Speedome­ter Er­ror

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I have been buy­ing Bike In­dia for a long time; al­most since its in­cep­tion. You are do­ing a won­der­ful job. I specif­i­cally look for­ward to the road tests which are al­ways com­pre­hen­sive and data-driven.

The pur­pose of this e-mail is to bring to your no­tice the glar­ing speedome­ter er­ror in the road test of the Honda X-Blade in the May 2018 is­sue.

A dif­fer­ence of about 10 km/h in the ac­tual speed and speedome­ter-in­di­cated speed, es­pe­cially in lower gears and at rel­a­tively lower speeds, is too much, if you ask me.

It is for the first time that I have seen it and it is all the more sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing that the bike in ques­tion comes from a ma­jor man­u­fac­turer like Honda. What could be the is­sue? I would like to know your thoughts on this.

Arvind Kumar, Ben­galuru

Dear Arvind,

It is great to know that you’ve been fol­low­ing our magazine since its in­cep­tion and we’re glad you like our road tests. The speedome­ter er­ror recorded by us for the X-Blade isn’t re­ally an out­lier. In fact, it is par for the course if you look at the speedo er­ror fig­ures in other road tests as well. Typ­i­cally, all bikes will have speedo er­ror of eight to 10 per cent as a norm. It is usu­ally an ef­fort on the part of the man­u­fac­turer to en­sure that even if your speedo nee­dle creeps above the limit, you still aren’t flout­ing the law.

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