2 questions about the right side handlebar

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2 questions about the right side handlebar

Post by goldminerusa » Thu May 24, 2012 7:42 pm

Question 1. On my`82 1100 standard, the throttle doesn`t snap closed when i release the grip. I replaced both cables (Honda dealer) using the Wingadmin method, the grip is free to rotate and no work has been done to the carbs. Do new Honda cables need to be lubed? What can i do without pulling the carbs? The bike came to me with broken cables so i dont have a baseline. And 2. The right side of the handle bar is slightly bent towards the left, (ctr of bike) like the bike fell against a wall and hit the end of the throttle and gave it a push. There`s no dent or kink in the tube. (again the bike came to me this way), i just noticed it doing the final checks before its next maiden voyage. Does somebody have a trick or suggestion for bending it back?

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Re: 2 questions about the right side handlebar

Post by WingAdmin » Fri May 25, 2012 9:35 am

It's a good idea to use cable lube on new cables - either dedicated motorcycle cable lubricant, or (my preference) graphite dry lubricant, which doesn't pick up dust or dirt like wet lubricants.

Is the grip perhaps pushed up too far against the brake/switch control group on the handlebar from when it fell against the wall? It could just need to have the grip pulled outward a small amount to reduce friction.

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Re: 2 questions about the right side handlebar

Post by seabee_ » Fri May 25, 2012 9:56 am

I agree with you wingadmin, I would try backing the throttle grip out some. The last time I replaced my foam grips I put the grip back on just a bitt too far and had the same symptom.
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Re: 2 questions about the right side handlebar

Post by moffat » Fri May 25, 2012 10:00 am

Had a similar problem with my 1982 interstate after replacing a throttle control cable .
Be careful putting the throttle twist grip/starter button /kill swich unit back on the handlebar-there is a small locating pin on it and it fits into a matching hole in the handlebar. If the three screws holding the assembly together are tightened up and the locating pin is not in the hole then the unit will distort putting pressure on the throttle unit causing it to be stiff.
Hope this helps

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