Cool. Now you can get a new one with 0 miles on it. You ain't gonna find a 52,000 mile speedo on ebay I bet. I'm keeping my 41,000 mile speedo. Find a used one on ebay & hook it to a reversing electric drill for about a month. Ouch.
Yes, the needle can just be removed & replaced, it's just held in place by friction (speedo axle has a slight taper at the tip, and the needle has a matching taper on the inner surface). Not sure where you'd find a replacement, though. I've removed needles from tachs & speedos as part of instrument restorations I've done. The hard part is usually figuring out how to open up the case. I haven't' tried this on any recent bikes, the ones I've done are from the 70s, but hopefully the design of the cases hasn't changed much. I've damaged a few of the cases getting them opened, but I didn't worry because I was going to restore them anyway.
The speedo bezels are rolled on and a devil of a job to get off If you can get that done you have to get the needle back on in the right place as the armature that the needle fits onto is sprung by a hair spring to the stop You have to put it correctly otherwise the speedo will read wrong Best to take it to a Pro.
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