Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific Northwet, WA, USA
Re: I love this board -- Speedo fluctuating wildly
Five and a half years later... A couple months ago, the speedometer started getting flaky again.
I was starting to think about replacing the bike. Maybe go back to a twin. I love the looks of the R1100/R1150RTs, but with growing arthritis in my hands (and carpal tunnel problems I just had fixed), I cannot ride a bike without cruise control. At least not for more than a few miles. So, I was thinking about an R1200RT, even though I'm not wild about the looks.
But... I took the K1200 into the shop last summer and it's now purring like a kitten, so I figured I'd keep it for a few more years. In fact, I was so happy with it, I decided to WASH it, which almost never happens. I even scrubbed all the spooge off the wheels and final drive.
Immediately thereafter, the speedo started flaking out again, but it would bounce around, not drop to zero and back up like before.
I thought I had messed up the sensor when I was cleaning back there.
Yesterday I got back on the bike for the first time in several months (being out of the country, then out of commission with the carpal tunnel surgery). I decided to check the wires. The wire had broken right next to the splice. I snipped off the previous splice and fixed it again. The big difference was this time, I took off the saddlebag and some more plastic to get go access to it, wrapped a bit of bare wire around the splice, and zip-tied it all back to the bike so it wasn't bouncing around as much.
If it breaks again, I'll cut both wires and do a better job with heat-shrink over the whole thing. But five and a half years out of the repair ain't bad, I don't think.
It's also time for a new battery. I've got eight years on this one and it was two years old when I bought it from Brian Ley (sanjaun2) here. Off to read the latest opinions.
Happy riding, all.
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