Speedo no not the swim suit

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Jim C, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C Member

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    I found a nice looking mech. speedo from Amazon.com sold out of a cycle shop in AZ. It came with absolutely no instructions, not even a picture. It was pretty much self explanatory I hooked up the cable to the fitting marked L because I put the drive on the left fork leg. It ran backwards so I switched it to fitting marked R (go figure) and it works. Took it for a ride and I do like it. The bike is a pretty good runner 20 mph is very easy (the motor is not beating itself to death) I had it up to over 25 but as I have only ran maybe a tank of gas through it and didn't want to do a full tilt run yet. I do like the bike. I find it comfortable to ride. Clutch is still a bear & cold starting is (imhop) hard. I am running it a bit rich and will lean it out with my next gas can fill up. I am actually considering the build of another one. I would be going for the classic antique look and would probably do a full frame tear down. I think this motor is really OK I was naive in thinking this would be a turn key kit. On the next build I plan to work the motor a bit before just plunking it in and thinking it will be a go.

    Jim Cbrnot
     
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    Is there any adjustment for varying wheel sizes? If not, then how would you know if it's accurate with your specific bike? I ask because I wouldn't mind going analog with a nice chrome body on my cruiser.

    Thanks!
     
  3. Nougat

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    I'm willing to bet this speedo says "SPORTS" on it, and has crossed checkered flags on it? I think that's the only mechanical speedo anyone is selling anywhere.

    They sell different ones for different size wheels. The one I have is for 26-27". So, obviously not perfectly accurate, especially considering the needle tends to jump around a lot. But between that, and listening to my RPMs, and testing against a police radar trailer, I know where 20MPH is, and nothing else much matters to me.
     
  4. Jim C

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    Nougat is correct - that is the one - my needle is pretty stable so far anyway. I only want to ride 20 & have something in reserve. There is a big difference in engine feel & sounds from 20 to 25+
     
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    Just be aware that those speedos aren't super accurate, even if the needle isn't bouncy.
     

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