Clutch cable blues
On Friday my wife and I set out on what was supposed to be a 4-day weekend trip. Our first 2-up overnight trip on the 2008 V that I got (used) in November.
Friday evening, trolling around a town looking for a motel, I pulled in the clutch and felt it "give" a little. I knew immediately what was wrong; the clutch cable was coming apart.
I pulled over and checked it out. Yep, loose strands of cable at the lever. It was going fast.
We chose to continue on as best we could, shifting without the clutch. We headed toward Sacramento and got a motel a few miles away, but close to the freeway.
On Saturday morning I called around to 3 Kawasaki dealers. No one had a cable and no one would attempt a repair (something you could get done in the old days).
Since I had an unknown number of clutch pulls before it went completely, we decided to go home. I drove about 150 miles, into our driveway with one pull of the clutch (because we stopped to add clothes when the weather changed). I had tried to only use the clutch to start from a stop, and tried to catch neutral if I had to stop (that didn't always work). Once underway, all shifts done clutchless, and a couple of stop signs that I "cruised" through.
Anyway, my advice is: Lube that cable, and grease up the barrel at the lever. Also carry a spare.
Otherwise, it can ruin a perfectly good vacation. As it was, we had a nice 2-day 500 mile trip. It wasn't all bad.
And I did a forum search for "clutch cable". This also happened to someone else last month, so it's not just me, although I'm the one who didn't lube the cable.
Last edited by michael95453; 09-19-2010 at 07:53 PM.