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Speedo/odo accuracy?

Have you checked the accuracy of the speedometer and/or odometer on your Versys?

One of my first impressions on my 2011 Versys was that the speedometer was less optimistic than the speedometer on my 08 EX650. I also noticed that the odometer read a few % less over the same distance.

I expect both are more accurate on the Versys, but I wonder how accurate. Sure I could check. But easier to ask first

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With stock gearing 08-09 speedo is about 8% low. I believe the ODO is fairly accurate. I don't know if the 10-11 is the same. It was a common topic with the early Vs.

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With a gearing combination of stock front sprocket and a 43 tooth rear sprocket (08 Versys) the speedo is virtually spot-on when compared with my Garmin GPS. Haven't bothered yet to compare the odometer readings, but will one day.

Of course, no GPS is perfectly accurate either so who knows - absolute accuracy is a fleeting target.

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With stock gearing 08-09 speedo is about 8% low. I believe the ODO is fairly accurate. I don't know if the 10-11 is the same. It was a common topic with the early Vs.
Similar to what I thought for my EX650, but the Versys odo reads about 3% less, and I haven't yet checked the speedo. I guess I will...
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I always check the speedo against my GPS when I get a new bike or new tires. I've found tires (even labeled the same size) can make a 2-3 mph difference at 60 mph. FWIW my '08 with stock gearing and Pirelli Angel ST's is dead-nuts on at 60 according to my GPS.

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I think you'll find that ODOs are (by law!) correct, but speedos are optimistic. By my GPS about 6.5%.

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Mine is a 2011 model, changed to 44T, and recently used the GPS to compare speed. Didn't have sufficient roads/ traffic conditions to run a constant speed but I did notice that when I am 50kph indicated speed, GPS is showing 53kph.

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By law speedos have to be accurate too. I think the allowable error is 10%, I wouldn't want to know what the government calls inaccurate. 10% is a bit high by todays digital standards.
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I agree with you: we have two cars, and BOTH of them have speedos that are absolutely 'bang-on'!

Why are motorcycle speedos incorrect??? Don't know, but IF I can hazard a guess - it's to help people on bikes to stay BELOW the limit...?

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My 2011 is no more than 5% off 63mph on speedo, 60 mph on GPS. Of course, how accurate are GPS devices? Used the same GPS in my wife's car this week and it was about 5% off as well.
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2008 Versys displays ~7.6% too much. Got a speedohealer to fix that.

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You have to find out if this can give an accuracy in speed.

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Mine is a 2011 model, changed to 44T, and recently used the GPS to compare speed. Didn't have sufficient roads/ traffic conditions to run a constant speed but I did notice that when I am 50kph indicated speed, GPS is showing 53kph.
A correction to my statements. Got a longer ride time to observe. At 99kph indicated, it is 100kph on the GPS.

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This is the first bike I have had that reads even close to actual. My 2012 reads around 98 km for 100 km. The odometer is in direct relation to the speedo I'm a little confused on some previous posts.

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On my saddlesore 1000 ride, the Garmin Zumo 550 said 1136 miles, the bike odometer said 1098, and my friend's Harley said 1105. So everything is off a little I'm guessing. Oh, Microsoft streets and trips said it should have been 1115 miles.


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