Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Woodstock, New York, USA
1983 GL1100. In 3 years since I got the bike, the throttle has never had enough tension. I just replaced both cables and in fact it now has no tension at all. Throttle has no return tension to it. It doesn't feel like a sticky problem (I greased cable connects, throttle sleeve) - it feels more like a spring problem. I've read earlier post about kinks and positioning of cables - all is well there, too. (Is this really that touchy?)
There's a torsion spring on the crank wheel where the cables connect down at the carb. I assume this provides the sole tension that returns the throttle? Is there something else?
I assume the torsion spring is just worn out. But it's only sold as part of $250 assembly. Do I dare mess with where either end of the spring hooks? Try to increase tension by a quarter or half a turn? Or where I can get a new spring?? Can't find used part online. I hope to take care of this while my gas tank happens to be out of the way!
Thank you! Brian