Needing some assistance getting this one road worthy.

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  1. sojerguy

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    Still deciding on the windscreen. Thanks all that posted on that.

    Now the bike. A 2005 Rocket III purchased from MzLizz a few years back. Things happening prevented my getting it on the road for a few years (prison and jail time were NOT involved in the delay :) ) . So new battery, some fresh fuel, and it turned right over and fired up. Turn signals, tail lights high and low beams, instrument lighting, neutral light, oil warning light and tach all work.

    The horn, speedometer, trip meter and reset do not. Looked in the owners manual and didn't find a clear listing of the fuses. What might the problem be?

    Pertinent info from the bike's listing are shown here.

    Had upgrade kit fitted.
    Triumph Clock
    Triumph Fuel Gauge
    12 volt plug
    Connection for phone or GPS
     
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    The speedo is likely toast. My brother ran into the same issues on his 06 Classic. The dealer can check it I believe. The horn probably is a grounding problem or the switch is crusty.
     
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    The manual I have shows that fuse #5 controls the instruments but also the fuel pump, main power and starter relays, so IMO if the bike is running it's not the fuse causing the issue with the speedo. I have no idea if the possible internal corrosion from our damp NW weather could cause issues or if said issues can be corrected. At the very least make sure the connection is tight and corrosion free. Hell, take it off, take the cover off (careful it's brittle plastic) and soak it in a bag of rice, what do you have to lose? It did work prior to parking the bike, right?
    If possible try hooking another horn up to check if the circuit is good. The horn not working might also be the horn itself from the bike sitting for so long. SOMETIMES they can be fixed by loosening the adjustment screw on the back (if there is one) and applying power to loosen the diaphragm. Other times spraying the hell out of the internals with WD-40 and smacking it on a hard surface may break it loose.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of Rockets end up sitting waiting for the owners to get back to them. Off the top of my head there's Miami Dave's, Sojerguy's and Bishop's. Mine also spent the last few years getting minimal use while I screwed around with wiring issues. Yet we don't part with them.
     
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    Hard to part with something that puts a grin on your face every time you roll out of the driveway....
     
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    Especially for the money. My 2010 Roadster is worth maybe 7 grand if I could find a buyer. Not a lot of bikes offer the same amount of silliness for the dollars spent.
     
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    Well I believe I've found a) an interested and qualified bike mechanic to do a trace on my wiring harness and perhaps locate the source of the power outage on my speedo/tach. If its not repairable, then I've found a used speedo/tach for a $425 that can be installed. If I go with the second route how does one reset the odometer mileage to what that bike had originally?

    Thanks
     
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    You don't, you'll have to note the discrepancy if you sell it.
     
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    I also would trade out the fuses. An inexpensive try. Exchange each fuse, even though they look good. I have had a fused be "bad" and still look "good". That is a $5 trouble shoot instead of the $450 for a new speedo.
    The bad news is that theres a good chane the speedo is toast. My speedo went bad and it had a bad horn at the time. I thought the horn was the button, because direct electric made the horn honk. I disassembled the horn button and no better.
    I gave in to the speedo replacement (dealer gave me a $400) price and all was well.
    See if there is a good one (at the dealer?) Maybe a used rocket on the floor? That they would allow a test swap.
     
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