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post #1 of 40 Old 03-16-2015, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Lies, lies, and damned lies!

Well, only 2 lies so far. I am about to take my new 2013 Glee in for its 600-mile checkup, and in those 600 miles I've noticed that the speedometer is wildly optimistic. Same situation as on my 2002 Triumph Sprint. Are all bikes that way? Is it some evil collaborative plot to con riders into believing they're not actually going fast?

The second lie is the stated mileage on the display. The bike says I've been getting ~57 mpg, but the gas pump/odometer/calculator say I've been getting closer to 47 mpg. Fairly big difference, it seems to me. Is this also common?

One more question: 47 mpg seems to be a bit low. Of course, this is a brand-new bike, and presumably everything is tight in the motor. Should I expect a mileage increase as it loosens up?
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I am more curious as to why you are wasting your money and time taking it to a dealer for a 600 mile service?
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I have found that my 2015 shows two miles per hour faster on the speedo than what I am really going using a GPS to check.

It also shows that the MPGs are lower than what I get when I use a calculator at the pump. So if it tells me I got 48 mpg, the calculator says I got 50 mpg.

As far as MPG, I have put over 1100 miles on the bike in the first two weeks of ownership. When I have the side bags on I get about 45mpg, bags off I have gotten as high as 55 mpg. Speed limit in Arizona is 75mph, so the mileage goes up quite a bit when I am taking it easy.

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Speedo's are optimistic by as much as 10%........think of it this way: might save you from getting a speeding ticket??

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Speedo's are optimistic by as much as 10%........think of it this way: might save you from getting a speeding ticket??
Then again, I know it's lying, so I overcompensate ...
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your mileage is backwards from mine. Let's say if mine says I'm getting around 50mpg, if I check it myself, I will get more like 53.
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Your mileage will improve as the bike breaks in.
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Figure around 8% optimistic on the speedo and 2% on the odo for Suzuki bikes in general. https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2...012-dl650.html

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...not just Suzuki. My Ducati and Honda both read high. In fact Ducati call it out at 7% high in the owners manual and state that it is for safety reasons.
My previous Harley speedo also read high.

It's a conspiracy!!

The next thing you know we'll find out that there was no moon landing.
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...not just Suzuki. My Ducati and Honda both read high. In fact Ducati call it out at 7% high in the owners manual and state that it is for safety reasons.
My previous Harley speedo also read high.

It's a conspiracy!!

The next thing you know we'll find out that there was no moon landing.

Say what? The Ducati manual says it's for safety reasons, really? Not saying I don't believe you...

DOT requires the odometer to read correctly but not the speedo. Typically the odo is directly driven but the speedo is magnetically sensed. So varying strengths of magnetic fields, pickup location, etc. will cause variations between the same model bike.

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