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    Speedometer Sticks

    On my XT225, it will continue to count the mileage like normal but the needle doesn't move. Reach down and "thump" the lens and the needle will pick up and start working correctly. This is a bit odd to me because it seems like if the needle isn't moving, the mile counter shouldn't be either but it never misses a beat. Anyone encounter anything like this? Other than the color of the background it looks pretty much the same as the TW so I figured maybe someone else here had run into this before
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    Mine gets stuck at 62 mph and won't go any higher.
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    I have never had this issue. Maybe there are 2 different gears, one for odometer and one for needle. Normally when they go they just go. My Radian went bye bye. I heard a noise the needle shot all the way up and snapped the inside part of the Speedo cable. I couldn't get into it but I know the gears hung up and stripped. I ordered another with as close to my mileage as I could find. May be time for a new speedometer (ebay). Check you cable first just to be sure.
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    I've had occasional weird issues like this with my DR 200, for years. For a while there, it seemed like the speedometer needle was on overdrive. I'd pin the throttle and be "going" like 95 (when I was actually doing probably 75), completely tapping out the speedometer lol. It seemed to randomly just quit doing that. Then, recently, it's started sometimes "hanging"/not moving until the bike gets up to around 8 mph or so. That seems to really only be when it's cold - first time out in the day. I also had the speedometer cable break on my Ninja 500 one time.

    If you haven't yet, do of course make sure that your speedometer cable is inserted all the way in the ends, and screwed on tightly. I've had times where they like to loosen up on the threads and then get sloppy or even come out completely.
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    All kidding aside, the speedometer has a magnetic connection to the cable. If the needle doesn't move freely, it will get stuck in the "sticky" position, and it doesn't take much to get it stuck. Smallest piece of dirt or any mis alignment of the interior components will cause this. The odometer is a gear driven device and will still work if the speedo needle gets stuck.
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    Thanks, Im going to take it off Tuesday when im off and see if there is something stuck at the magnetic connection that you are talking about. hopefully that's all that their is too this the problem
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