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post #1 of 8 Old Dec 10th, 2006, 11:36 pm Thread Starter
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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.

Rob Asay
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post #2 of 8 Old Dec 11th, 2006, 12:47 am
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Rob,

I know what you mean. Shocks and throttle cables can transform a bike.

BTW, what are you doing on Sunday the 17th? I'll be in Scottsdale, and I've drilled a weep hole or two in my day.

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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.
Rob, sounds like you are a happy camper with your improvements. I am in the process of getting my new 05 cables installed.

What type of shocks did you install? I understand that Ohlins and Wilbers are the two most commonly used.

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I am not for sure but I remember reading on the forum that there is a sensor or switch on the throttle side for the cruise control. Not sure how to do adjustments.
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I hate reading about throttle cable replacemants because I want it more and more.

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-------------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.-------------
First thing to try is to make sure you have at least 1/16" free play in the cable at the throttle grip when the throttle is released.

If it still does it, remove the left fairing and be sure the cables are routed in the clips on the fan shroud so that the closing cable is free from rubbing against anything like the wiring harness on the throttle rail, and that the fairing does not push on it when re-installed. If it cannot move easily in and out of the mount by the spring force against it, you will have CC cancel switch problems.

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post #7 of 8 Old Dec 11th, 2006, 10:53 pm Thread Starter
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James, I purchased the Ohlins, but I am sure the Webers are just as efficent.

Dave, I will check what you have suggested and report later if that does not solve the problem.

Rob Asay
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James, I purchased the Ohlins, but I am sure the Webers are just as efficent.

Dave, I will check what you have suggested and report later if that does not solve the problem.
Rob, it looks like a lot of people prefer the Ohlins over Wilburs (?spelling). Thanks for the report and good luck in getting the CC to function as it should. Sorry I couldn't be any help. I am in the process of getting my cables put back together and may be trailing you with the same problem.

I'll keep an eye out for your report.

Regards,

James

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