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Author Topic: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo  (Read 1215 times)

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Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« on: September 09, 2010, 02:41:36 PM »
Just a question... I got my G-5 last Saturday, 9/4/2010. (whoopeee!)  Took it out for a short ride then, and didn't get a chance to get out again until Tuesday,when I took it for a 50 mile breakin ride (<40 mph).  Anyway 10 miles from home, when the odometer read 103.4 miles, suddenly the speedo went to 0 and the odo stayed at 103.4.  Puzzling over this for the 10 miles to home (I had my GPS on and noted where it happened on the "bread crumb trail"), I concluded that the speedometer cable was the culprit, and sure enough, upon undoing the front wheel repeater end, the little solid square tip part had broken off the springy part of the cable.  My '08 Iron Barrel classic has 4600 miles on it with never a problem with its speedo cable.  Has anyone else had this problem with their UCE G-5 or C-5?  Or is this just one of those "one in a million unpredictable and hardly ever happens" sort of things?

Just curious.
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2010, 02:55:41 PM »
My speedo cable came loose at the speedo behind the head light on my Classic AVL.

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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2010, 02:56:08 PM »
I'd think that would be a pretty rare thing. Congrats on the new bike!
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 03:16:03 PM »
The speedo cable on my C5 snapped exactly as you described at the 7,700 km mark (close to 5,000 miles), just behind the hub.  The expired unit still had plenty of lubrication, so I'm guessing it was a faulty unit.  On the other hand, the rubber casing had started to show signs of actually melting at the point where it passes through the guide on the front mudguard, so maybe it was dry in that spot and bound up on me.  I had assumed that the constant rubbing (as I understand it, your G5 doesn't have this problem) was melting the casing, but perhaps it was heating from the inside. 

In any event, the replacement unit will be getting plenty of close attention. 

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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010, 03:59:27 PM »
   Congrats on the new G-5,
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My cable seemed to have plenty of lubrication (fingers got all black with oil or grease removing it!), and I didn't notice any indication of heat or melting on the sleeve, so I am assuming the problem was a bad weld at the point of attachment of the square pin to the flex cable.  But the cable does take a couple of twists I noticed when I put the new one that came in the box of extra 'goodies' with the bike.  The new one I pulled out and put plenty of grease on.  Had the bike out yesterday and the odo's up to 173 now--so far, so good!
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2010, 04:06:49 PM »
May be an issue with these cables. The C5 I borrowed while my G5 was in for service a while ago had a similar problem. Speedo cable broke at the hub end.
G5 no problem so far.....
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2010, 07:22:39 PM »
May be an issue with these cables. The C5 I borrowed while my G5 was in for service a while ago had a similar problem. Speedo cable broke at the hub end.
G5 no problem so far.....
Could be a UCE problem, though when I contacted Nfieldgear about the fact that the only cable they listed on the 'net was for what looked like the old non-UCE bikes that are now out of production.  However the answer I got said that they all used that same cable and getting one of those that they had in their 'net catalog would work. Innnnnteresting!
In any event, the G-5 does bring a smile from ear to ear, speedo working or not! :D (but it's working now again since I put on the cable that came in the goodies box.)
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2010, 08:29:55 PM »
Good thing it's working, you'd never get past the break in mileages without it no matter how much you rode!  ;D

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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2010, 08:51:10 PM »
... when I contacted Nfieldgear about the fact that the only cable they listed on the 'net was for what looked like the old non-UCE bikes that are now out of production.  However the answer I got said that they all used that same cable and getting one of those that they had in their 'net catalog would work. Innnnnteresting!

Although the part number does not match, the NField Gear cable fit just fine on my C5.  I'm personally glad the numbers don't match.  If it WAS a bad production lot, my replacement isn't from the same batch.   ;D
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2010, 08:54:44 PM »
Last time I had the front wheel off, the speedo cable came out of its cover.
I shoot alittle 30w oil on it and reinstalled.
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2010, 12:10:32 PM »
Good thing it's working, you'd never get past the break in mileages without it no matter how much you rode!  ;D
That's what worried me Scotty!  I began to think that if I didn't get the speedo working I'd be stuck at 35-40mph forever!  Hah! ::)
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2010, 12:14:08 PM »
Last time I had the front wheel off, the speedo cable came out of its cover.
I shoot alittle 30w oil on it and reinstalled.
I had a can of old grease that I used on the replacement.  And it seems the cable can come out of the cover only from the bottom -- wheel end.  Might not be a bad idea to unfish the thing from time to time and give it a shot of oil just to be on the safe side -- while checking it for wear too, methinks.  :-\
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2010, 02:29:13 AM »
I went for a 200 km ride yesterday to try out the new screen. On the way back the bike was travelling along at about 120kph (And doing it easy. I noticed that the speedo needle started fluctuating between 100 and 110. It had never done this before, I slowed down and it came back to 100 or so, I acelerated up to what I thought was the speed I had been doing, but the needle wouldn't go past 100. Whe I turnd off the main highway I went back to about 80kph but the needle continued to fluctuate. I'm suspecting the speedo cable is on the way out, the has just gone over the 3000 km mark by the way. Any thoughts from this esteemed group would be appreciated.

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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2010, 04:12:52 AM »
I went for a 200 km ride yesterday to try out the new screen. On the way back the bike was travelling along at about 120kph (And doing it easy. I noticed that the speedo needle started fluctuating between 100 and 110. It had never done this before, I slowed down and it came back to 100 or so, I acelerated up to what I thought was the speed I had been doing, but the needle wouldn't go past 100. Whe I turnd off the main highway I went back to about 80kph but the needle continued to fluctuate. I'm suspecting the speedo cable is on the way out, the has just gone over the 3000 km mark by the way. Any thoughts from this esteemed group would be appreciated.

Cheers  :)

That's exactly what mine did, before it crapped out.  Occasional flutters on the speedo gauge, at the higher end.  Do you have a problem?  I'm not willing to guess. 
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2010, 04:38:23 AM »
Thanks Andy, was it the speedo or just the cable ?

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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2010, 05:04:05 AM »
I got some flutters at high speeds, the cable was loose at the wheel end.  Tightened and working fine.  There is a tiny noise when riding and I think it might be the cable in the housing.  I need to take it apart for inspection and greasing.

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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2010, 05:21:00 AM »
Thanks Andy, was it the speedo or just the cable ?

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Just the cable. 
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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2010, 06:21:20 AM »
My speedo cable fell out of the back of the speedo (behind the back of the headlight) at about 500 miles.  I was about 20 miles from home so I zip-tied the cable to the crash bar (everyone should always carry zip-ties, they make you smarter) and screwed it back in when I got home, easy fix.  After reading this, I will be checking the lube at the hub end because I've noticed about a 5mph needle shake sometimes at 60mph+. 

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Re: Broken Speedo cable at 103miles on the odo
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2010, 03:34:46 PM »
I went for a 200 km ride yesterday to try out the new screen. On the way back the bike was travelling along at about 120kph (And doing it easy. I noticed that the speedo needle started fluctuating between 100 and 110. It had never done this before, I slowed down and it came back to 100 or so, I acelerated up to what I thought was the speed I had been doing, but the needle wouldn't go past 100. Whe I turnd off the main highway I went back to about 80kph but the needle continued to fluctuate. I'm suspecting the speedo cable is on the way out, the has just gone over the 3000 km mark by the way. Any thoughts from this esteemed group would be appreciated.

Cheers  :)
Just a hunch, but if the cable is wearing inside the sleeve, the way the cables are made, something might be catching in the sleeve or expanding enough from wear to cause the fluxuations, IF the ends of the sleeve are tightly screwed on.  In any event, it's worthwhile to keep a spare on hand... Like Brits carrying the ubiquitous umbrella--as long as you have one it probably won't rain.  The moment you don't, it will.  Murphy's Law corrollary #347C and how to foil it.. ;D
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