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Again, pardon my ignorance. While trying to solve all the OTHER problems, I noticed that the throttle cable looks....uh, interesting is a good word ... interesting. It still works, doesn't jam, etc. etc. The connectors are loose (work with the finger, no prob.) This is NOT the source of my running problem. I'm just curious: when is a little wear on a 20 year old bike going to become a problem?

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I'd lube it, try and figure out what is wearing on them, fix that, and then replace them with new ones and keep the old ones on the shelf for an emergency.

I had a pull cable break on me at 85 MPH on a freeway in Detroit .

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Are you not able to close the throttle at all when the pull cable fails?

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i replaced my cables they were all in good shape but just changed them any way

but you must know to put new cables on a bike they still may break

i pulled over last summerto help a bike stranded on the side of the road it was a

new honda with a broken cable bike was 6 mo. old the cable pulled out of the end in

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I just got my 1977 GL1000 last fall, and I got so into riding it, that I didn't go into too much depth looking it over. I knew it had a new timing belt, so I wasn't worried about grenading the engine. Fresh oil and filter, check the fluids and off I went.

Too my unpleasant surprise, when I took my carbs off to rebiuld them I discovered that the previous owner had a broken pull cable and had never bothered to replace it, he just pulled the iner cable out and left it. The pull cable is kinked so bad that I could see the inner cable through the bent open jacket layer. I just feel lucky that I discovered it before it let me down out on the road. New cables are on the way.

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The outside of the cable isn't a real indicator of it's condition, if the ends of the cables aren't corroded and it still works smoothly it's probably good for several years more service. You might want to adjust the routing of that cable with the adjuster in your picture. That's a pretty sharp angle on the right end where the cable comes away from the adjuster, you might be able to shift the cable a bit to get a straighter line there. Probably wouldn't hurt to over wrap the damaged sheathing with a bit of friction tape.

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Are you not able to close the throttle at all when the pull cable fails?
Well there is a be heafty return spring on the carb linkage that will close them, if it's working and not all gummed up.

That close cable is a big safety +, because you can always close them with a twist of the wrist if the return spring isn't working.

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That is what I figured it was designed, but good to know that there is both means of closing the throttle.

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They are bent as far as they dare go. Much more and theyll bind. Dont oil them, if they stick, replace them. Make SURE they dont bind when the handlebars are turned to both extremes.
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I jus put a pull cable on a GL1000 that came off of a 1200 both cables had that adjustment part n the middle of the cable I do not no what it adjusts or how 2 adjust them!! But the throttle is very stiff i just about have 2 turn it back off it wont return on its on very good at all. How & where do ya adjust them & do the adjustments take care of the trouble im havein. (Its my 1st Goldwing) Idd ty 4 any help
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