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Old 06-14-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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new cable time

right at 10k miles and I noticed my cable started to fray away. glad I caught it before I was away from home and stranded!
i remember a couple months back someone got stranded in Galveston cause their cable broke.
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, I've got 30,000 on mine but I don't use it to upshift
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, I've got 30,000 on mine but I don't use it to upshift

So is that equivalent to 15,000 miles then?
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So is that equivalent to 15,000 miles then?
No, because when I do use it I double clutch
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, I've got 30,000 on mine but I don't use it to upshift
I've also got one crash on this cable, not sure it that adds anything
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I've also got one crash on this cable, not sure it that adds anything
Depends on if the bike was sliding on the cable
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For some reason Kawasaki cables don't last.
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got standed in the middle of 149 one time on my old cb with a broke cable... good thing those bikes are easy to mend, flat head, plier, and a phillips head. i turned my push cable into my throttle cable. definitely a weird ride back, instead of turning the throttle inward, i had to turn it outward to rev it.
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got standed in the middle of 149 one time on my old cb with a broke cable... good thing those bikes are easy to mend, flat head, plier, and a phillips head. i turned my push cable into my throttle cable. definitely a weird ride back, instead of turning the throttle inward, i had to turn it outward to rev it.


mine popped when i was about 3 blocks from my house, never worked on bikes other then oil and what not. the hard part was waiting 2 weeks for a cable to come in. went out there with a tool box and had my cable installed in 15 minutes
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I don't know if I read this here or at advrider or what. But it's a pretty decent idea.

On cable clutched bikes, while are you are replacing the first cable, go ahead and install two clutch cables (or if the old one hasn't popped yet, leave it in place and just hook up the new one). Just zip tie the second cable out of the way.

That way if you have the first cable pop for whatever reason, you just have to connect the second cable, instead of being stranded there, followed by a tow, followed by waiting for FedEx to deliver a cable. Most cables are not only low cost, but also just slip into their fittings and don't require (many) tools most of the time.

Conversely, you could also just carry a small nut and bolt in a baggy under your seat that fits into the clutch handle cable pocket. If you have a popped cable, you can just attach the nut and bolt to the frayed end and stick it in the pocket and get home instead of being stranded.

Also, they sell cable lubing tools that work 'okay'. I used to hit my cable with some cable/chainlube when I cleaned and oiled my chain.
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For some reason Kawasaki cables don't last.
Good thing Im replacing it with a OEM Kawi cable.

It started to fray at the part that goes into the clutch cable
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...rode home once 25 miles w/o a clutch cable, not a fun experience.
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hmmm... ya'll are making me start to wonder about my 23k mile kawi cables.
Maybe some preventative maintenance is in order.
Or can I just keep an eye for fraying? Will I see something before it spontaneously snaps?
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hmmm... ya'll are making me start to wonder about my 23k mile kawi cables.
Maybe some preventative maintenance is in order.
Or can I just keep an eye for fraying? Will I see something before it spontaneously snaps?
Yes. They typically fray at the top by the clutch perch.
Pull the clutch lever in and look at the cable for signs of fraying.
Also inspect the clutch release end down by the engine with the clutch lever otu for the same thing.
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A little dab of lubricant goes a long way.

There should be a nylon bushing in the lever that allows the cable to pivot. Once that starts binding the cable is not long in the world.
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I've also got one crash on this cable, not sure it that adds anything
If the crash is on the clutch side, it very well could have. My neighbor's Road King clutch cable snapped too a couple of weeks ago. He just bought it last year and doesn't have that many miles on it either, but... he did say he laid in down on the clutch side during moto-officer qualification training week.
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