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    Clutch cable failed

    After 87,180 miles and 7 years of riding the clutch cable failed close to the clutch lever.

    There is absolutely no signs of corrosion and the cable was still slightly "oily". I can only think that it is fatigue from high use commuting in the city.

    The Honda Dealers at Monthlery are nothing short of excellent. I had the bike recovered to them and, without an appointment of any sort, they set to work immediately and fitted a temporary replacement until the correct cable is delivered. So, thanks to Outsider Monthlery, I was only off the road for a total of 2 hours!


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    Re: Clutch cable failed

    Quote Originally Posted by JQL View Post
    After 87,180 miles and 7 years of riding the clutch cable failed close to the clutch lever.

    There is absolutely no signs of corrosion and the cable was still slightly "oily". I can only think that it is fatigue from high use commuting in the city.
    You did very good. And got really good service from your dealer.

    My clutch cable failed at about 55,000 miles, but it appears that the adjustment fitting at the handlebar was misaligned and caused premature wear.

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    Re: Clutch cable failed

    I have a spare I carry on long trips. Can it be replaced without removing Tupperware?

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    Re: Clutch cable failed

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesim View Post
    Can it be replaced without removing Tupperware?
    It is pretty easy if I remember correctly. Seems I had to fiddle a bit to get it in properly at the clutch end.
    Tie a string to one end of the old cable before pulling it out so you can pull the new one and get it routed the same way.

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    Re: Clutch cable failed

    Back in the days when I rode off road, I would route a spare clutch and throttle cable next to the original, then tape the ends closed to protect them. When (not if) the original cable broke, the new cable was already routed and ready to hook up. I can ride with a broken clutch cable but not with a broken throttle cable.
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    sorry to hear of clutch cable failure. so far mine is 167K strong. I did look at both ends at last oil change Feb 2017, still no fraying, and for that matter, very little stretching. I think I only twisted out the adjuster 5 months ago for the first time. just in case if anybody is worrying

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    Re: Clutch cable failed

    Co-incidentally I have been thinking for a while that my 2006, 52k mile clutch cable must be at risk of failure and have just asked my dealer to fit a new one when my bike goes in on Thursday for it's annual MOT (roadworthy test) along with new PR4's and a brake fluid change. I am getting a VFR800X Crossrunner as a courtesy bike for the day and fear I may be sufficiently impressed that I end up having a chat with the sales manager.
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    Re: Clutch cable failed

    Quote Originally Posted by gbrand42 View Post
    . . . . when my bike goes in on Thursday for it's annual MOT (roadworthy test) . . . .
    The Ministry requires an annual vehicle maintenance check? By the dealer? Is that expensive? We don't do that in Idaho, but maybe some East Coast states do. Anyone in the US or Canada have that requirement too?

    We do have a semi-annual vehicle (not motorcycle) emissions test though.

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    Clutch cable failed

    Doesn't have to be by a dealer, motorcycle repair shops will generally do them as well. Takes about 40 minutes and costs about 30.
    Last edited by gbrand42; 06-12-2017 at 11:43 AM.

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    Re: Clutch cable failed

    Certain states in Australia also require an annual inspection, can be a bit of a pain sometimes.

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