have a low fuel light though, and that helps except when 30 miles from a gas station. Fortunately I did not reach that putt putt -- dead engine no fuel state.

Estimating my speed was done mainly by matching to surrounding traffic. However the small block Guzzi with strong low RPM torque results in issues within school zones. Estimating that 20 MPH is difficult. I found I had to stay in first gear to avoid issues.

I also found myself taking some corners very fast, and really dipping the bike in second gear. Similarly, at high speeds I was running 5000-6000 rpm in fifth gear which resulted in above posted limits according to my buddy Ed trailing me on his big Ducati.

A benefit though to no speedo: more attention paid to scanning traffic than the speedo, and perhaps more tuned to engine rpm-gearing and sound of the bike.

Overall I am happy to have the sensor and gauge working again. I remember riding old dirt bikes that only had tachs---same with snowmobiles---and the seat of the pants judgements of actual speed.

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Old 10-15-2012, 09:49 AM   #2
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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No gas gauge. I have never had one.

Never had a gear indicator, either.

You people is spoiled.

I tend to set my hwy speed by my tach. It is esier to glance down and see my tach. 5500 = 75 MPH.
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No gas gauge. I have never had one.

Never had a gear indicator, either.

You people is spoiled.

I tend to set my hwy speed by my tach. It is esier to glance down and see my tach. 5500 = 75 MPH.
I'm at like 8,000 rpm at 75 mph

I always use the tach too, I used to put tape over the speedo. It's a distraction.
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You could've strapped a GPS to the bike somewhere. As long as you don't ride in the rain, you can get a cheapie car GPS that isn't weatherproof for motorcycle use. I did that for a 3sister ride and even got rained/hailed on for about 45min. No problem.

Either that, or get a bicycle computer. A lot of them use wireless sensors that make installation real easy. I've got one on every one of my push bikes, and wouldn't take much to slap one on a motorbike. Plus these you can calibrate to be far more precise than your stock speedo.
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I don't have a gas gauge at all - have to fill up before I hit 200 miles. I didn't have a speedo/odo for a long time, too, so I know how you feel, there. Now, I have a Vapor cluster and have to re-set the odo every time I fill up, so I don't really have an accurate odometer on my bike at all. The speedo works about 80% of the time.
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While both speedo/tach are working why not learn a few settings like 20mph school zone is xxxx rpm in 2nd gear, 35mph is xxxx rpm in 3rd etc. until you've memorized the important ones like 20, 35, 45, 55 and 70.
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All good comments and yes LDB that is exactly what I did. OBED and BEVO: thanks for a Monday belly laugh!!! I remember my old Honda S90 had a gear indicator though! Mostly I think those are pretty useless if one is focused on riding. A quirk that Luigi in Italy added to these bikes: air temperature in both F and C. But, if one lives where it freezes in the winter, that could be useful? I do like the clock though. I can't wait to ride after work this week: the weather is prime, and the bike is broken in and tuned up. It is time to explore the high end of the small block V-twin...ciao
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Then how do you know when you're not speeding?
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you're too slow to need one anyway
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I see what you did there
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