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post #1 of 16 Old 10-07-2004, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Sticky Speedo

Hey there. My 2004 litre Strom seems to have a sticky speedo pointer. When turning on the ignition, sometimes both pointers do their little dance and sometimes it's just the tach needle only. In those cases the speedo will not indicate speed until you have ridden maybe fifty feet and then it unsticks itself with a vengance. After that it works OK. The sticking is becoming more frequent.

Is this common? Sounds to me like a warranty replacement may be in order. Any feedback? Many thanks.

Jeff

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-08-2004, 10:35 AM
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Sticky Speedo.

Hi Jeff. If you go over to the DL650 General board you will find a message I posted there in August entitled "Tachometer wins the race", it's about halfway down the page and describes the exact same condition that you have. I've been waiting for someone else to reply there but haven't heard anything yet. My guess is that a number of V-Stroms do this but I happen to be one of those individuals that always has my eyes focused on those guages everytime I start the bike, so the once in a while that it does happen I notice it immediately. I think most riders are looking elsewhere when they start their bikes, which is probably why there is so little feedback on this, so I'm guessing this is pretty much normal.

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-08-2004, 07:05 PM
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Never noticed it on my '02, but I'll start watching. If it's an '04 I'd definitely be making a warranty claim before the warranty expires.

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post #4 of 16 Old 10-10-2004, 09:36 PM
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My '03 DL1000 has never done that. I'd try to have it addressed as a warranty issue, particularly since you state that the sticking is becoming more frequent.
post #5 of 16 Old 10-29-2004, 04:43 PM
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Sticky Speedo

Sorry... I've been away for a while and just noticed this thread.

All instrumentation on my DL650 went wacky after about 3000 miles and then, shortly thereafter, they all went dead. Tach and speedo indicated 0 all the time, the fuel gauge always indicated full and the temp guage indicated overheating. My dealer replaced the circuit board, under warranty, and all's well now.

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Hey Bob,

Thanks for your input. Did the instruments start going wacky a little at time or all at once?

Thanks again,

Jeff

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'72 CL-350 (on injured reserve list at this time)

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post #7 of 16 Old 11-15-2004, 09:12 AM
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Hi Jeff,

First the fuel indicator went then temp then speedo. The last thing to go was the tach.

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Just traded for an 03 1K & the only problem I have found is the tach sitcks. It looks like the neeedle is actually bent down & touching the face. The face also looks kinda melted? Maybe the heat? Will be calling the dealer for replacment tach cost. Any deals on OEM Parts out there.

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post #9 of 16 Old 05-06-2005, 08:32 PM
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Hey there -

Found this old thread and wanted to chime in. I noticed my tach needle stick about 1 in every 10 times. Either it won't go all the way around or not at all. Reads fine though.
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post #10 of 16 Old 05-08-2006, 11:39 PM
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Re: Sticky Speedo

Jeff,

Saw your quote in 2004, and my 04 DL650 is developing the same problem. How did you get yours fixed, and what did you/they do to fix it?

I am thinking about a warranty replacement for it. I also lost both low beams (headlight) due to a burnt headlight wire connector. The speedo wires surround this burnt connector (yet to determine whether this could be the cause), or whether it is a faulty instrument circuit board.

Since replacement, has it played up again?

Thanks.

Dave Moore.


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Hey there. My 2004 litre Strom seems to have a sticky speedo pointer. When turning on the ignition, sometimes both pointers do their little dance and sometimes it's just the tach needle only. In those cases the speedo will not indicate speed until you have ridden maybe fifty feet and then it unsticks itself with a vengance. After that it works OK. The sticking is becoming more frequent.

Is this common? Sounds to me like a warranty replacement may be in order. Any feedback? Many thanks.

Jeff
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