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Speedometer Adjustment

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I'm new to riding in general and have a 2015 C50T. I've noticed that my speedometer tends to read out about 5MPH over the speed that I am actually traveling at. Is there a way to adjust this? Not sure if its just the angle I am viewing it from or what, but I'd like it to be an accurate reading instead of guesswork.

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Yes, the speedometer is in fact inaccurate. There is a product on the market called a speedo healer but it's very expensive and has limited functionality. The other option is to pull your speedometer apart, pull the needle off of the gauge cluster and advance it to 5 miles an hour and that way it will at least indicate your true speed. Otherwise you just have to live with the fact that it's an inaccurate speedometer.

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Yes, the speedometer is in fact inaccurate. There is a product on the market called a speedo healer but it's very expensive and has limited functionality. The other option is to pollear speedometer apart pull the needle off of the gauge cluster and advance it to 5 miles an hour and that way it will at least indicate your true speed. Otherwise you just have to live with the fact that it's an inaccurate spit all met her.
Thank you for the response. I will take a look at the assembly PDF's to see how difficult it may be to take this apart. If its a PITA I might just leave it be.

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I've owned four bikes and they've all been of about the same amount. I just don't look at the speedometer. Out of sight, out of mind. Right?
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I've owned four bikes and they've all been of about the same amount. I just don't look at the speedometer. Out of sight, out of mind. Right?
Makes sense. Typically I am riding with my club anyway so it doesn't really matter, more of an OCD thing when I drive past one of those digital MPH signs and see that I'm doing 5MPH less than I thought I was. I guess its better to be moving a bit slower than I thought rather than too fast? (depending on who you ask I guess )
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The speedo being 5-10% "optimistic" is pretty common on most motorcycles and has been for decades. Yamaha sportbikes are notorious for this, people call them dream-o-meters since they tell people their R6 does 185mph. My Valkyrie and TW200 are the same way. It's not an inherent inaccuracy, it's set that way deliberately. However, the odometers are very accurate, and calibrated differently than the speedometer even though they have the same signal. Essentially, the speedometer readout deliberately exaggerates a bit, while the odometer counts true. (it would be illegal for the mileage to run up faster than actual). I used a speedo-healer on my old Z1000 and found the factory error was about 7%, but I'd also lowered the gearing which made the error more like 13%. With a -13% input, the dash speed was bang on when compared to a GPS- but the odometer routinely read 10-12% less than everyone else's on group rides, and less than actual when compared to the same GPS.


I wouldn't mess around with trying to disassemble the speedo cluster. There is no adjustment or anything like that. If it really bothers you I'd get a Speedo Healer, although IMO they're pretty pricey for what they are. The other option (sometimes) is to get a slightly oversize front tire- go to the next profile up, if available. This slightly increases the circ. of the wheel, and can help pull the speedo a little closer to reality.
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Reading 5 over is called ticket insurance.
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On the highways, the speedometer on my C50 reads a reliable 6 mph faster than my actual speed as checked against my GPS.

So I just ride 6 mph faster than the speedometer indicates. If I wanna go 65mph, I just put the needle at 71. Done.
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I'm used to it by now.
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In all of the vehicles I own -- two bikes, two automobiles and a pickup truck -- the speedos run slightly faster than the GPS-checked speeds. An uncle of mine, now deceased, was a design engineer for GM. He once told me that speedometers were considered defective only if they indicated slower than actual speed, and that indications up to 10% faster than actual speed were considered accurate.
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A lot of these things are purposely jacked with.
Not too long ago I replaced the fuel pumps/filters/float in a Ford pickup's tank.
Looking at the mechanics of the gauge sender, there's about 15 increments on the board.
The first 5 are connected to the first trace on the board, which will cause it to read full.

So if you ever wondered why your vehicle reads full longer after a fillup.....

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