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+1 for standard carbs over fuel injection - using cruise control and the choke allowed me to ride it home rather than calling a recovery truck.
I don't think replacing the cable is a 30 minute job, so I'll limp it round to my local bike shop and get them to put a pair of new cables on...
 

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Happened to me on my 1100, 40 miles from home. Pulled choke for maximum revs possible without flooding out (no cruise!) and got home that way, had to plan return route for minimum hills. Acceleration was NIL. A lot of shifting gears to maximize speed or acceleration. And I bet anyone behind me had burning eyes from super-rich exhaust!

Actually got up to 45mph in 5th gear on flat straightaway country road.... But traffic lights were Hell!
 
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The days of cheap motorcycling have long gone.
Pair of throttle cables £80
About 3 hours fitting
looking at £400 bill 🤮
 

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I'm struggling... why do these cables cost £40 each?
How does a bike shop justify charging £85 an hour for a spanner monkey when Siemens charge £100 an hour to send a specialist engineer in to the middle of the Amazon jungle to make sure a power station doesn't explode?
 

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I'm struggling... why do these cables cost £40 each?
How does a bike shop justify charging £85 an hour for a spanner monkey when Siemens charge £100 an hour to send a specialist engineer in to the middle of the Amazon jungle to make sure a power station doesn't explode?
because they can :(

my son is one of those Specialists for Siemens........
and their going rate today to send him to a customer's location in the USA is measured in the $1000s of bux.....
I think he said they charge $15,000 for him to go give Training Sessions to the end user's maintenance crews :
that's 3 days of training, he flies up Mondays, and flies home on Fridays.

in the last two weeks, I had mechanics working on my truck, getting ready for this NASR-14 trip.....
$125/hour is the current rate thanks to that idiot in the White House.
 

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Come to the UK where Volvo charge more than Rolls Royce per hour, its about £125 gbp per hour, their excuse is property cost, power cost and training cost.
I was a main Honda dealer mech years ago and bike shops charge less than cars but still dear.
Cables is a long job due to the amount of "stuff" that has to come off before you can even see them, never mind touch them and as to price how many do they sell, you see lots of 40yr old bike on original cables.
By the way original Honda cables are not supposed to be oiled due to the inner being rubber coated and outer being nylon lined
 

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A quick look on ebay and I can have a brand new pair of cables shipped from the USA for the same price the shop wants for one cable.

I saw the purchase order for my jungle trip - US$1300 per day (plus expenses) - that's £1000 a day and I was doing up to 12 hours a day.

I don't suspect anything about the cost of running the Lamborghini and Range Rover the owners have parked out front.
 

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Looks like I can get both cables shipped from the USA to the UK for £30 rather than £40 each o_O

I'll do it myself.
To put this debacle in to perspective, the guys running the shop have been complaining about business being quiet..!
 

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And now you know/understand why I ride a Valkyrie instead of the Wings I had for many years. I spent more time removing all the tubberware than I did actually fixing. Plus, like most of you I do all my own work...down to splitting the case to repair the engine innards if necessary. I never needed the extras that the Wings had except maybe the cruise. For that I adapted an automotive system to the bike and works fine. As for cables, I usually will replace them with SS wrapped type that don't have the rubberized inside. You can keep them slightly lubed without worrying about gumming up the works. Plus, I make my own. Some years ago I made a two piece apparatus that allows me to make the lead slug that goes on either end. Buy the cable material, small roll of the lead and a Bernzomatic torch. Makes great cables that last.
 

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To be fair, I've never needed to take the plastics off in 20 years and 70'000 miles 🤷‍♂️
 
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