Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA
Re: common to have the throttle cable break?
Sorry to hear about your mechanical difficulties. If you haven't upgraded to the new style throttle cables, I believe the breaking was a common occurance, as was having a right forearm like Popeye. I had the cable break on me in while I was riding from Reno, NV, to Los Angeles. I managed to use the cruise control to go the next 200 miles. I would have gone further, but someone put a stop sign in the middle of nowhere and there happened to be another car at the intersection, so I had to stop and do my work around there.
The GS is a great bike, depending on what you want to do with it. You can do long touring on it, but you'll miss a few things from the LT, like cruise control, built in radio, and wind/weather protection. You can off road with it, but do realize that its a 600 pound monster and takes a lot of work to ride it off the pavement.
After the throttle cable upgrade and getting your rear drive leak fixed, I'd ride the LT for another 10k miles and see if it still "moves" me.
2004 GSA Silver
2007 X Challenge