Hi Dave. I used speedo repairs aswell. He took my clocks that were not even for my bike. Speedo was for a naccel bike and tacho was for a BSA. He rebuilt and converted them for 170 quid and they look stunning and are still working well 7 years later. I dont think you will find better. Oh, he also did my mates clocks in the mid 80's and they still going strong aswell.
I believe he is an ex smiths employee. I sent off 2 really crappy magnetic instruments. The worst cost £60 and the cheapest was £50. You get fact sheets about the cabling and how to route them correctly and clean and grease them correctly. You also get a sheet giving you the date and accuracy of the instrument. My speedo has about 2% at 100mph. And my tacho shows 100% accuracy up to 8000 rpm.
They look like new again and I'm really pleased, my friend has done many miles on his instruments and when checked the bikes max speed at 90 something mph the speedo is less than 2% out.
that's a shame. I may lever mine apart and fix it myself. What happens is is that the odometer numbers suddenly go at an angle and the speedo reads high. When the odo settles back it reads ok again! I suppose that the whole odometer is meshing and unmeshing with its drive gear as it falls out of place. Dave
Had the same problem with mine, took it apart and glued it back together with the base. A hole in the base is getting bigger with use and finally gives up. A book "Magnetic speedometer repair" by Mr Blighe was very helpfull in this.
Glad its not just me. I don't know how long they should last but this one starte falling top pieces after about 15,000 miles. It looked to have been rebuilt when I bought the bike. I considered getting a reproduction but why couldn't they have made them the same size as the original ones? Dave
I phoned up John Heywood and he said that he was definitely retiring this week so just missed out!
I have bought a replica speedo to use while my Smiths one is repaired.
I had a go at repairing mine. The spindle that holds the odometer wheels had completely worn away at the ends so wasn't held in the chassis. I sorted this out by drilling into the ends and fitting new pins. I was very pleased at this point until I found that the actual speedo mechanism had gone stiff from me removing the needle to get the face off! I read after that you have to gently turn the needle from side to side until it is loose and not just yank it off like I did! I suppose I could have gone in and fixed that but as the bezel looked a bit manky too I gave up.
I will use the other chap recommended earlier for the repair. He said that he replaces the whole odometer fixing because the original is too weak. Dave
Gaggs certainly still do speedo repairs but I am sending mine to the speedorepairs place.
I have put my temporary replica speed on while my Smiths one is repaired. It looks ok from the riding position but is miles taller than the rev counter and to me sticks out like a sore thumb. Will get back with how steady the needle is, etc, after my next ride. Dave
Went out for a ride to test the replica speedo and I was very impressed by the completely steady needle. It read the same speeds as the Smiths per rpm and it was nice to have a working odometer and trip for the first time in several years! was just a 25 mile run so I will have to see how it goes after a few rides.
If you have a bike with no tacho you wouldn't notice the size or you could by the matching tacho, too! Am looking forward to my repaired Smiths coming back. there's something good about the real thing.
It's really surprising for me that John Heywood has now retired.Repair and maintenance is vital for good performance.I am a great fan of bike logos of different companies.Anyone with some sharing about this will be welcome.