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Motorcycle Speedometer Deviations

  Posted at 06:30:00 PM
  File under  News
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

With the advent of speeding intolerance by the French authorities {announced last month: link}, where even a slight excess of the speed limit is severely punished, you now need to ensure that your motorcycle's speedometer is accurate. Although speedometers are calibrated, they are not calibrated individually, so they will show deviations. Even two identical motorcycles can show different speeds, but usually it'll be a difference of 1 or 2 kph.

French motorcycle magazine Moto Revue Open link in a new window has published a very long list of most motorcycles out there, and their deviation in speeds shown on their speedometer. They tested the motorcycles at speeds of 50, 90, 110, 130 and 140 kph.

Most motorcycles show a higher speed than what you are truly riding, but there are some exceptions. Here are the motorcycles that show a TOO SLOW speed, so in other words, motorcycle were you really need to watch your speed.

These are the exceptions (only the too high ones):
  • Ducati Hypermotard 1100S (2007); Shows 110 but is really 112 kph
  • Buell XB12X Ulysses (2008): Shows 130 for 131 kph
  • Moto Guzzi Breva V750 (2004): Shows 50 for 54, 90 for 96, 110 for 115, 130 for 134 and 140 for 144 kph
  • Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 (2006): Shows 50 for 52, 90 for 91 and 110 for 111 kph
  • Suzuki AN 650 Burgman Executive (2004): Shows 110 for 116 kph

The Guzzi Breva is the one to watch out for, since you'll get fined at almost any speed. FYI, here are the ones that showed the lowest speed deviations:

In the 50 kph speed band
  • BMW 850RT (2002): 43 kph
  • Moto Guzzi 940 Bellagio (2008): 43 kph
  • Triumph Rocket III (2009): 42 kph

In the 90 kph speed band
  • Cagiva 1000 Raptor (2002): 79 kph
  • Kawasaki ZX-12R (2003): 79 kph
  • Kawasaki VN 2000 (2004): 79 kph
  • Moto Guzzi 940 Bellagio (2008): 79 kph

In the 110 kph speed band
  • Suzuki DL-650 V-Strom (2007): 93 kph

In the 130 kph speed band
  • Benelli TRE-K 1130 (2007): 114 kph
  • Kawasaki VN 2000 (2004): 113 kph
  • Moto Guzzi 940 Bellagio (2008): 115 kph
  • Yamaha YZF 1000 R1 (2004): 112 kph

In the 140 kph speed band
  • Aprilia SL 750 Shiver (2008): 127 kph
  • Ducati S4Rs (2006): 127 kph
  • Ducati Monster 1100 (2008): 122 kph
  • Suzuki GSX-R 600 (2004): 127 kph
  • Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom (2007): 127 kph
  • Suzuki GSF 1250 Bandit N (2007): 127 kph
  • Triumph Rocket III (2009): 126 kph
  • Yamaha WR 250X (2008): 127 kph
  • Yamaha XT 660 R (2004): 126 kph
  • Yamaha XT 660 X (2006): 126 kph
  • Yamaha YZF 1000 R1 (2004): 125 kph
  • Yamaha YZF 1000 R1 (2008):  126 kph

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