This is my first bike. I got what I thought was a good deal on an 08 Suzuki S50 from a local dealer, had 18k miles. In my first rides, I thought the low speed registering on the speedometer was just me overestimating how fast I was going due to being new to the sensation. However, when I got on a freeway and it was showing between 20-40 mph and I was keeping up with traffic, I got concerned.
I've verified with GPS that it's completely off, and there's almost no rhyme or reason to the reading: I'll do 80 per GPS and sometimes it will read 20 and sometimes it will read 55.
The more concerning thing is that I took a ~100 mile trip over the weekend, with the trip recorded by EatSleepRide, and the odometer only registered about 1/3 of the miles. This makes me wonder how many miles this bike actually has.
A couple of questions:
- Doesn't seem like the speedometer cable would be broken since it goes all over at times, but should I just replace that cable anyways and see if it solves the issue?
- Anyone have any idea what, if anything, I can do about what's likely a lot of missing miles on the bike? The dealer where I purchased it gave the bike a passed state inspection sticker, which I think couldn't really be done properly if the speedometer isn't working. I have GoPro footage of my first ride on the bike showing the speedometer misbehaving, so I can prove it wasn't me. However, when I bought the bike the dealer had to replace the kick stand sensor (post inspection, not sure how they started it for the inspection), and I imagine will claim they screwed it up then.
Definitely interested in fixing the bike, but any idea if I have recourse with the dealer?
Thanks guys, otherwise I'm loving the bike! It's a real blast, definitely would like to know my speed as I'm pretty sure I'm going over a lot of times.