Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Guilford, CT, USA
BMW recommends NOT lubing the cables. You have an '05, so you have the updated and improved cables, no reason that they should be sticking or needing to be lubricated. As Channing said, it's probably an adjustment issue. But if someone has been working on the bike recently, it may be that the cables were not routed correctly, or that a cable tie was put in the wrong place, which can cause binding. The cable(s) may be frayed, but that would be very unusual. I'd start with the adjustment check and move from there.
'99 Canyon Red K1200 LT - Buddah Bike