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Resetting Guage Cluster

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I don't think you can. If it were possible then we would start seeing a whole lot of 3-4 year old bikes for sale with zero miles on them.
Get an electric drill, and the end of an old speedometer cable, and spin the odometer untill it passes 99,999.9 , and it will be zeroed out. VWW
Remind me to never buy a motorcycle from you.
Are you sure? I have a Kawasaki A1, and a Yamaha R5 both with only 5 miles on them. VWW
As far as I'm concerned, there are already a whole lot of 3-4 year old bikes with virtually zero miles... I see 2000 model year bikes with less than 5000 miles all the time around here. I guess some people think that's a lot of miles, but I generally put 1000-1500 miles per month on mine. Maybe I'm just weird.

"Remember - It's always easier to do things the hard way. -- Chango
LOL! I was expecting someone to make that comment.

I know a guy at work with a 97 Shadow 1100 with only about 1500 miles on it.

I'd still be suspicious if a 3 year old bike only had 75 miles on it, though. Even HD rubby posers ride more than that.
Really? What a coincidence. My GSX1100G is only going to have 5 miles on it tomorrow afternoon, too.
I had a 2002 CBR954RR that kept melting the tachometer face every 3-4k miles. I would replace the whole instrument cluster under warranty every time and the miles would be at 0. That is an expensive way to go about it if you are not under warranty though. If you have a new bike with 100 miles, why not get the cluster replaced under warranty? Doesn't Kawazuki offer a warranty on the 600RR?
Doesn't Kawazuki offer a warranty on the 600RR?

They do, but it doesn't cover bikes that have been crashed out, or owners with weak excuses for rolling back an odo.

-- Michael
Only in theory. Modern bikes don't have speedo cables, it's an electronic pulse sensor.

If it was still a cable, you'd need to do roughly a thousand revolutions of the cable to get the odometer to register 1 mile. If your drill does 1,000 rpm, and assuming the cable inner doesn't start to melt the sheathing on the outer through friction, you'll still need to keep your drill spinning for 30 days continuously. Or drills, since you'll burn out several along the way. The cost of the new power tools, several new speedo cables, the month of your life 24x7 to actually do the winding and the electricity to run it all will dwarf the change in value you get from winding 4,000 miles off the mileage of your bike.

For the pulse sensor, if you could devise a gizmo that generated pulses to plug in to it, you could roll the mileage around that way, but only at '186mph' - they won't register any more than that I believe (I assume the odometers won't roll up any faster either). However, the digital odometers sometimes don't roll over until they hit a million miles, and that would mean leaving your electronic pulse gizmo plugged in and running for about 8 months...

There are specialist firms used by second hand car trade (you are suprised?) who will 'correct' (yeah, right) mileages on those LCD digital mileometers. In the UK they can often be found hanging around outside car auctions offering to 'correct' the mileage of cars that traders have just bought...

See for a UK example. You need to find something similar in the US...
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Did you ever find out why? Had you changed the windscreen for a double bubble or similar? A guy in the UK found his clocks were melting but worked out why. The aftermarket screen he had fitted was acting like a magnifying glass and focusing the rays of the sun on the clocks at certain times of the day and melting the dash...
Why do it the hard way?

Good idea, but wrong direction. Use a REVERSIBLE drill and run the speedo backwards for 4K rather than forwards for 96K! Using the calcs from the kwh post, this would get your run time down to a little over a day, saving lotsa' electricity and tipping the cost-benefit analysis back in favor of the re-set.
Okay, I've got to assume that we're talking about a just-out-the-door wreck. Otherwise, the cluster would still be under warrantee. So, what's the problem? You've got a paid-next-to-nothing-for-it bike with an extra 3K on the odo, big deal! Unless the salvage guy is your cousin - and you got the title before it was sent to the DOT - and you're planning on turning it over as a clean-titled bike, why should you care?
With the universal calibration device (i.e. 3 pound sledge).

Works every time.
If it's a salvage why are you worried about an extra 3900 miles on the odometer? If it's new why isn't it covered under warranty? If it's new and you f'd up the gage cluster yourself then eat the extra miles or shell out for a new one.

Sounds to me like you're trying to scam someone.

Takes one to know one, eh?
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