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Hi all,
I've just moved to the UK from Australia and my bird is lovingly boxed and somewhere in the middle of the indian ocean.

The problem is that Australia, being a country of morons, decided to lock their instrument panels to km/h, so I can't just press the buttons and convert it to ml/h.

So now I'm stuck having to either replace/unlock/reset/flash the instrument panel, whatever!

The new panels are hard to find (mine has only 25,000 km, but I've given up on the idea of keeping such low mileage), does anyone have an idea of what I can try?

I'm up for anything really. As long as I can ride it when it gets here I don't care.

Happy to switch to old panels, convert to chinese rip-offs, cbr 1000 rrs from the same period, hack the electronics, enything :)

Thank you all so much in advance for your help!
Cheers
Paul
 

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Why do you have to convert?

I'm in the US. I don't know the laws in the UK (hell, I don't know our laws much). Is the bike allowable as an import the way it is? Or does it have to be "converted" to be MOT compliant? Or is it just personal preference?
 

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As long as you know that roughly 50kph = 30mph, 80kph = 50mph, 100kph = 60mph and 125kph is around 70mph you should be OK. I run a Ducati with a KPH Speedo and have never had problems with the M.o.T. etc.
 

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If your bird has digital speedo , then you can change from kph to mph by pressing the mode and set button at the same time . And you can swap from one to the other.


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If your bird has digital speedo , then you can change from kph to mph by pressing the mode and set button at the same time . And you can swap from one to the other. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I don't think that is an option
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The problem is that Australia, decided to lock their instrument panels to km/h, so I can't just press the buttons and convert it to ml/h.
Just thinking laterally pmatteucci, I doubt very much if the swap capability was never fitted to your Bird, rather that it has been disabled, possibly simply just one wire not connected or a blanking plate in a connector. When Honda had to fit daylight running headlights for the States and latterly for the UK the wiring loom was left unchanged so if you want to be able to switch your lights off a simple switch change is all that is needed.

Are the relevant buttons present on your bike?
 

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They aren't that hard to find on U.K. Parts finder. Com or hard to fit. Just find one with a comparable mileage and swap over then list your old one and recoup your costs. Touring Europe is easy from U.K. So it's a must really.


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Hi all, The problem is that Australia, being a country of morons, decided to lock their instrument panels to km/h, so I can't just press the buttons and convert it to ml/h.
:rant:started...
Me finks he's casting nasturtiums, +2 for the boat sink. We can't help having a sensible measurement standard that has as its base the number 10, simples... We were smart....Back in 1975 mind you!!!......Most of the world is....But poor old UK, (insert the word morons here if you wish) have refused to to complete the change and live in a world of Arthur and Martha, whereas even more moronic countries (insert USA here) are still in the dark ages. :deadhors:And because of nothing else but stubbornness the rest of the world now has to live with imported products dictating ongoing specifications (insert plumbing fixings here). The Imperial system is dead guys, get over it. The world of construction and Architecture is beset with errors and conversion factors at huge cost. And the ISS has a chequered history, with cross calculations all over the place. What a sheetfight.
On a slightly different tangent but equally as amusing is this.;

Say friend, did you know that the US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?

Because that's the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were built by English expatriates.

I see, but why did the English build them like that?

Because the first railway lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

Well, why did they use that gauge in England?

Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Okay! Why did their wagons use that odd wheel spacing?

Because, if they tried to use any other spacing the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads. Because that's the spacing of the old wheel ruts.

So who built these old rutted roads?

The first long distance roads in Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions. The Roman roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts?

The original ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by the wheels of Roman war chariots. Since the chariots were made for or by Imperial Rome they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.

Thus, we have the answer to the original question. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches derives from the original specification for an Imperial Roman army war chariot.

And the motto of the story is Specifications and bureaucracies live forever.

So, the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse's ass came up with it, you may be exactly right. Because the Imperial Roman chariots were made to be just wide enough to accommodate the back-ends of two war-horses.

So, just what does this have to do with the exploration of space?

Well, there's an interesting extension of the story about railroad gauge and horses' behinds. When we see a Space Shuttle sitting on the launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are the solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at a factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs might have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.

The railroad from the factory runs through a tunnel in the mountains. The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than a railroad track, and the railroad track is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So a major design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was originally determined by the width of a horse's ass.

cheers from a sensible country.. and :p
:rant: over
Oh, as far as the solution, I would be getting some 1/8" tape, and sticking it on...

 

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umm the Australian aerospace/aviation industry uses metric measurements and imperial bolts ....
I say bring back slugs, scruples poles and perches :smilebig:
 

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Yes, I bow to your knowledge duck. And the reason?
agree with slugs, etc..just to keep things interesting in a world that doesn't change.......much...arrgh.
 

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Yes, I bow to your knowledge duck. And the reason?
agree with slugs, etc..just to keep things interesting in a world that doesn't change.......much...arrgh.
Aviation worldwide uses imperial bolts just to make servicing easier, you only need one set of bolts and tools .... pain in the neck when you are designing aircraft bits though. When I was an aircraft designer/stress engineer I had to keep an imperial ruler on my desk so I could picture what I was working with!

When I worked as a subcontract stress engineer on trains I worked for an engineer at the train builders who was even more pedantic than me :)hmm:) "I want a calculation to show ..... and the units will be".
One day his request didn't include "and the units will be" ................ so I dug out my book of obscure imperial units and used as many of them as I could :O
Us engineers have strange senses of humour but even he enjoyed that one :smilebig:
 

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I don't think that is an option

Just thinking laterally pmatteucci, I doubt very much if the swap capability was never fitted to your Bird, rather that it has been disabled, possibly simply just one wire not connected or a blanking plate in a connector. When Honda had to fit daylight running headlights for the States and latterly for the UK the wiring loom was left unchanged so if you want to be able to switch your lights off a simple switch change is all that is needed.

Are the relevant buttons present on your bike?
In my BB it works, I can switch between units (2005 digi. dash BB)
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Speedo healer, what a good idea! Never used one, but do they adjust that far out of whack? Like to 62.54%?
 

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Hi all,
I've just moved to the UK from Australia and my bird is lovingly boxed and somewhere in the middle of the indian ocean.

The problem is that Australia, being a country of morons, decided to lock their instrument panels to km/h, so I can't just press the buttons and convert it to ml/h.

So now I'm stuck having to either replace/unlock/reset/flash the instrument panel, whatever!

The new panels are hard to find (mine has only 25,000 km, but I've given up on the idea of keeping such low mileage), does anyone have an idea of what I can try?

I'm up for anything really. As long as I can ride it when it gets here I don't care.

Happy to switch to old panels, convert to chinese rip-offs, cbr 1000 rrs from the same period, hack the electronics, enything :)

Thank you all so much in advance for your help!
Cheers
Paul
and of course you need a MPH speedo to get past the rules&regs

As mentioned I think a speedo healer will do it but you will also have to put a sticker over the KPH

https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/mutual-recognition
 

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Speedo healer, what a good idea! Never used one, but do they adjust that far out of whack? Like to 62.54%?
If you read the website - one of the functions is an mph/kmh conversion at the press of a button.

it will also adjust the speedo between -99.9% and +9999.9%
 
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