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Shadow's thread of ADVENTURE!

Damn, today was just a perfect day, in every way. Sunny and in the 60's.... Hope met up with me this morning so we could go riding, she's been pining to go out for a couple weeks now (she's a wuss with the cold, actually put her Spyder up for the winter...Pshaw!)

Anyhow, we met up. I needed to go to south Denver (about 40 miles) to run an errand so she came along. After that, we figured out that a friend of ours from Nebraska (sorry, not doug...a different friend) Anyway, our friend was in a town called Sterling, about 150 miles northeast of Denver out where the flatlanders & farmers live....so we took off! Got there around 4, hung out for a bit and then we all went to a great little mexican restaurant for dinner. After dinner, Hope and I took off for home, and it was a glorious sundowner ride headed back west, just absolutely gorgeous! We stopped in a little town for gas and then got back on the highway when it happened....

....There we were, a 130 miles from home, and my clutch cable decided to give up the ghost. Damn. Fuck. Shit. ...well, at least I was on the superslab so no stoplights to hassle with for about 120 miles, just gassed up, I've practiced clutchless shifting, so I'm pretty good to go! Now it's dusk...getting dark. hmm....keep on keepin on.

Hope needed to get home, so I told her to send out the search party if she didn't hear from me and off she went. Now I'm 100 miles from home, in the dark. with a goddam broken cable. oh well, keep on going.


I planned my route out in my head to minimize the stoplights I'd encounter along the way, going about 15 miles out of my way, but staying with the interstate until I could hit the surface highway near my house...made the exit onto the highway no prob...until about 10 miles from home, the highway is being shut down for road construction for the night...FUCK! well, I made it in the nick of time, before the road got shut down for good, and made it to the exit nearest my house. only 3stoplights to sweat...made the 1st one, timed the light and then turned at the second one....3rd one turns yellow then red just as I get to it, and there's cross-traffic so I can't run it....so I had to stop.


Well, I'm on a flat section of road. I cant run alongside the bike and then hop on very well cause I have luggage attached. I get it in neutral and start paddling my feet like Fred Flintstone, but just can't quite get going quick enough to pop into gear and take off. I push along for about 200 yards, and then turn off on a side street...the side street is headed uphill into a residential neighborhood. ...but I'm only 1.5 miles from home!

I take a minute to rest. As I 'm standing there in the dark, I look around and realize the the hill crests after about 50 yards, and then goes downhill for about 300 yards! Hooray!!!

Hop on the bike, ignition on...in neutral...paddle, paddle, paddle....pop into gear...Vroom Vroom!!!

a couple minutes later, I coast into the driveway, made it home in one piece!

Task for tomorrow, locate a new clutch cable. TWO new cables in fact! (AH-AH-AH!) so that I'll have a spare for the next time this happens, if ever.

Anybody have some good advice on the best place to get this from, assuming that the local stealer will want $40-$50??? I've seen em listed on ebay pretty cheap, like $15 or so....but they are probly gonna be on the slow boat from China. I'd like em reasonably priced, and reasonably fast..which means FAST!

Anyway, that was my day of adventure and fun...hope you enjoyed reading about it.

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-17-2010, 12:45 AM
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Glad ya made it without too much drama...

Seriously...Glad ya made it!

The Iron butt competitions must be nothing to you guys Doesn't sound right no matter how I type it....

I don't think a clutch cable is something you should have to carry with you, but a crimp on end with plyers might not be a bad idea





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Glad ya made it without too much drama...

Seriously...Glad ya made it!

The Iron butt competitions must be nothing to you guys Doesn't sound right no matter how I type it....

I don't think a clutch cable is something you should have to carry with you, but a crimp on end with plyers might not be a bad idea
Thanks, i am too. I could have been still out walking somewhere! The pliers trick only works if the cable breaks right near the end, where you can grab it...right?

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Try Ron Ayers for a new one. Or your local dealer.

One trick is to buy a spare and run it along with the new one. That way if you ever break the main one you just disconnect it and hook up the spare.

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Thanks, i am too. I could have been still out walking somewhere! The pliers trick only works if the cable breaks right near the end, where you can grab it...right?
Yeah, pretty much. Usually does break at the end, but which end....

Either way, you should be able to inspect your cables and see if they have issues. If they show any fray or wear (rust, corrosion, bends/kinks), just replace them. I've always thought if I've had to re-lube them much, or if they siezed more than once, it may be a good time to replace them too. But then again, I need help....

I'm just glad ya made it safely, lots of people woulda been calling the tow truck, or having unfortunate endings to the trip...





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Custom weld job on OEM header, to enable use of center stand and GSXR exhaust
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Custom LED Rear lights w/ Vizi-tech flasher
Competition Works Fender Eliminator, modified
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Glad you were able to ride it home. Just curious if you regularly lubed it?...and where did it break?

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Ok, here's the update...The cable broke where Mtnceguy figured it did, just shy of the lever. I had never lubed it prior to my trip out to Virginia last fall, but the shop I took it to for a once over after I bought it did that for me. by the time I got back it was noticeably harder to pull...I've lubed it regularly since then. After talking to the prior owner, I know he never lubed it ever in the 6 years he owned it...and it's lived outside most of it's life, besides, based on the faded color of the hand controls. his words: "you need to lube those?" To be fair, he did do good maintenance otherwise based on the records he kept.

The cable did have noticeable wear where it eventually broke, I knew it was only a matter of time. I have read everything on the subject I could find here on WT, but I have never read how often it should be lubed. I've been lubing it in time with my chain maintenance. Also, what's a good mileage expectation to get from a clutch cable?




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Ok, confession time. I've never lubed a cable.

Actually, I've owned the 9er less than a year, and my previous bikes had teflon cables that didn't require lube. Question: Does the 919 also have teflon cables, or are they old-school cables that require lube? (Yes, I know some folks lube regardless of cable type, but that's not the question.)

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Ok, confession time. I've never lubed a cable.

Actually, I've owned the 9er less than a year, and my previous bikes had teflon cables that didn't require lube. Question: Does the 919 also have teflon cables, or are they old-school cables that require lube? (Yes, I know some folks lube regardless of cable type, but that's not the question.)
simple answer, I would recommend lubing the cables on your 919

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