Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA
My Oh My Oh My!
As many of you who have made the improvements before me, I would like to pass on my opinion on my recent throttle cable and shock upgrades.
I started the afternoon Tuesday before Thanksgiving, removing that outer skin designed to fit our sleek but powerful happy machines. By the next day I had installed the new throttle cables and after minor adjustments determined that the large forearm muscle which I had developed over the last year of ownership of my pleasure ride would soon become atrophied, as those new cables were so smooth and moved "just like butta".
Now on to the front shock. Unable to commit time on Thanksgiving and the day after, I made plans to start the front shock replacement on Saturday. But you know what they say, "the best laid plans of mice and men", I had to spend much of the day caring for my 4 yr old grandson, so I decided to make that day a "do absolutely nothing day" but sit and watch what ever I (HE) want to watch on TV. The next day I was able to install the front and rear shock plus start reinstalling the steering head cover, handle bar covers, and radio stingray.
My plans were to then start on the slave cylinder repair and drill the ever so important weep hole. But again work and family commitments delayed my plans.
Mind you now, I have a three car garage and on the single car side I have a workshop area and a parking spot for the "Red Dragon". As there is not enough room to do this detailed work, I had to eradicate my wife's car from the sole parking spot in the two car side and she was getting a little short having a cold car in the morning. The "Dragon" had been down now for a couple of weeks and with Christmas rapidly approaching I had to make the decision to button everything up and do the slave cylinder after Christmas. On Saturday I was able to drive about three miles to test the improvements and immediately noticed the vast improvement in the suspension. Tonight, however, I had to help a fellow Blue Knight with his disabled Suzuki (bad battery) and I was able to put about 20 miles on the happy seat. Four of those with two up. I am absolutely here to tell you that I am very very happy and more relaxed with the greatly improved suspension and the throttle movement.
I have only one minor problem and those of you who "have traveled where no man has traveled before" will surly be able to guide me for the corrections. While using the C.C. now, If I encounter a bump or rough road the C.C. will shut off. How do I adust that? I did not change anything on the clutch handle play or the brake handle or foot lever play.
So if you are hesitating to replace the shocks because of the cost, I vote it is well worth the money.
99 Canyon Red Lt
"The True Red Dragon"
1982 Honda "Silver Wing"
1986 Gold Wing Interstate "Blue Babe"
1978 Gold Wing
1976 Kawasaki 900
1967 Honda 305 Scrambler