Speedometer stop working

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Speedometer stop working

Post by wingnit » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:23 pm

I road with the local chapter this weekend and as I was riding I heard this loud winding noise that would come and go. Didn't know where it was coming from but it only happened when I was moving. Finally it stop making the noise and about 5 minutes later I noticed that the speedometer was not working. I figured the cable was giving out and that is what all the noise was. My question is replace the whole cable or is there a gear that needs to be changed? Also is this a major job and does the front nose need to be removed? :cry:

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Re: Speedometer stop working

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:53 am

Start by removing the cable from the spedo ,get the front wheel off the ground a little and turn the wheel.See if the cable turns.Then pull the cable from the "gearbox" on the axle, turn the wheel and look at the drive mechanism.This will tell what parts need to be serviced/replaced.
And no,you don't need to remove the faring to get to the spedo.

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Re: Speedometer stop working

Post by tech1 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:55 pm

check the drive ring it is has two tangs that engage the wheel and will bend back in turn inop speedo. Mine did.
You will have to remove the front wheel and remove the drive to check the tanged drive washer. I bought a new one before diagnoseing it so I had one on hand. BUT all I a had to do was rebend and shape the drive tangs and make sure it was free. and works good again.
Good luck

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