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 Post subject: Coming home in second gear
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:55 pm 
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Motorcycle: 2014 CB500XA
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Country: USA
State/Province: AZ
City: Green Valley
Well, I was running some errands on the NX250 and the clutch cable snapped as I was downshifting going up a hill.

I killed it of course. :gaah:

Anyway, the hilltop was close so I took off the jacket and helmet, put the bike in low, and pushed on the handlebars and the starter button until we got to nearly flat. I retrieved the helmet and jacket, put the bike in 2nd gear, and started it with the starter. Being a chicken (and there was only a mile left to get home) I kept it in 2nd and rode home.

I probably should have simply rolled the bike back downhill and started it on the flat at the other (more traveled) road and then made the turn and gone up hill in 2nd. I'll know better next time. Fortunately the battery was new (push starting a bike that you cannot flatfoot is a bit more challenging :D ).

Anyway, I'm home and enjoying my favorite beverage. :coffee2:

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 Post subject: Re: Coming home in second gear
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:04 pm 
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Motorcycle: '95 EN500-A6, '80 CB400T (rig)
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Oh yuck!

I remember one time I had a spill way back on a logging road and broke the clutch lever off. X_x Fortunately home was facing downhill, so I was able to coast a little in N and then slop it into 2nd and then slop back and forth through the gears all the way home.


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 Post subject: Re: Coming home in second gear
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:07 pm 
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Motorcycle: Rebel 250 plus a few others
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Just curious... I assume the cable broke at the handlebar? Was it frayed or otherwise serving notice that the end was near?

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 Post subject: Re: Coming home in second gear
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:24 pm 
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Yup. I was going to check and lube it when I got to the house as the clutch pull was "funny".

As this is the primary bike, I'm having the cable shipped to the house.

Hondaparts-direct was the cheapest OEM source, again.

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 Post subject: Re: Coming home in second gear
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:19 pm 
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I figured something like that. It seems they always go at the handlebar mainly due to the flexing it gets there when the grease on the barrel that fits into the lever dries up and the cable gets flexed every time you pull the clutch. They usually break a strand or 2 before they let go altogether. I've never had one leave me on the road, but I remember feeling some strands snap through the clutch lever of my old Beemer. New cables are like new tires... They feel GREAT compared to the old ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Coming home in second gear
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:48 am 
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When I bought my first bike I had to ride her home without a clutch cable. I got about 1 mile away from the sellers house and it felt like the clutch snapped and had to quickly learn to shift without the clutch handle. lol Turns out the threads were stripped at the lever, so it was easy to fix. But it sure was an interesting ride.

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 Post subject: Re: Coming home in second gear
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:42 pm 
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Well, the cable came Monday and the bike had a shakedown shopping run that led to a re-adjustment of the cable and the new saddle bag. So all is well here. :cycle:

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