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speedo/odometer

I rode my bike one day - everything's fine. I start it up the next day - and the speedometer/odometer/trip meter don't work.

The background light does work. And, as far as I can tell, every other electrical function on the bike is working perfectly.

Do I have a cable problem? An electrical problem? Or a mechanical problem?

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Sounds like a cable problem. I was out about a week or so ago, looked at my gauges rolling to a red light and my bloody speedo was sitting at "0"! So I got to where I was going to crash for the night, planning on dealing with it in the morning. Morning comes and in the daylight I see the bloody speedo cable on the ground below my bike! So I snaked it back up and reconnected it and it was fine! Luckily I only went 3 or 4 miles with it dragging under the bike :-). So if the light is working and the meters are not I'd bet it's the cable and not something electrical. Check the barrel screw under the speedo and the connection at the front brakes.


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X2 to a cable problem. At least that would be the first place to look.

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Sounds like a cable problem. I was out about a week or so ago, looked at my gauges rolling to a red light and my bloody speedo was sitting at "0"! So I got to where I was going to crash for the night, planning on dealing with it in the morning. Morning comes and in the daylight I see the bloody speedo cable on the ground below my bike! So I snaked it back up and reconnected it and it was fine! Luckily I only went 3 or 4 miles with it dragging under the bike :-). So if the light is working and the meters are not I'd bet it's the cable and not something electrical. Check the barrel screw under the speedo and the connection at the front brakes.
Hah,So I am not alone in the speedo cable dragging the ground,When I put mine back on I used a dab of non-permanent blue loctite on the barrel connector,To the OP it is more than likely a cable problem if not it would be the mechanical speedo or the speedo drive on the wheel.




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Sounds like a cable problem.... I see the bloody speedo cable on the ground below my bike!
The cable seems to be properly connected at the front brakes and at the barrel screw.

I couldn't find any loose electrical couplings anywhere under the seat.

Sounding more and more like a cable problem.

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Disconnect the cable from the back of the speedo and then spin the front wheel. If the cable isn't turning, it's probably broke down near the wheel.


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Well, the latest is this: the cable proved to be functioning properly. Apparently, there is a gear (or gears) inside the front wheel hub that has broken or is malfunctioning.

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I just replaced that gear. I had milked it for a while. It can get stuck and slip by the tab in the spedo drive unit. I cut a new clean edge to make it till I got a new one. It's a Very easy fix. Should take all about 15 min. Trickiest part is that frustrating c-clip you have to remove. You'll be able to tell if it's the gear on the wheel easy enough visually. Mine looked sort of chewed at the edge. There is a possibility the spedo unit is bad. Check it by disconnecting the cable from the back of the spedometer & leave the cable connected to drive unit. Use a small screwdriver or something that will fit & turn the tab in there. (Wheel removed of course) If the cable moves, that should be eliminated.
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My trip odometer hasnt worked since 1986. speedo and regular odometer work fine. My problem is inside the speedo itself.
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