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post #1 of 39 Old 09-10-2006, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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How long clutch cable last?

I got 13k on my 05 919 and last weekend the clutch cable pulling out of the peg up on the lever side of the cable. I am thinking this is a fluke but just wondering if any one else have this problem?

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Did you ever lube the cable? Should last for years if taken care of.

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+1 on the cable lube. It's also a good idea to keep a spare under your seat becuase it sucks not havng a clutch.

I lube mine and change it every 15K miles reguardless. After I replace it, I cut it open to inspect the damage.

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i have 13k on mine, no problems. one thing i do as a matter of course, however, (regardless of bike) is run a 2nd clutch cable along side the first. you never know when you are going to lose it. switch both ends out and voila. i never knew my dad was so smart!!

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i have 13k on mine, no problems. one thing i do as a matter of course, however, (regardless of bike) is run a 2nd clutch cable along side the first. you never know when you are going to lose it. switch both ends out and voila. i never knew my dad was so smart!!
Tricky! Was it kinda lame having an extra cable danglin' there for the last 13,000 miles? I don't know about you guys but I know I can ride my bike without a clutch cable... at least good enough to get home. Do you tie a spare set of sneakers to your laces when you jog? Carry a backup wallet in your other back pocket? Just messin'! I think it's a keen idea if I was running the Paris to Dakar Rally. Anyway....

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Ya I have lubed it, probably not enough as I should. I just thinking it was a fluke to go this quick. My last bike I had 20k and clutch cable was still like new.


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Did you ever lube the cable? Should last for years if taken care of.

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it isnt dangling, if you can ride your bike without a clutch and are able to stop/start then i applaud you. i guess i need some more practice and will start with the extra shoes

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Make sure you buy a cable luber so you can get the lube all the way through the cable to the other end. I still have the stock cable on mine.

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Got my cable yesterday.. Thanks www.mrcycles.com. Now where can you buy a cable luber?

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Make sure you buy a cable luber so you can get the lube all the way through the cable to the other end. I still have the stock cable on mine.

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Several years back I rode a Yamaha XS650... infact I rode it for years and years. Was the best P.O.S. bike for a broke person... if ya know what I mean? I must have installed 10 clutch cables on that machine while I owned it from 1987 til just this last Spring. I had not had to replace the clutch cable on it since 1993. Now it wasn't ridden much for the last several years... but I think the main factor was simply this, exposure. That is, I stopped riding it all year round. In the rain & snow, and I started parking it in a covered area. Car port, garage, etc. My 9er has 20k miles now and I have not had any issues with the clutch cable. It has never spent a night out of the garage or ever been left parked in the rain for more than a few minutes. Consider the detrimental effects of water in all the wrong places. That poor XS650 was left outside for months at a time. It sat on a pier once for 3 solid months, uncovered, while I was underway in the Pacific somewhere. So many issues can be attributed to water, corrosion and basic exposure. Moral, keep it dry if you can. If you can't, keep it lubed.. and if parts fail, buy new parts.

As for riding without a clutch.. or more specifically without the ability to disengage the clutch. The trick is to always get neutral before you stop.. and get the bike rolling before you smack it into gear. I didn't say it was pretty... but I promise you this.. no way I am walking just cuz of a clutch cable.

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My clutch cable has never failed on me.
Um.. Hydraulic clutch?

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Moral, keep it dry if you can. If you can't, keep it lubed.. and if parts fail, buy new parts.
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Got my cable yesterday.. Thanks www.mrcycles.com. Now where can you buy a cable luber?
You should be able to pick one up at your local dealer. Or you can always google it and order one online.

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Those cable lubers are on eBay too for about $5.

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27,000+ miles with no clutch cable replacement... although this thread now worries me... i dont lube it much either..

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I've got 22k with no lubing at all. Might be time to look into this...

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I've got 22k with no lubing at all. Might be time to look into this...
22k and you never lubed your cable what a lonely dude...

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22k and you never lubed your cable what a lonely dude...
Hey, I said I never lubed it. Somebody else may have done the honors...

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Well I think mine was a fluke on the cable. I will see what happens on the next cable. New cable in and running good now for about 200 miles so far.

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Thought i would contribute to this one thread, since i discovered today that my clutch cable is hanging by a thread. This is an 02 919
  • I've never lubed it
  • 30k miles on it
  • ridden in the rain about 4 times

I'm not sure lube would have helped this one... as it seems the cable housing is the nemesis here.

I only noticed this because i had decided to lube the cable since i just returned from a rather lenghty ride partially in the rain. the cable looked fine until i slipped it out of the clutch arm framus. The wear point is on the underside of the cable where apparently it's been rubbing against housing. Glad i caught this as i was plaining to ride it a few hundred miles away from home in a couple of weekends.


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Nice catch, but holy thread resurrection!

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This topic popping up just now seems very Ironic to me...I was just discussing this with a couple guys yesterday...

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That reminds me... gotta lube mine again! Got 14k on the 2nd one now...

BTW The lube kit is finally available at my local dealer!

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Make sure you buy a cable luber so you can get the lube all the way through the cable to the other end. I still have the stock cable on mine.
usually take the cable off both sides.... smoke a fatty and put a drop at a time down the cable 3 in 1 oil..before i know it ,its dripping out the other end

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Or you could wrap a baggie (tape works) around the up end of the cable with some oil in hold it up and let it gravity feed. Have you seen the youtube vid of the guy using that tool with spray lube? hilarious the mess he makes.

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Original cable on an 02 bike here, its ridden in all weathers and i lube it at least once a year...............you may also like to know its best to lube your throttle cable to.......if you have ever tried to remove your throttle bodies you will know the cable is a pain in the ass to get at!!!........................ keep em lubed guys.

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you could buy a vfr......... hydraulic clutch.... ...



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Mine went at 16K, no lube since new.


And it only went because I'm stupid. I put different bars on, and didn't realize that they caused the cable to kink. I'll one-up, that, though. The kinked cable wasn't releasing all the way, and the slipping killed my clutch. Needless to say, I'm on a new EBC clutch, a new OEM cable, and stock bars.

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Or you could wrap a baggie (tape works) around the up end of the cable with some oil in hold it up and let it gravity feed. Have you seen the youtube vid of the guy using that tool with spray lube? hilarious the mess he makes.
baggie and tape great idea...i did see the youtube vid...think he had it on wrong what a mess is right

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I bought one of those cable lube tools and the first time I used it it made a mess. After that I started wrapping some teflon tape around the cable at the ends where the tool seals to help it seal better. Using it like that, a couple of squirts and it comes out the lower end with no mess.

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Mine went at 16K, no lube since new.


And it only went because I'm stupid. I put different bars on, and didn't realize that they caused the cable to kink. I'll one-up, that, though. The kinked cable wasn't releasing all the way, and the slipping killed my clutch. Needless to say, I'm on a new EBC clutch, a new OEM cable, and stock bars.
Ha ha! Holding it too tight and not releasing is bad!

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Tricky! Was it kinda lame having an extra cable danglin' there for the last 13,000 miles? I don't know about you guys but I know I can ride my bike without a clutch cable... at least good enough to get home. Do you tie a spare set of sneakers to your laces when you jog? Carry a backup wallet in your other back pocket? Just messin'! I think it's a keen idea if I was running the Paris to Dakar Rally. Anyway....
Rereading this thread after 2 years.. I gotta say, I cracked myself up reading my own post. Sorry, but I was pretty funny. Anyway, I forgot to mention, 2yrs ago, that I was terrible at adjusting the clutch cable of the XS650 so I always had it way to tight. Too tight will surely contribute to a cables early demise. Still on my original clutch cable on the 9er.. close to 25k now.

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I bought one of those cable lube tools and the first time I used it it made a mess. After that I started wrapping some teflon tape around the cable at the ends where the tool seals to help it seal better. Using it like that, a couple of squirts and it comes out the lower end with no mess.
The dual set screw unit (Motion Pro) works much better that the single set screw unit.
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The dual set screw unit (Motion Pro) works much better that the single set screw unit.
Good to know. I have the single screw one. I'll get one of them next time I have order something.

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I had to replace mine once, a lot has to do with how much you use it (doh!).

If you have a lot of highways miles with few shifts, the cable could last untold miles.

If you ride around town, lots of starts and stops, make a few trips to the drag strip or just use it a lot, well, you know......

Anyway, these days, we are so fortunate. Many of you are too young to remember the old cables, the ones with metal sheaths - modern cables have plastic sheathes, the part the actual cable rides against - Kind of like a lining.

The old school cables, metal on metal baby, you had to lube them a lot and they still never lasted very long.

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Just a heads-up on cable lube. This stuff is BY FAR the BEST cable lube I have ever used. Super slippery, awsome residual value and very little goes a long ways.
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