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post #1 of 21 Old 09-18-2013, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Miles vs Kilometers on your display

EDIT: Please don't send me any more datapoints. The 6 I have as of this writing showed exactly the same thing so I don't need to work though it anymore.


Can some of you with a 2012+ DL650 do me a favour? Next time you are at your bike can you look at the odometer reading in miles and then switch it to KM and look at that? Please record both readings and send to this thread?

If you don't know how here is how:

Bike needs to be on. Best to have it in neutral if sitting there. Put the display to total mileage. Then Press and hold the button to the top right of the tachometer until the display changes. Change it back by doing the same thing.

Here is why:

I recently went on a trip down to North Carolina. When I got to the USA I switched the speedo/odo display to imperial (miles.) When I got back I switched it back to Metric.

Some of you know I record my fuel mileage. I record my trip computer mileage, my odometer and cost of fuel and amount of fuel.

Last year when I went to the USA I noticed that a couple of readings seemed messed up on the spreadsheet. I thought that was a result of me recording things improperly.

With the last ride I noticed a similar thing and it happened at the time I switched to Miles and again when I switched back. I got to thinking about this last night and took a look at my odometer when I gassed up the bike. The reading for total mileage in KM was 72,462. The reading for miles was 45,289.

Here is the weird part:

45,289 miles is 72,885 km
72,462 km is 45,025 miles


These readings should match. I wonder if this is an issue with my bike or if the conversion is messed up for everyone?

Thanks!

..Tom

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 200,000+ km, 125,000 miles.

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Will check later. I keep the bike on US standards when I go to Canada, but switch the GPS to metric. That's because the GPS accounts for time zone changes based on location and the bike does not.

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I'm at 12,056mi or 19,289km.

12,056mi is 19,402km
19,289km is 11,986mi

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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It seems to be a common issue.

I'm at 25.719 miles or 41.150 km.

25.719 miles is 41.390 km.
41.150 km is 25.569 miles.

PS. V-Tom do you ever get off the bike :mrgreen:

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PS. V-Tom do you ever get off the bike :mrgreen:
I try not to!

..Tom

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Thanks for the numbers so far!

The conversion is basically the same in all cases but I'd like to see more numbers to compare. This is very early (based on three data points!) but it looks like Suzuki has used the wrong conversion factor.

The mileage recorded for KM is done at a lower rate than that done for Miles. It isn't a huge difference but means that mileage (based on KM) is .9942 that of the mileage recorded in miles, or you guys that use miles add miles at about 0.59% higher than I do. So when I hit 50,000 miles based on converting KM to miles I have only travelled 49,710 miles *if* the Miles reading is the correct one. If the KM reading is the correct one it means that you guys will be showing 50,293 when you have actually travelled 50,000 miles.

Not a big deal either way, but just enough to screw up a spreadsheet when recording mielage in both KM and Miles.

..Tom

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 200,000+ km, 125,000 miles.

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You might find the numbers at https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...012-dl650.html interesting.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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You might find the numbers at https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...012-dl650.html interesting.
Interesting stuff. I'd love to have more people compare miles as well to frim up the data. I expect there should be some variation depending on tire wear, tire type, tire pressure and load (what percentage I don't know!) You would expect the digital processing after that to be the same though. I think it is weird that Suzuki would not use a more precise conversion factor between metric and imperial though.

..Tom

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 200,000+ km, 125,000 miles.

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I'm at 8976 mi or 14362 km

8976 miles is 14445 km
14362 km is 8924 mi
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Wouldn't surprise me, NASA lost a Mars probe (I think) for an incorrect sign in programming...

Some junior software engineer at Suzuki who has never used the older units probably googled the conversion and got a dodgy website. So much advice on the internet that's worth what you pay for it....

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