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post #1 of 9 Old 11-22-2019, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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Inaccurate speedometer and fuel range indicator

My speedometer reads 5mph higher than actual gps speed. Is there By reason why this would happen and can it be fixed?

Also the mile range left indicator seems to be erratic and decreases by large amounts even though I'm driving conservatively. The bars at the bottom are totally inaccurate not being consistent with the number of miles left.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-22-2019, 09:44 AM
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Pretty much all the bikes do that from the factory. I can't remember a motorcycle I've ever owned that didn't read a higher speed from the factory.

You can install a speedo healer and then it can be programmed to make the speedo read correct.

The miles range, mine has been like that from the start but I always get at least 200 miles out of a tank.

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Mine was reading about 6.5% higher than actual. One of the speedometer healer options is the speedodrd from 12 o'clock labs. However they didn't list a plug and play option for the 2014+ DL1000. They have a universal model but that required cutting the factory speedometer wire. So, figured I'd just calculate true speed in my head as I go. That lasted for a while, until a long road trip, where I got sick and tired of devoting attention to estimating my true speed.

The installation was not very difficult. Although not much later 12 o'clock labs offered a special adapter at an additional cost (due to the connectors and one-off labor involved). They still don't list it on their website, but you can probably call them and ask if they still offer it.

I installed mine inside the dash by accessing the wires right before they go into the display (speedometer from display and power from accessory socket). The 12 o'clock labs adapter went there too, but they offered the plug and play connectors so the pink wire (or was it pink with a white stripe?) didn't have to be cut. I also found a pair of connectors under the tank on the right side of the bike near the ignition coils that could be used (one with the speedometer signal wire, the other with the switched power and ground) if you can find a source for the male / female connectors to build your own plug and play harness.

Anyway, search the forum for speedodrd or speed healer and you will find several threads with more details.
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I have the 12 o'clock labs on my 2014, when I got mine it was plug and play and it now matches my GPS exactly.

I never paid much attention to the range on my bike until a few months back, the range also matches my GPS exactly, every kilometer I got closer to my destination was matched by a kilometer less range.

That was over a mixture of high speed and low speed ridding, the bike did account for the differences very well.

I don't know if it was like that before I fitted the corrector and the PCFC but I now trust the range and no longer do the numbers in my head.

I wanted to test the range so on a recent ride I got to a zero range and I was able to get 19.5 liters in the tank, considering it's not a exact science that should mean I did have a few K's up my sleeve.

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My range is quite accurate. Its empty at -12 miles. So if you get close to zero miles you better find some gas soon.

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I solved that problem with a replacement dial plate that compensated for the error, I will try to find out the person who made it, that was about 5 years ago though
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A different dial plate isnít the answer as we have digital speedos.

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I got to -42km before bike died one time.
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The miles to empty is constantly recalculated based on recent / current riding style.

A better way to think of it is as miles to empty if you continue riding exactly the way you are riding when that particular data snapshot was taken.

Once it gets to " --" you better be near a gas station!
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