We Fix Motorcycle Speedometer Problems

Motorcycle Speedometer Repair Service

  • Quick instrument cluster repair

  • Speedometers, tachometers & other gauge restoration

  • Calibration services

  • Cable replacement

Troubleshooting a Motorcycle’s Speedometer

The typical motorcycle speedometer is not a complex piece of equipment. It consists of a speedometer cable and a speedometer gauge that connect to a fitting on the front wheel. Some motorcycles come with electronic speedometers that require repair and calibration by a trained technician.

Most of the problems with the mechanical speedometers usually come from a worn out or broken cable, faulty speedo drive, bad wiring, or a defective gauge. In case the gauge is not damaged, troubleshooting the problem can help to isolate it. Troubleshooting speedometer problems might call for a replacement of the gauge or sensor, based on the motorcycle.

A Dick’s Speed-O-Tach, our technicians can troubleshoot the problem quickly and let you know what kind of work needs to be done. We can usually have the repairs completed in a day to get you back on your bike enjoying the open road.

Dependable Service

Honest Rates

Fast Turnaround

24 Hours On Most Jobs

All Manufacturers

American, European, Asian

Gauges, Cables, Clusters

Speedometer, Tach & More

Repair & Restoration Services

Dick’s Speed-O-Tach rebuilds and restores motorcycle instrument clusters to look and work like the original. We use the best quality gauges and cables for foreign and domestic bikes. If you are looking to replace internal parts, worn dials, glass, or need a rechromed bezel give us a call!

We Service and Restore Instrument Guages
for all makes & models from Harley Davidsons to Yamaha

Troubleshooting Common problems with Speedometers

Items you’ll need: screwdriver, pliers, metric wrenches, spray lubricant, speedometer cable grease, and a sewing needle.

1. Ready the bike

motorcycle-speedometer-calibrationStabilize your bike on a repair stand or its kickstand. Find the lower end of the cable, where it’s attached to a hub at the front-wheel. Disconnect the cable from the drive end using a metric wrench.

If you’re not familiar with how speedometers work, all you need to know is that there’s a cable that goes from the speedometer to the front rotor or the transmission. There’s also a drive unit there that usually spins the inside of the cable, which then lets the speedometer know how fast the motorcycle is going.

2. Inspect the Condition of the Cable

Once you disconnect the cable, you’ll be able to see the inside of the cable housing a metal cable wire. Pull the end of the cable out of the wheel hub and inspect the “square shaped” end of the cable. In case the edges are rounded, or it is broken, you need to replace the cable. Plus, if the end is broken, it most likely means there’s a piece of the broken end stuck inside the hub. Using a small, pointed object such as a sewing needle, work the broken piece out of the hub.

However, if the end was not broken or worn out, reattach the fitting and skip to step #5. Otherwise, get a new cable to move on to the next step.

3. Remove any cable guides at the front forks

Use pliers to loosen up the speedometer cable connection fitting located at the underside of the speedometer by turning it counterclockwise. Then, pull out the end of the cable from the speedometer. Remove any guides at the handlebars or the front forks of your motorcycle. The kind of motorcycle you have will determine the tools needed and the guides you need to remove.

4. Grease and reattach the cable

Apply a sizeable amount of cable grease on the square-shaped end of the speedometer cable and reattach it to the hub at the front wheel. Run the cable along the underside of the speedometer and then attach the upper end to the fitting on the speedo. Now tighten the fitting using your pliers and reattach the cable guides of the speedometer.

5. Remove the speedometer

On the underside of the speedometer gauge, carefully detach the cable. Use a metric wrench to remove the nuts on the handlebars that secure the gauge in place. Remove the speedometer and then place it on your worktable. With a small screwdriver or metric wrench, remove the back cover of the gauge. Again, the kind of speedometer you have will determine the types of tools you should use.

6. Remove the odometer

Use a small metric wrench or screwdriver to remove the odometer. Inspect and test the small odometer gears located below or behind the odometer number wheels. In case the teeth are broken, or the gears work poorly, replace the odometer.

7. Inspect the dial and gears

Be sure to inspect the back of the speedometer gears and the speedometer dial. If corrosion or rust has accumulated, you need to replace it. Otherwise, spray the components with a lubricant and try to manipulate them by hand to ensure things are moving freely. Install the new or existing odometer, and then reattach the back cover to the speedometer. Position it back into place and then tighten the clamp. Next, reattach the cable below the speedometer gauge.


Phone: 480-994-9022

Dick’s Speed-O-Tach
1900 N. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

Located on the Southwest Corner of McClintock & McKellips Road

(In the Hayden Auto Plaza)

Call Us For
Vehicle Repairs and Services

When you are looking for instrument cluster repair help
Or your old bike gauge needs restoration
We are here to provide quality work with a fast turnaround

We have literally decades in the industry and are more than happy to help you troubleshoot common problems, offer speedometer calibration, and many other gauge related services.

We provide unbeatable turnaround – typically in 24 hours or less.

Hours Open:

Mon – Fri  8am – 4pm