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Hi guys, I really don't like the amount of play in the throttle currently, is there any way of reducing it to a more acceptable level? Thank you!
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Hi guys, I really don't like the amount of play in the throttle currently, is there any way of reducing it to a more acceptable level? Thank you!
If you start at your engine, idle screw/ throttle cam, follow the two cables, one has a waterproof cover over the adjustment, you do all your coarse adjustment here, take out the adjustment at the throttle grip , so it is almost minimum, the manual shows this in detail.
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You do want to be a bit careful here as if you get the cables too tight they will bind and you really don't want a sticky throttle. Plus if it's to tight you'll find that it's very hard to be smooth as the throttle be will jerky at low RPM and low gears the bike will lurch badly, I learned this the hard way.
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You do want to be a bit careful here as if you get the cables too tight they will bind and you really don't want a sticky throttle. Plus if it's to tight you'll find that it's very hard to be smooth as the throttle be will jerky at low RPM and low gears the bike will lurch badly, I learned this the hard way.
Very true, been there done that. I landed up going on YouTube and watching a couple of videos on how to do it. Will attempt it tomorrow. Thanks for your replies guys!
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According to service manual:

"Throttle Grip Free Play: 2-3 mm
If the throttle grip doesn’t return properly, check the throttle cable routing, grip free play, and cable damage. Then lubricate the throttle cable.
To adjust, loosen the locknut at the upper end of the accelerator cable. (under throttle grip) Turn the adjuster in completely so as to give the throttle grip plenty of play. Loosen the locknut at the middle of the decelerator cable. (see pic) Turn the adjuster until there is no play when the throttle grip is completely closed. Tighten the locknut. Turn the accelerator cable adjuster until the proper amount of throttle grip free play is obtained. Tighten the locknut."

You can easily adjust it at the mid-cable adjuster that runs over the engine.
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