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Old 03-31-2013, 10:16 PM   #75361
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Speaking of clutch cables:
Alright, alright - I'll order a new clutch cable this week.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:32 AM   #75362
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This kind of failure is caused by the nubbin on the end of the cable not moving freely in the arm. This is a maintenance point that is often overlooked. Whenever you're washing the bike, changing the oil, etc. put a drop of lube on the cable nubbin. Do the lever end too.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:44 AM   #75363
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What do you all think is the average mileage (road miles) out of a DR650 clutch cable?

I've got a 2002, so between corrosion and miles (or use), I'm strongly thinking about ordering another to carry with the bike.
Put the new one on and carry the old one as a spare. That's what I did.

Couldn't believe how much easier the clutch pulled afterwards.

I do a lot of off road, so my mileage #'s won't apply.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:48 AM   #75364
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I have about 28K on my 97 this happen around 23K, bought it with 13K.Good call on the drop of oil. Ya way smoother.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:55 AM   #75365
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Oil, or Grease?

I'd think grease should be better.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:31 AM   #75366
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Oil, or Grease?

I'd think grease should be better.
Anything is better than nothing. I usually use chain lube. When I'm lubing the chain I also go over the bike and add a little spritz on any moving part - cable ends, footpeg pivots, side stand pivot, lever pivots, brake pedal, folding shifter end, etc.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:19 PM   #75367
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anything is better than nothing. I usually use chain lube. When i'm lubing the chain i also go over the bike and add a little spritz on any moving part - cable ends, footpeg pivots, side stand pivot, lever pivots, brake pedal, folding shifter end, etc.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:04 PM   #75368
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Anything is better than nothing. I usually use chain lube. When I'm lubing the chain I also go over the bike and add a little spritz on any moving part ...................................- brake pedal, ............................. etc.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:15 PM   #75369
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don't forget, you tape the ends shut so dirt does not enter the cable.
i've read using black wire shrink wrap is the shiz.
after shrinking, hit the finished end with a lighter, melt a bit and pinch it shut.

i'd say that is an technique from RTW riders who need a spare.
modern cables are built very well and maybe fray at the end to warn you.
i can't remember in this whole DR thread much being said about the Suzuki cable failing. if you're worried change it every 20-30K. it's hard to predict when one will fail, if ever.
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Alright, alright - I'll order a new clutch cable this week.
Did you read what Shu wrote above? Are you setting off for Mongolia and Africa soon?

You need to keep exposed clutch cable lightly oiled ... and clean. Make sure routing (at both ends) is not twisting or bending or abrading ... as this will wear cable.

Pull back the rubber sheath by the clutch lever, inspect cable. It won' lie ... you will see any fraying or wear. Mine is at 50K and I don't carry a spare on board because having ridden/serviced bikes my whole life ... I KNOW when a cable is going bad. They rarely just snap ... unless abused or tampered with. (another story) In the "BAD OLD DAYS" cables were JUNK and broke if you breathed on them. Thank God for the Japanese. I've not had a broken cable in decades.

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Everyone should learn to ride their bike with no clutch. Its easy on the DR ... not so much on Gold Wing, BMWGS or Ninja 1000 You learn to be very creative at stops (slow racing anyone? ) Its a bit of a pain but certainly should not be a show stopper for anyone. PRACTICE! (motor will not be happy lugging but will survive fine)
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:44 AM   #75370
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This is my 1996 DR650SE, got it a couple of weeks ago, so happy with it so far. Thinking of luggage solutions and working on a rack - already primed and drying.

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Old 04-02-2013, 04:04 AM   #75371
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Everyone should learn to ride their bike with no clutch. Its easy on the DR ... not so much on Gold Wing, BMWGS or Ninja 1000 You learn to be very creative at stops (slow racing anyone? ) Its a bit of a pain but certainly should not be a show stopper for anyone. PRACTICE! (motor will not be happy lugging but will survive fine)
The old air-cooled VWs had a clutch cable. I once drove mine about 100 miles with a broken cable... Yeah, slow race.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:06 AM   #75372
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The old air-cooled VWs had a clutch cable. I once drove mine about 100 miles with a broken cable... Yeah, slow race.
I thought about responding to Grifter with my stories of having driven or ridden with clutch cables/hydraulics gone, but figure he isn't worth responding to since I know my situation, I know where I live and what I ride through, and I know how much danger the last broken clutch cable put me in to ride back home.

Don't feel you have to respond to guys who reply solely based on their advantageous riding areas (especially those who never hit, or even totally avoid, true city traffic) or limited imaginations as to your circumstances. It's just not worth it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:44 AM   #75373
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You might know what your riding conditions and experience level is, but we don't. There are many new guys showing up, we try to give broad answers to help them learn from your questions too.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:48 AM   #75374
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Anything is better than nothing. I usually use chain lube. When I'm lubing the chain I also go over the bike and add a little spritz on any moving part - cable ends, footpeg pivots, side stand pivot, lever pivots, brake pedal, folding shifter end, etc.

I like using Dupont Teflon Spray, dries so it doesn't grab any dirt.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:50 AM   #75375
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Hi guys!
This is my 1996 DR650SE, got it a couple of weeks ago, so happy with it so far. Thinking of luggage solutions and working on a rack - already primed and drying.

You got the good one with the purple frame. Purple = Power
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