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Rotbart
06-04-2013, 07:15 AM
I've been out on a couple of short rides, getting a feel for it and what not. At first I was convinced my speedometer is way off. It seems like I'm going a lot faster than the speedometer indicates, but I think the key word there is seems. When the speedometer shows 30 it feels like I'm doing 45 or 50, but the cars are zipping past me. I'm guessing this is because I don't have a cage surrounding me.

Another thing is it seems I have bike almost topped out, but again seems. With that being said, I think I'm shifting up way too soon. I did some googling, but everything I read relates shifting to speed and I thought it should be related to rpm's. Any advice on when to shift up?

junkyardjon
06-04-2013, 07:26 AM
Have someone in a car follow you to check your speeds. Every speedo is off but older bike ones can be way off lol
Shifting... No set rule. I short shift alot cause i don't need to whined the motor up everytime. Having more power always helps too lol. Shift when you feel like it and get to know the bike.

junkyardjon
06-04-2013, 07:28 AM
As for cars passing you... I go 65 in a 55 and it's like I'm standing still.
None of my bikes have a tac or speedo, i can tell by to sound of the bike or i go with the flow

Mudpuppy
06-04-2013, 11:31 AM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPK0WRhTWDc

http://www.tobefast.com/speedo-healer-m-4772.html

Gas Man
06-04-2013, 11:56 AM
Yeah I'd just have a car pace ya...I check my speedo with my GPS unit but I'm on a flying rocket ship couch.

RedneckMedic
06-04-2013, 01:46 PM
It could very well be your just not used to it. I know when i throw my tall shield on it feels like im sitting still but then I look and Im going way faster than i thought because the wind speedo is t there any more.

Bob
06-04-2013, 10:17 PM
Go as fast as you can past a cop and note your speedo the second the lights come on. Then ask him how fast you were going.

Rotbart
06-05-2013, 06:36 AM
I was out on the service drive last night keeping up with traffic and my speedo only showed 25 mph :wtf:. Also the speedo is cable driven, so the speedo-healer won't work. Thanks anyways, Mud.

Caveman
06-05-2013, 09:20 AM
If the speedo cable housing has been damaged or is bent at a funny angle any where the cable inside could be pinched and not transferring the correct revolutions to the speedo. If there are signs of damage, any whatsoever, I would replace the speedo cable. If no obvious signs of damage take off the front rim the speedo cable should be connected via a ring on the axle that has a key the mates to the rim, spins a gear attached to cable and then a square adapter that mates up to a square key hole in the back of the speedo. If any of those mechanical "Keys" are damaged could be cause for the erroneous input. If none of those are obviously damaged or worn then could be a speedo problem itself. those could get pricey, especially with an older model bike.

Gas Man
06-05-2013, 10:22 AM
I would tear into the system... could be the rim key, the cable, or the speedo itself.

Caveman
06-05-2013, 01:44 PM
I would tear into the system... could be the rim key, the cable, or the speedo itself.

Really??? thats what I just said you dingbat:fu2:

:lmao:

Mudpuppy
06-05-2013, 03:02 PM
Go as fast as you can past a cop and note your speedo the second the lights come on. Then ask him how fast you were going.

good call Bob

junkyardjon
06-05-2013, 07:09 PM
I was out on the service drive last night keeping up with traffic and my speedo only showed 25 mph :wtf:. Also the speedo is cable driven, so the speedo-healer won't work. Thanks anyways, Mud.
This is the info you should of included in the first post

Rotbart
06-05-2013, 08:53 PM
I inspected the cable. There is some damage to the outer casing. Then I took her out on Mound Rd. The speedo seems to work, just sluggishly. I was keeping up with traffic and eventually it read 50 mph. When I came to a stop it took a 3 or 4 seconds to drop to 0. I'll start looking for a replacement cable.

Caveman
06-06-2013, 09:36 AM
thats the way I would go and your problem should be fixed.

Mudpuppy
06-06-2013, 11:57 AM
I inspected the cable. There is some damage to the outer casing. Then I took her out on Mound Rd. The speedo seems to work, just sluggishly. I was keeping up with traffic and eventually it read 50 mph. When I came to a stop it took a 3 or 4 seconds to drop to 0. I'll start looking for a replacement cable.

or start looking for an R1

junkyardjon
06-06-2013, 12:04 PM
$3,000 will buy a 2000 r1, just saying.....

Hawgrider
06-06-2013, 02:15 PM
Ride by a speed trap trailer it will tell you how fast your doing. Don't over think shifting...... turn the freaking ear buds off and the boom box and let the motor tell you when to shift...... become one with the motorcycle...........


LUBE all your cables with Cable lube available at any MC shop

Rotbart
06-07-2013, 06:26 AM
I stopped by a shop on the way home from work (mostly because I wasn't ready for the ride to end) and ordered the cable. It should be in on Monday. I'm still shifting like I was, when it seems like the right time. And I found out how fast is fast, it's as fast as I want to be.

Gas Man
06-07-2013, 08:28 AM
Hell yeah man... twist it open!!

ChefC14
06-09-2013, 10:37 AM
Some might consider this fast
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd139/Chef109nnah00/Selfportrait2.jpg (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/Chef109nnah00/media/Selfportrait2.jpg.html)
but I say it's just time to shift to 4th gear.
A GPS is the best way to check your speed.
As far as when to shift, you can decide that by sound.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7i5sm2CPls

Gas Man
06-09-2013, 10:08 PM
That just looks like a good time.

Mudpuppy
06-10-2013, 02:38 PM
Some might consider this fast
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd139/Chef109nnah00/Selfportrait2.jpg (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/Chef109nnah00/media/Selfportrait2.jpg.html)
but I say it's just time to shift to 4th gear.
A GPS is the best way to check your speed.
As far as when to shift, you can decide that by sound.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7i5sm2CPls

depends on where you are - in a neighborhood that would be fast. on the track that would be called getting passed.

ChefC14
06-10-2013, 02:53 PM
Point taken Mudpuppy. I know I'm definitely NOT the fastest.

Mudpuppy
06-11-2013, 09:52 AM
Point taken Mudpuppy. I know I'm definitely NOT the fastest.

Unless your name is dunlop or mcguiness or rossi then none of us are. It cracks me up at the track. Always the tough guys who think they are the fastest. They bring their egos to the track and usually leave with their bike in pieces. I never try to be the fastest - there is no trophy, there is no on impressed - I ride within myself and I try to learn something new each time. The track affords the opportunity to ride in a more "relaxed" environment without cops or people on cell phones or other distractions or obstacles. So I just try to take advantage of it.

On about my 10th track day I felt pretty good. Riding advanced class which was mixed with the experts. There was some AMA racers there that day. 2nd session feeling really good just doing everything right felt like I was flying around the track. I take the last turn and I am blasting down the front straight at Gingerman. All of a sudden I hear what sounds like a swarm of angry hornets behind me getting louder and louder. 2 bikes completely scream by either side of me like I am standing still. I was immediately humbled once again.

ChefC14
06-12-2013, 08:40 AM
I'd love to get on a track to mess around. It would be great to be able to focus on riding fast and smooth and not have to worry about obstacles or cops.
Love your story.

Thruxtonbill
06-12-2013, 09:17 AM
I know I'm definitely NOT the fastest.

Maybe not, but you get around ok.

randysway223
06-12-2013, 11:54 AM
LOL! It looks like that speedo got stuck at 100mph. That's kinda amusing, he took the photo while stand still hahahahaha. I don't know, I always feel like on my bike I'm moving fast. I try to stay ahead of the flow of traffic by a little bit to avoid accidents/cagers.

Thruxtonbill
06-12-2013, 02:59 PM
LOL! It looks like that speedo got stuck at 100mph. That's kinda amusing, he took the photo while stand still hahahahaha.

Nope

Moesride
06-12-2013, 08:07 PM
Some might consider this fast
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd139/Chef109nnah00/Selfportrait2.jpg (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/Chef109nnah00/media/Selfportrait2.jpg.html)
but I say it's just time to shift to 4th gear.
A GPS is the best way to check your speed.
As far as when to shift, you can decide that by sound.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7i5sm2CPls

As for me, that's pretty fast Chef. On my style bike i'm comfortable between 75---90 mph. I'm just not into the whole going super fast thing..... Nice pic though with the reflection of you on the speedo....

Mudpuppy
06-13-2013, 10:01 AM
LOL! It looks like that speedo got stuck at 100mph. That's kinda amusing, he took the photo while stand still hahahahaha. I don't know, I always feel like on my bike I'm moving fast. I try to stay ahead of the flow of traffic by a little bit to avoid accidents/cagers.

Actually it indicates 105mph but speedo healer is not confirmed so can't say it is actual 105mph and not adjusted for windage