Throttle cable snapped - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old Oct 10th, 2008, 1:22 pm Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 475
Throttle cable snapped

Throttle cable snapped on the road today. It was stiff and against the advice of people on this site I just greased it up. Lukily it snapped right by the throttle so I was able to attach a set of vice grips to it and use it as my throttle until I hit 30mph, then use the cruise.

Now the fun part - replacing the throttle cable
Caveno is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old Oct 11th, 2008, 12:40 am
Senior Member
 
tbarstow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA
Posts: 624
Re: Throttle cable snapped

Its not that bad. Do the upgrade and remember to move the throttle cable microswitch in toward the center of the bike.

Tim Barstow

2004 GSA Silver
2007 X Challenge
tbarstow is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old Oct 11th, 2008, 8:16 am
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Amarillo, TX, USA
Posts: 109
Re: Throttle cable snapped

The throttle cables were just one of the many casualties of my engine fire last May, so I have replaced mine also. I want to say it wasn't a big deal, but then, I had the entire bike ('03 LT) disassembled.

The upgrade throttle cables have no instructions included, but I have seen many posts and pictures on this forum describing the procedure - look around, or just ask. I've attached a service bulletin also.

There is one more suggestion that I haven't seen anyone else mention: When you take your grip off of the handlebar, polish up the handlebar surface. My handlebar was slightly rough, with a ridge of paint. I used a strip of 600gr wet/dry sandpaper, saturated with light oil, and polished the handlebar using a shoeshine-type motion with the sandpaper.

This seems to really slick up the throttle action. And like everyone says, use the teflon-based dry lube.

Let us know how it works...

Dave
Attached Files
File Type: pdf K1200 throttle cables.pdf (385.8 KB, 137 views)
File Type: pdf K1200LT Cruise Control.pdf (82.4 KB, 74 views)
DasBoat2003 is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 Old Oct 13th, 2008, 10:05 am Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 475
Re: Throttle cable snapped

Thanks a lot for those documents, made the job easier.

I didn't take off the grip because I didn't have to remove it for the new cable, and it didn't feel like it needed lubrication.

Installing the cable was pretty easy except when it came time to put the cable on the throttle switch, its very tight in there but my wife was able to stick it in, since her hands are much smaller.

I lubed up the cable by the grip, and its still a little stiff. This design is horrible. I think it will break in during the next few days.

The cable I bought was used, and I noticed 1 or 2 broken strands on the cable by the grip connector, and its making me a little nervous. Do u think that would be a problem down the road? I don't want the cable to snap again!
Caveno is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old Oct 13th, 2008, 10:48 am
Senior Member
 
mtrevelino's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Williamsburg, VA, USA
Posts: 2,569
Re: Throttle cable snapped

Quote:
Originally Posted by Caveno
The cable I bought was used, and I noticed 1 or 2 broken strands on the cable by the grip connector, and its making me a little nervous. Do u think that would be a problem down the road? I don't want the cable to snap again!
Installing a used cable with broken strands is asking for trouble. Why not just buy the new "improved" cable and be done with it?

Mike Trevelino
Williamsburg, VA
2008 RT - Sold December 2019
2000 LT - Totaled at 99,960 miles


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mtrevelino is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old Oct 13th, 2008, 12:43 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 14,436
Re: Throttle cable snapped

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtrevelino
Installing a used cable with broken strands is asking for trouble. Why not just buy the new "improved" cable and be done with it?
I agree, Mike. When I took ole Toad in for the throttle cable upgrade, in response to the TSB that covered the work back in '03, the mechanic showed me the grip end of the original cable and there were only 2 strands left intact!! Said he - "glad you weren't planning a long trip." His eyes got a leetle big when I said I have CCR Gatlinburg on the calendar!!!!
Dick is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old Oct 13th, 2008, 3:19 pm
Senior Member
 
sully2028's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hillsborough, NJ, USA
Posts: 245
Re: Throttle cable snapped

Here is an excellent pictoral on throttle cable replacement by Dave Nicks -
http://picasaweb.google.com/dtnicks/...bleReplacement

Dan Sullivan
2011 vStrom DL650
1999 K1200LTC
Hillsborough, NJ
sully2028 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Throttle cable replacement notes johnrehder K1200LT 26 Aug 8th, 2013 7:54 am
Question - LT Throttle Cable Service Bulletin? DRM K1200LT 20 Aug 20th, 2008 7:26 pm
Throttle cable snapped TXMO K1200LT 2 Jun 11th, 2008 12:01 pm

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome