Hit Hard

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Hit Hard

Post by Haggard Rider » Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:18 am

Last week when I was on a road trip. I unfortunately didn't see how bad a rural Illinois railway crossing was. My excuse was that it was raining and at night.

I hit very hard. Everything seems okay but my speedometer is not registering.

I am hoping for a quick start.

Where do you think I should look first.


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Re: Hit Hard

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:25 am

At the front wheel.Left side.either a spedo cable or sending unit if its electronic spedo.

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Re: Hit Hard

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:10 pm

It's a GL1500, so mechanical speedometer. I would look at the speedometer cable on the left side of the front wheel. It's possible the suspension moved hard, and with the hard hit, something broke in there. Try removing it and checking out the drive and the cable end. Follow the instructions on How to remove and replace your front wheel to gain access, then check the cable end and the drive:



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Re: Hit Hard

Post by littlebeaver » Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:35 pm

Broke it I bet, right in half... :shock: :shock:

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Re: Hit Hard

Post by tom84std » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:41 am

On both my 79 and my 84, the speedometer drive seemed to be a weak link. The cable on one bike, the gearbox on another. Like these guys said, time to take everything apart and inspect. A violent up-and-down movement is most likely to affect the cable or where it attaches to the gearbox, but it's a perfect time to remove, clean and lube everything. It's old and probably due anyhow.

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Re: Hit Hard

Post by Dogsled » Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:01 pm

Mine works and I never had to change it, I can't see why it would break on a hit but I don't know all the dynamics of the speedo cable. I've had my wing for 10 year with a working speedo and never used it.....I know all the issues about how many miles are on the enging thing but I go by riding season to change parts.....look at it this way, it'll never get anymore overall miles on it... :) Anyhow, I could never see my speedo and always relied on a GPS set on speed to tell my MPH. Now they even know when you're exceeding the limit and will switch back and forth if you're using it on a trip. You can use that at least til you get your part or figure out what went wrong. My bike isn't OEM perfect, I just fix it til I get something to work. good luck and I would make sure when i'm riding you don't feel anything strange in your grips. Front end damage is very dangerous. Ride safe

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