Install a Smiths Digital Speedometer

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Instrument failure is a familiar issue on vintage bikes. Smiths speedometers and tachs, used on the majority of British bikes up through the late 1970s, are generally reliable. Yet with age, failure becomes increasingly common. Specialty vendors can restore many of them, and while an excellent option, it might not be the route to take with a daily rider vintage Norton or Triumph.

A major issue with vintage Smiths speedometers is the speedometer gear box, which drives the speedometer cable at the wheel. These are known to fail regularly. Recent pattern replacements haven’t been as durable as the originals, and originals haven’t been available for years. So what’s the option? For some riders, it might be a digital speedometer.

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