BMW Luxury Touring Community banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
OK I am new to my 2000 K1200LT so if this question has been asked before......I'm sorry!

My 1200 is about 5-6MPH FAST is there a way to correct this problem?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
228 Posts
I like mine off 5 mph just fine...prolly saves on speeding tickets! :D
Though I have never had a speeding ticket over 30 years of ridding a bike.
Now cars are another story..lol.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
475 Posts
I checked mine against a roadside radar unit and going 40mph the radar said 36mph. That's about 10% slower than than speedo indicates. Seen other postings and that's about what others have also found.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
71 Posts
Most motorcycles are 10% slower than indicated. Just about every one I have owned, all of various MFG, have been this way.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,108 Posts
If you fix it, it's about 1 percent. Anyway mine went from 10 percent to 1 percent (or less) according to my GPS. I very much enjoy knowing exactly how fast I'm traveling.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,549 Posts
The only trick to moding your 00 spedo is to use a low wattage iron, 25 watts, with a fine tip.

The hardest part was taking all of the tupperware off to remove the instrument cluster. Not hard, just time consuming. But, it was well worth the time to be able to look at the speedo and nit to have to just deduct 10 mph or multiply the speed by .9

I still vividly recall thinking how quiet the LT was while my wife and I were testing on the interstate at 70 mph! I also was vaguely aware that the notmal traffic on that part of the interstate was going faster than usual?

Best from Tucson
Bob
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
322 Posts
I just got used to knowing if I want to go 65 then the speedo needs to say about 72, If I want to go 75 then I need a reading of about 83 ....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
85 Posts
pokeyjoe said:
OK I am new to my 2000 K1200LT so if this question has been asked before......I'm sorry!

My 1200 is about 5-6MPH FAST is there a way to correct this problem?
I installed a $20 sigma bicycle computer; cheap, super easy to install, and very accurate. Between that, my Android in its cradle (with Car Dashboard App open), and the Garmin in its cradle, I literally never look at the bike's speedo. Usually, the Car Dashboard App is my primary speedometer. Attached is a photo of the cradle for my "speedometer" phone.
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,549 Posts
We know that isn't a pix of a real LT Rick. The radio display isn't cloudy.

Best
Bob
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,876 Posts
Beemerick said:
I installed a $20 sigma bicycle computer; cheap, super easy to install, and very accurate.
I was thinking of doing that on my K1600. How did you get the calibration of the wheel? Did you use a wireless transponder?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
594 Posts
DanDiver said:
I was thinking of doing that on my K1600. How did you get the calibration of the wheel? Did you use a wireless transponder?
Easy. First position the tyre so the valve points directly towards ground. Make a mark beside the valve in the ground. Start to push the bike directly forward. Push bike coupple of tyre revs forward so that valve again points again directly down and make another mark. Now measure the distance between marks and divide by the revs you pushed the bike. naturally the more revs you push the bike, the smaller error.

Usually the wireless transponders with sigma do take error from the bike. Ones with cord are more reliable in bike-use.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
85 Posts
DanDiver said:
I was thinking of doing that on my K1600. How did you get the calibration of the wheel? Did you use a wireless transponder?
Dan, as our Finnish friend says, to get diameter of front wheel:
1) mark a long straight chalk line on the driveway
2) line the front wheel up with one end of the chalk line
3) put chalk mark on front tire
4) push bike forward 3 revolutions
5) measure distance, convert to millimeters, divide by three (mine is set to 1845mm)

I used a standard wired transponder, and a rare earth magnet from Radio Shack with a dab of super glue on the rotor carrier. As you can see the Sigma also captures top speed... :)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Very nice! How did you attach the RAM mount? I would love to do this as well, but don't want to disassemble the radio head unit to do so...

Paul

Beemerick said:
I installed a $20 sigma bicycle computer; cheap, super easy to install, and very accurate. Between that, my Android in its cradle (with Car Dashboard App open), and the Garmin in its cradle, I literally never look at the bike's speedo. Usually, the Car Dashboard App is my primary speedometer. Attached is a photo of the cradle for my "speedometer" phone.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
85 Posts
Drakba said:
Very nice! How did you attach the RAM mount? I would love to do this as well, but don't want to disassemble the radio head unit to do so...

Paul
Paul, I did remove the stingray when I installed the mount, but it could be done without removing anything (except the little BMW emblem that used to be under the mount). If you feel up under the front of the stingray, you will feel the edge of where the radio guts start. As long as you don't drill thru there, you should be fine. The other issue though, may be getting power to the mount (if you need it). As you can see, I actually removed the factory stereo and use that space as a glove compartment and power source. Check out the custom purple sponge weatherproof gasket...
 

Attachments

1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top