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post #1 of 19 Old 04-15-2014, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Question Analog vs Digital Speedometer on Wees

Hi All,

I was wondering if you guys had any thoughts one way or the other regarding the analog speedometer of the older weestroms versus the digital one on 2012+ models? The digitals look a bit odd to me and I wonder if they might be difficult to read if direct sunlight hits them, or if their reliability might be less than the analogs.

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I've had both. It took a short time to get used to the change, mostly because the tach is now on the left. I never came close to a problem reading the digital speedo except when wearing polarized sunglasses when working on the bike. I don't ride with them.

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The digital on the new 2012+ is great

Easy to read, no issues with sunlight, and even better at night.

I don't understand how reliability would be an issue, these have been on motorcycles for years, it just took awhile for Suzuki to finally get it onto the V-Stroms.

Most sportbikes have had the digital gauge for years, and they certainly go a bit faster than a V-Strom :mrgreen:
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I don't have a digital speedo (2011 DL650), and I'm glad. I don't like them. Digital readouts are more fatiguing than needles on a dial. It's the price paid for more precision. With a needle on a dial, a person can see at a glance, with very little thought, that they are within a narrow range of where they want to be. With digital, the rider has to focus enough to see and interpret the number to get the information they need.

Not something you'd notice on a short ride, but after many miles and hours, it is one more fatigue element.

Might not bother everybody, but it's not for me.

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What I don't like about the '12+ 650's....

though both speedos are inaccurate to begin with

the '12+ speedo gets the info off the countershaft as opposed to the front wheel. One less tooth in front amplifies the error. Now I see around 10% error.

I didn't experience any difficulty getting used to the digital readout though.
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I don't use the speedo anymore. I look at my GPS for accurate speed.
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Thanks for the input so far. I guess it sounds like the digital speedo does the job. My main concern would be visibility and reliability in terms of completely breaking and requiring replacement, but it sounds like neither are an issue to worry too much about.
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I don't use the speedo anymore. I look at my GPS for accurate speed.
That works. The bicycle speedo works for me.

By the way I went for a run yesterday....removed saddlebags, topped out around 9k at 107 mph actual. (14 tooth sprocket installed)
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I believe that the inaccuracy in the speedometers is in the electronic sensing device more than in the readout, whether its digital or analog. Personally, I don't have a problem with using a digital speedometer. No "interpreting" what it says. It's never in between any indicated speeds and you don't have to wonder if the needle is above or below a line. The digital number is what it is and nothing else. It may be inaccurate, but it is what it is. An analog presentation may require some interpretation as to what is it, though. However, in the final analysis, neither is an issue for me.

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In the beginning I spent more time looking at the digital readout, but now I glance at it like I do the strom. They both seem to belong where they are. At the right angle under the sun neither is very visible.
One thing I like is a gear indicator. I was on the freeway today and after 10 miles or so realized I never got out of fourth. Don't need or miss a 6th gear.

This brings up something with how one rides. I was used to riding my 650 like my old 83 R65LS. I used to keep the revs between 4 and 6 thousand rpm, now I like to keep them between 5 and 7 thousand. Get some!

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