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I am not sure if my trip meter is working properly. It seems to be calculating less miles than the odometer. Like if the odometer shows I have traveled 10 miles the trip meter will not show 10 miles, but it would show about half of the actual traveled distance. Does it calculate half the distance the odometer does? Is this how it's supposed to work?
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No, that would be crazy, lol. It's suppose to be in sync with the odometer.


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Hello all,

I am not sure if my trip meter is working properly. It seems to be calculating less miles than the odometer. Like if the odometer shows I have traveled 10 miles the trip meter will not show 10 miles, but it would show about half of the actual traveled distance. Does it calculate half the distance the odometer does? Is this how it's supposed to work?
One mile traveled is one mile traveled whether it is on the odometer or the trip meter. You may have a broken gear or a gear may be out of place inside the speedometer. Did the bike get dropped that you know of? Do you know which is accurate? Your choice is to take it all apart if you can (or even dare) to repair it, switch out your speedometer for another one or just use the most accurate meter for your calculations of fuel mileage, remaining miles left on your tank of fuel or following certain directions. Switching can be a future problem as you may only find ones that have higher mileage than your bike presently has and that may be a problem when you want to sell the bike. You may also get lucky and find one that has less mileage than your present unit which could be to your advantage. Maybe someone here has taken theirs apart before and can offer advice or had a similar experience and knows what the problem is. Good luck.

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Yea I thought it would be crazy too if it worked like that but it just happens to work like that (about half distance than on the odometer), I don't know why. But I am not worried about it because if i wanted to know the distance I have traveled I just have to do basic math with the odometer. But I just asked to see what suggestions I would get and of course got some helpful ones.
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And as far as I know the bike has never been dropped. Previous owner claimed that it was never dropped and there is no sign of that on the bike either. But I know the odometer is accurate because I have compared distance traveled on my GPS and they both match.
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The only thing I can think of is the tripometer gear may have a few teeth broke and it skips?


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If it is doing what you said, it is broken, and there is no way to fix it. You have to replace the whole thing. Wouldn't be worth it to me just for a trip meter. I have also found both the odometer and speedometer to be off compared to GPS. The speedometer is way off, almost 5 mph optimistic at an indicated 70 mph. Odometer is also off, but not by that much. I have never seen a speedometer on any vehicle that didn't show faster than you are really going, unless it has been regeared, or in the case of a motorcycle, a larger diameter front tire was used. The speedometer on my truck was way off, when I put bigger tires on the back, it is almost perfect now. This is such a common thing it has to be done on purpose.

Oh, and on those "certified" Harley-Davidson speedometers, they're off as well.

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The internals are all plastic gears and the teeth can easily become rounded and skip.......I am actually surprised this issue is not more common to be honest.

As mentioned, they are not repairable.

If it's any consolation to you...mine doesn't track either, but that is because of my widshield....it forces the clutch cable to rub the knob and roll it when I make left turns.
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Previously, I have thought with much dis-assembly/labor time, a little graphite or similar lube would avoid this problem.

After replacing a couple Speedo Cables, I replaced the whole Speedo unit.

...another factory spline-like issue ?

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And as far as I know the bike has never been dropped. Previous owner claimed that it was never dropped and there is no sign of that on the bike either. But I know the odometer is accurate because I have compared distance traveled on my GPS and they both match.
Wow! Be careful how loud you say that here because there are many that will argue that it can't be accurate and some others will argue that everything is inaccurate which makes me wonder what they used for comparison checking since there is nothing accurate to compare it to. lol It seems that you can not change the gears inside from what I am reading here but if you do obtain a second unit it may just be fun to open your old one to look it over yourself and find out what the problem is/was. Good luck.

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