Travel at speeds appropriate for road and conditions and never travel faster than posted speed limit. Excessive speed can cause loss of vehicle control, which could result in death or serious injury. (00008a)
See Figure 1. The speedometer registers miles per hour (U.S. models only) or kilometers per hour (international models only) of forward speed. The odometer registers the number of miles/kilometers the vehicle has traveled.
The electronic speedometer has a single display window for both the odometer and trip-odometer.
  1. Press the function switch to change the display window on the speedometer face to either odometer or trip-odometer.
  2. To reset the trip-odometer to zero, press button to reset speedometer display to the ODOMETER mode and hold the button in for approximately 2-3 seconds. The speedometer will switch to the trip-odometer mode and reset the display to zero.
See OPERATING RECOMMENDATIONS section. Do not operate the engine above maximum safe RPM as shown under OPERATION (red zone on tachometer). Lower the RPM by upshifting to a higher gear or reducing the amount of throttle. Failure to lower RPM may cause equipment damage. (00159a)
The tachometer (if applicable) registers the engine speed in revolutions per minute (RPM).
Trip Odometer
Use the trip-odometer A or trip-odometer B to register number of miles/kilometers traveled on a trip or between refueling.
Odometer will display mileage when bike is OFF when function switch is pressed. There is no need to turn the bike on to check the odometer reading.
Never attempt to tamper with or alter the vehicle odometer. This is illegal. Tampering with or altering a vehicle odometer may cause equipment damage. (00160a)
Tip Indicator Lamp
If tip occurs, check all controls for proper operation. Restricted control movement can adversely affect the performance of the brakes, clutch or ability to shift, which could result in loss of vehicle control and death or serious injury. (00350a)
Should motorcycle be tipped over, the word "tip" will appear in the odometer window. Engine will not start until reset. To reset, cycle ignition/headlamp key switch ON-OFF-ON.
2Function switch (back of gauge)
3Security system lamp
4Odometer (right side of window)
5Trip odometer (left side of window)
6Battery lamp
7Check engine lamp
Figure 1. Speedometer/Odometer: XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom
2Function switch (back of gauge)
4Security system lamp
5Odometer (right side of window)
6Trip odometer (left side of window)
7Battery lamp
8Check engine lamp
Figure 2. Speedometer/Odometer and Tachometer: XL 1200R Sportster 1200 Roadster