Stiff throttle grip


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Stiff throttle grip

Postby emt613 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:06 pm



Just bought an 83 Aspencade with less than 30k on it..... The only operation problem so far is a stiff or tight throttle grip. It does not want to return when you let go. Is there any way to lube the cables, or remove and clean the grip itself? Is there a possibility that one of the cables is broken?



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Re: Stiff throttle grip

Postby Jeeper » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:23 pm

Not meaning to be a smart reply, but your throttle lock isn't engaged is it? It should be a lever next to the throttle.

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Re: Stiff throttle grip

Postby emt613 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:23 am

Throttle lock has been removed, so I am really up in the air on this one.

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Re: Stiff throttle grip

Postby Jeeper » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:10 pm

I would go with cleaning the cables first. They should be fairly straight forward to remove, then you can clean and lubricate them properly. Shouldn't take too long to do both cables. I wouldn't think one is broken but you will find out if you pull them off to clean them.

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Re: Stiff throttle grip

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:42 am

Could also be a broken "push" cable. But like he said, you'll find this out quickly once you pull it apart to lube the cables.

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Re: Stiff throttle grip

Postby emt613 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:28 pm

Pretty sure the problem is fixed,,,, here is what I found. Between the inboard end of the throttle grip and the housing for the starter button etc, there is a space of approximately 4mm. A foam rubber ring had been placed in this space. Apparently over the years this had become soaked in fluids and collected a lot of dirt. When this foam piece was removed,,,,,,CA CHING,,,,,everything worked like it is supposed to. Thanks for the tips. Look forward to being part of this forum. Roy

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Re: Stiff throttle grip

Postby tumunga » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:16 pm

My cables did that when I first bought my bike a couple years ago. I just said to hell with it, and spent $40 on new Motion Pro cables. Works like new.
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Re: Stiff throttle grip

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:40 am

I've got those foam rings as well, when I replaced the grips a couple years back they came with new ones, so I replaced them then. I guess they're to keep water from getting in there in the rain?




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