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do you miss your old speedo?

no...I'm not talking about the one you wore as a kid on the beach at Impanema...

I'm talking an analog speedometer. To me, there is something about the relativity of the needle to the numbers on the gauge that is missing with a digital speedometer.

I had a honda with a digital speedo for a summer and felt the same way. Something about the gauge cluster was just.....off...for me.

Don't get me wrong I LOVE my V - and this in no way makes me think differently about buying it.

Anyone else feel this way?
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I prefer the needle to the numbers. My head does not work well with numbers (a dyslexic thing) and it takes me longer to look and register the digital speedo. With the traditional guage I hardly have to look away from the road to keep my eye on the speed, it just happens in peripheral vision.

I've found a site that does an app that converts a TomTom to a clock-face speedo (plus a whole lot of other dash board info) and I'm thinking of giving that a try.

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It took me a couple of years to get used to the digital speed read out. I am ok with it now.

The digital read out reminds me a police radar read out, ...which then reminds me to keep an eye out for speed traps, which then reminds me to keep my speed reasonable.

Win - Win situation
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I prefer a digital speedo, especially when on track. I can take a quick look down and see my corner speed and with a analog speedo I can't quickly do that as it takes to much focus.


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I prefer needles and dials, but the problem with lots of modern bikes that still have an analog speedo is the gradations are so tiny it's hard to register a value at a glance. Manufacturers don't help by including speed values that are beyond a bike's capability. Look down at a large set of digits and you know the value instantly.

As it is, I tend to look at the speed reading on my GPS which is much more accurate than the speedos on my Honda or Kawasaki.

Give me an analog speedo if you can make it legible.

On a related topic, definitely give me an analog rev counter.


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I still prefer to watch the needle sweep & the quick,mindless reference point
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Bones - What is the usual difference between the GPS indicated speed and the speedometer?

Doctor Shifty - I would LOVE to know what website that is - I've got an old TomTom I could try it on if it' the right model.


And I agree on the analog tach too - much better than digital.
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Bones - What is the usual difference between the GPS indicated speed and the speedometer?

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Stock gearing on the v is about 8% out on speedo, 100kph on speedo = 92kph GPS
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I know that on my V the GPS and the speedometer are only off a couple of MPH. When the bike reads 75mph the gps says 73mph. It's by far the most accurate speedo I've ever had on a bike.
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Bones - What is the usual difference between the GPS indicated speed and the speedometer?
It's off about 4 mph at 50 mph (i.e., 54 mph indicated on speedo = 50 mph by GPS). My Honda ST1300 is off a similar amount. Both of our Toyota cages are spot-on.

Car and Driver did a story on the error in car speedos. Apparently DOT regulations still allow for some defined level of error in speedos. All the BMW cars that C&D tested showed the maximum speed reading within the allowable margin of error, which in the view of the magazine was done intentionally to make BMW drivers believe they are going faster than they really are. Funny.


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No I dont miss my analog speedo as it was attached to a slow lump called a KLR 650. great bike for dual sporting, but for mainly street riding, not as much...the versys, still able to run the dirt roads I do, but soooooooo much better on the highway.
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My civic has it and the numbers are bright white with a bright blue background. I grew to love it because no only can I easily see, peripherally, what my speed is... The people in the damn car next to me car next to me can too. It's great


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My civic has it and the numbers are bright white with a bright blue background. I grew to love it because no only can I easily see, peripherally, what my speed is... The people in the damn car next to me car next to me can too. It's great
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My first digital speedo was on my VFR Vtec. Going back to a needle on my 12GS, well, it seemed so old fashioned. Another two bikes and then the Versys and I'm back to being happy. I really like the digital readout. It isn't enough to sway my next purchase, whatever that will be, but I do prefer my readout in numbers.

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Somehow I find the old-school two, round analog gauges next to each other to be the quintessential setup. Maybe it's because that was the norm when I first became interested in bikes. I don't mind our speedo, but it doesn't have the same feel to me.

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which in the view of the magazine was done intentionally to make BMW drivers believe they are going faster than they really are. Funny.
It is probably that plus they would think they are getting better mileage. It also would make the warranty and the free scheduled mainenance end that much sooner.


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It is probably that plus they would think they are getting better mileage. It also would make the warranty and the free scheduled mainenance end that much sooner.
Nope. If you check your mileage aginst the mileage markers on the side of the road, or a GPS, it is usually VERY accurate. But the speedo is not so accurate.

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Digital is faster and easier for me. Analog is cooler but not when I'm actually riding.
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At FIRST I was missing the analog, but now, as I'm used to the big digital readout, AND looking at my GPS speed, I'm used to and preferring the digital.

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