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    Veigel Odometer Quit Working ‘57 R60

    Argh !
    Veigel Odometer Quit Working yesterday. Speedometer is fine. Anybody had good luck with repair of these instruments ? I’m not looking for an experience, just repair.

    I’ve seen a Reproduction for not too much money. I could use until the Veigle is repaired (if possible), since Riding Season opened this week around here. I do know that the instruments are matched to bike gearing.

    Has anyone used those ‘55-‘69 Reproductions ? I have seen them everywhere till now. Now, where did I see them ?

    All experiences are welcome as well as a few opinions. (Tongue in Cheek)

    Charlie

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    Overseas Speedmeter

    Overseas Speedometer in Austin TX, Rick Borth, excellent work on my '68 R50 speedometer, quick turnaround
    Adam

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    I've used a couple different vendors

    I have had several speedometers cleaned up and repaired at Over Seas speedometer and Foreign speedometer. I know a Palo Alto does complete restorations as well as repairs but I have heard they take a real long time, charge a sizable chunk of money and sometimes don't get things right, I have not experienced that as I have never used them. You can pick up a cheap repop speedo on Flea Bay, they pop up once in a while or you can check out Bench Mark Works to see what they have, I had the speedometer out of an R 27 at one time and used the open hole to hold my diet Pepsi its a great cup holder. One alternative to getting a loaner speedometer would be to get a small battery powered GPS that will track you speed.

    What ever you decide to do while yours is out you have to pay close attention to you engine RPM's more so than you actual speed. The early R 50's came with a "side car transmission" which has lower gearing for side car use, you can run you RPM's up a little to high with out realizing it if you don't pay attention.

    Before you send it out take a few detailed pictures of it and make note of is it MPH or KPH and where the shift points are on it as they are specific to that year and CC bike, it would also probably have a black face speedometer so you want to retain that.

    You could always just get a replacement speedometer and put the Veigel in a box and not do any repairs, just include it with the bike if you ever decide its time to sell it.

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    There are a number of speedometer repair places listed in the Speedometer section of the link in my signature line.
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    Palo Alto Speedometer did a great job with the instruments in my '67 R60/2. I think turnaround was only a couple weeks, too.
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    Probably need to contact the various places. I seem to recall that Palo Alto (or maybe North Hollywood) sends their vintage speedos out to be done by someone else. Again, just thinking it might be Joe's Speedometer in Reseda. Not completely sure.
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    Thanks folks.
    I do appreciate all the responses and I’ll report back on repair.

    Charlie

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    Veigel Odometer quit working

    Quote Originally Posted by 69zeff65 View Post
    I have had several speedometers cleaned up and repaired at Over Seas speedometer and Foreign speedometer. I know a Palo Alto does complete restorations as well as repairs but I have heard they take a real long time, charge a sizable chunk of money and sometimes don't get things right, I have not experienced that as I have never used them. You can pick up a cheap repop speedo on Flea Bay, they pop up once in a while or you can check out Bench Mark Works to see what they have, I had the speedometer out of an R 27 at one time and used the open hole to hold my diet Pepsi its a great cup holder. One alternative to getting a loaner speedometer would be to get a small battery powered GPS that will track you speed.

    What ever you decide to do while yours is out you have to pay close attention to you engine RPM's more so than you actual speed. The early R 50's came with a "side car transmission" which has lower gearing for side car use, you can run you RPM's up a little to high with out realizing it if you don't pay attention.

    Before you send it out take a few detailed pictures of it and make note of is it MPH or KPH and where the shift points are on it as they are specific to that year and CC bike, it would also probably have a black face speedometer so you want to retain that.

    You could always just get a replacement speedometer and put the Veigel in a box and not do any repairs, just include it with the bike if you ever decide its time to sell it.
    Overseas Speedometer are not good to do business with. Rick Borth hangs up if he doesn't understand your questions. He says it is way too much trouble to travel to the post office. He refuses to deal with Canadians and anyone else out of country. Not a good business model for those who put food on his table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebombs View Post
    Overseas Speedometer are not good to do business with. Rick Borth hangs up if he doesn't understand your questions. He says it is way too much trouble to travel to the post office. He refuses to deal with Canadians and anyone else out of country. Not a good business model for those who put food on his table.
    Have other members had this same experience with Overseas Speedometer? Have other members had good experiences?
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    Overseas Speedometer

    See my post #2, my experience was excellent. There was a minor problem with the repair, sent it back to him and he immediately rectified it. This was on a /2 speedo

    Adam

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    [QUOTE= Palo Alto does complete restorations as well as repairs but I have heard they take a real long time, charge a sizable chunk of money and sometimes don't get things right, [/QUOTE]

    10-4. Be careful with Palo Alto. I asked them to fix my original non-working clock off my '74 R90s. I was emphatic that I only wanted it repaired and not updated with any other kind of movement. When I received it, it had been updated to a quartz movement.

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