Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
Re: Throttle Tension
Now, John, that is just NOT helpful. I'm going to demonstrate how to post a polite reply. Take notes.
Hello, Jim, and welcome to the forum. You'll find lots of helpful people here, and a wealth of information representing the collective experience of hundreds of LT riders. Let me point out the "Technical" link at the top of the page, and the "FAQ", "Hall of Wisdom" (often abbreviated "HoW" in posts) and the "Accessories" links in the dropdown menu. The "Articles" link will also take you to some very helpful articles, with photos, showing how to perform maintenance and to install certain accessories. The site has a search feature that will turn up scads of posts on almost any question you can think of. This is not to discourage you from posting a question, but they are site resources available to you as a tool.
The forum also provides opportunities for LT riders to get together for rides and "tech sessions" where you can learn to service your bike and install "farkles" (gizmos and accessories). Check out the regional forum for your area of the country for that. The community's annual rally, the Curve Cowboy Reunion ("CCR", no affiliation with Creedence) moves around every year and is worth checking out. See the "Reunion" link at top right for more info.
I happen to agree with you that the LT has a heavy throttle compared to other bikes I have ridden. I also agree with the other replies that upgrading the cables to the newer design introduced on the 2005 bikes often makes a significant improvement in the throttle effort and smoothness. I have a 1999 model that had a really stiff and sticky throttle. John helped me to install the upgraded cables on my bike. "Helped" meaning that he and another list member did most of the work while I kept my thumbs out of the way. He is really a nice guy-he would give you the shirt off his back, or even the underwear off his, well, you get the idea.
If there is no difference in the feel of your bike and the throttle of a new bike on the showroom, the prior owner may have already performed the upgrade. You can tell from the appearance of the cables near the right grip; if the cables pass through a little flared area on the bottom edge of the lower handlebar cover, you probably have the original cables. If the cables pass through a hole several inches from the edge of the handlebar cover, you have the redesigned 2005+ cables.
If I had the older cables I'd upgrade them. If you have the newer cables, check to see that they are not binding and that the twistgrip is turning freely (part of my problem, aside from the old cables, was sticky gunk inside my grip; cleaning that made a difference). After you cover that, the only suggestion I have is to use the LT's excellent cruise control to give your wrist a break now and again.
If the bit about the difference in the cables is not clear, send me a private message and I'll post a picture or a link to a picture. It's a lot easier to show than to describe.
Part of the fun of owning an LT is figuring out the tips and tricks. The folks here like to talk about their bikes and are always eager to welcome a new LT rider. Have fun!
[See, John, that wasn't so hard.]