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Old 02-08-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
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Question Speedo- Who Needs It?

I've been riding nearly two weeks now with my speedo working only intermittantly. I haven't had time to bring it to Motorcycles Unlimited to check the problem, but I will when it's all prettied up (when I get it back).

I have enjoyed riding w/o regard to my speed. I've been a lisenced driver for about 20 years now, so I can usually guage my speed pretty accurately. Except for yesterday. Riding through the forest without a speedo was PERFECT! I rode in my comfort level and didn't worry about what the numbers said. Once, when it came back on and I realized I was riding much faster than I was comfortable, I got nervous. It's amazing how much I rely on my speed to tell me what I'm capable of...

Anybody else have speedo problems? And how did it effect your riding?
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:59 AM   #2
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I like to use my speedo on unfamiliar curves. Rule of thumb is I can take a curve twice as fast as the posted speed limit for that curve
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:08 AM   #3
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Hey girl the speedo drives in the front wheel go bad quite often, roung 1 up off ebay or whereever and I will put it in for free, or let me know and I will get 1 for U
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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I rode without tachometer and just listened to the engine for when to shift. Just got a speeding tix and the motorcycle cop asked how fast was I going. I told him that I didn't look and he told me that he was doing 90 and couldn't catch up with me until I exited. LOL
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Old 02-08-2009, 02:02 PM   #6
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what is this speedo you speak of squaddy? pics please hahahah i cut mine off my cluster too, only run tach & water temp. i also have noticed that when you arent concentrating on your cluster (on the street you tend to have to more or rack up a bunch of tickets) you pay more mind to you and the road and you will get in a more spirited rhythm
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Old 02-08-2009, 02:10 PM   #7
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The speedo is good on the street, as a rule of thumb (for me) 20+ mph corners I can usually double it and be well within my comfort level. Anything under 20 mph, I don't apply that rule. Go ride in the Texas Hill Country and you will see why. Anyways, at the track, I dont look @ the Speedo. The GI is all I look at but BigComfy says I shouldn't have time to look at it
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Old 02-08-2009, 02:21 PM   #8
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yeah my gsxr was so off on my guage from the gearing change I just go with traffic..
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:47 PM   #9
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haha.

my nova doesn't have a speedo.
i know 50mph is 2500rpm in 3rd.

make a 'data table' for what rpm = what speed.

on my zixxer; in 6th -
20mph=2krpm
30=3krmp
etc
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:14 PM   #10
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My had no speedo on my old Nighthawk when I changed out the front tire and broke the tab on the sensor. I went about 2 years without it, and you're right... it gives you a better sense of exactly where your comfort level is without the distraction of seeing your speed.
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:53 PM   #11
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RULE OF THUMB, if your passing everybody, you might want to slow down.
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haha.

my nova doesn't have a speedo.
i know 50mph is 2500rpm in 3rd.

make a 'data table' for what rpm = what speed.

on my zixxer; in 6th -
20mph=2krpm
30=3krmp
etc
Without a speedo I was comfortable at about 8000rpms in 6th, but once I saw my speed at that rpms I couldn't go that fast anymore.

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RULE OF THUMB, if your passing everybody, you might want to slow down.
Boo.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:34 PM   #14
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as long as the cops aren't chasing, 80 is an excellent speed.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:37 PM   #15
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as long as the cops aren't chasing, 80 is an excellent speed.
80 ? ttt thats like 40 on a bike
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Mine works but its in km/h so I usually disregard it anyway. I have found that the speed that feels normal to me is about 150% of the speed limit though so when I see the fuzz I have to do the math in my head and slow down.
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right...sv's redline at what? 10k?
so 8k would probably be a little quicker..?..
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the speedo on my trackbike is disconnected. I like it better that way.
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RULE OF THUMB, if your passing everybody, you might want to slow down.
I call BS.... go faster, go faster... but thats just me
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