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Hi all. This is my first post to the forum. I have a recently purchased04 GL1800 and while ridiing it last week the throttle cable broke leaving me well and truly stranded. I pulled it apart and found it had broken at the throttle grip.I was really surprised with only 30K on the clock. Is this a common problem ?



I ordered new cables which arrived today. What I am hoping is that someone can point me in the direction of a step by step to replace the cables or can give some good advice (other than take it to the shop). I trolled the forum and couldn't find anything. I also have the service manual however it doesn't seem very clear. I'm really not sure what needs to be removed.



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Geoff in Australia
 

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not a common problem i guess.
those probably were routed incorrectly and that caused excessive stress on them or even lack of lubrication will lead them to rust and fail.
 

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Hello Geoff. Replacing the throttle cables is about the toughest job to do on a GL1800, sorry to be telling you that. You have to pull the saddle, shelter, meter panel, air cleaner box and even the gas tank! Much other parts to remove in addition to that. I had mine replaced by the dealer and it took the wrench (with a lotta experience on these model Goldwings) almost 2 days to complete. I asked him to replace both cables while he was in there and up to his elbows inside the Wing.
 

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Wow, I was thinking the new Wings was designed in the simplest formed compared to the earlier Wings.
 

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Yep it is a mother of a job . We did one here recently and everything has to be stripped off .:(
 

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Wow, I was thinking the new Wings was designed in the simplest formed compared to the earlier Wings.
Maybe they are designed to keep the service departments busy. I would not be too surprised. Just look at what's involved with air filter changes on the GL1500 and GL1800's compared to the GL1000 - GL1200's. It's not a hard job but sure takes some time.

However, the way to beat that is get a Honda service manual, some good mechanically inclined friends and do the work yourself.

Our riding group has a garage night every month, we have some very talented mechanics (including one professional motorcycle technician) in our group. We have done a lot of work on bikes and saved some folks (in our group) a lot of money. Don't even get me started on explaining what tools, hydraulic lifts, etc. one of our members has where we hold the garage nights. There is not much you can't find in that garage.

For larger more complicated jobs, we get together and do them separate from the garage night. Such as the new clutch we just installed in a 1996 Wing.
 
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