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Hello everyone, Im glad to find a forum where I can share my passion for my favorite bike, I used to have a classic 900lt wich was great but a couple months ago I found a 2011 1700cc VAQUERO & I just couldn't let it pass... everything is fine except for the fact that I recently notice that the odometer is running faster tan it should & so far ther's no warning or failure signes in the gauges or display, any info or coments are very welcome...
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Hello everyone, Im glad to find a forum where I can share my passion for my favorite bike, I used to have a classic 900lt wich was great but a couple months ago I found a 2011 1700cc VAQUERO & I just couldn't let it pass... everything is fine except for the fact that I recently notice that the odometer is running faster tan it should & so far ther's no warning or failure signes in the gauges or display, any info or coments are very welcome...
That seems to be a complaint from most, anywhere from 5 to 10% off. I've used my GPS to compare the speeds and found mine is off about 10% [speedo displays faster] on my Nomad above 40-45 MPH. I adjust for it in my head. Some have gone out and picked up a speedo healer. There are several threads on this & other forums. In a nut shell, it's normal for these bikes.


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Every bike I've owned read at least 5% high. My Voyager is off about 5% at highway speeds. Had a KLR250 that was off just shy of 20%. Thought I had the fastest 250 ever made right up until strapping the GPS on it. LOL 70mph indicated turned out to be a very underwhelming 57mph on GPS.
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All bikes since 19xx (dont remember the year) have the speedo display faster than actual speed. It a law in the US. Some bikes can correct this with different size tires than was sold with the bike new.


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I have a 2011 Nomad, and my speedo was 5% fast. I bought a Speedohealer to fix it. My friend has a 2014 Honda Valkyrie, and his speedo is dead on. There is no excuse for the speedo to be 5% off. None. It is a super simple fix. They should fix it.

Is the law really that the speedometer should be 5% fast? Can you forward a link to that law? I guess Honda is in trouble with their Valkyrie being dead on.

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All bikes since 19xx (dont remember the year) have the speedo display faster than actual speed. It a law in the US. Some bikes can correct this with different size tires than was sold with the bike new.
I would like a reference to that, too. 49 CFR 393.82 requires that buses, trucks and truck-tractors have speedometers that are within 10% (no mention of which direction) of actual speed. 49 CFR 571.123 specifies where a motorcycle speedometer must be located and when it must be illuminated. I can't find anything that requires this of cars or motorcycles and nothing that says that speedos must err on the high side. I have referenced the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) many times and have never seen this.

What I have found is that a lot of auto and motorcycle mfg err on the high side (if at all) so that they cannot be sued for causing a driver to believe that they are going slower than they actually are if there is an accident.

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If you mean speedometer, they are off, reading you are going faster than you really are. The Odometer however, the meter of miles traveled, should be accurate.

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If you mean speedometer, they are off, reading you are going faster than you really are. The Odometer however, the meter of miles traveled, should be accurate.


Well i guess if he's going Faster the mileage will be added Quicker..
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My Nomad speedo read high by 6.1% and I corrected it with a Speedo DRD. I didn't check the odo beforehand but now my odo reads about 6% low. So, this leads me to believe the odo was correct prior to the speedo correction. Strange!

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If i recall correctly around 2010 there was a class action lawsuit against Kawi due to odometers reading higher mileage then actual. I don't remember the outcome or which models.
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