A Mostly British Obsession

Low Miles!

The Triumph 955i has artificially low miles–due to a speedo glitch. (It’s probably not more than about 150 miles in arrears, but it is annoying.) More and more often, the speedometer ceases to register a speed (or add miles to the odometer; they’re both digital). This always coincides with the ignition key being used–it either works when you start the bike, and keeps working, or it doesn’t work and stays dead. I recently rode to my friend Matt’s in north Seattle, and the sequence of speedo operation? House to ferry, alive; ferry to Matt’s, dead; Matt’s to ferry, alive, ferry to home, alive. Other rides it’s the opposite.

When the speedo is “dead” it will sometimes display a speed of one mile per hour for a few seconds. I’ve wiggled wires but haven’t gone beyond that so far in trying to solve the problem, showing my usual initiative.


  1. This is another British thing, isn’t it? ;)

  2. I have a 2002 triumph 955i as well and I have the same problem. Sometimes the speedo works and sometimes it doesn’t. The first time it happened was after the battery died and I had to roll start it. I think a new battery might fix the problem but there is no guarantee.

  3. Roger

    August 17, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Scott, that’s in interesting theory, and may well be right. I had to (yet again) put a new battery in the bike after winter storage and so far haven’t seen any problems with the speedometer.

  4. I have the same problem and was told by a dealership that low voltage starts could be the culprit. I have already replaced the pickup unit and now have a new battery on the way. The sending unit did not fix the problem.

  5. Roger

    June 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Mine is still acting up. What is interesting to me is I can “fix” it by making sure I let the bike run for more than a minute or so at speed, pull in the clutch, kill the ignition, glide for a few seconds and then restart. It almost always comes back, and works for the remainder of the ride.

  6. I have a 2004 Daytona 955i and have the exact same problem with my speedo…anyone been able to figure out how to fix it? Happens about every 5th time I start the bike…it is getting a little annoying.

  7. I am having this issue with my bike. I see you guys talked about this a few years ago but did anyone figure it out? please help.

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