Motorbike Cables.

Suzuki GSXR

Motorbike cables need regular maintenance by the owner to get perfect riding. Not all the modern day motorcycles are coming with cables. For example many of the large motorcycles use Ride By Wire (RBW) where the accelerator is controlled by the computer. While smaller motorcycles like Honda Super Cub don't have clutch cables and most of the scooters are coming with automatic clutch system too don't have clutch cables. Normal Motorcycles used to have accelerator, clutch, Speedo meter cables, front drum brake and seat lock releasing cables fitted from the handle bar through levers and under the seat. The accelerator cable is connected to the throttle needle of the carburetor from the right side of the handle. The clutch cable is connected to the clutch plate system from the clutch lever fitted on the Left handle bar. Likewise the front drum brake is too connected through the cable, if the model is fitted with front drum brake. All these cables are manufactured in standard length and you don't need to cut their lengths. So when you are going to replace them, you must provide the brand and the model name of the motorcycle and the part number to get the correct cable.
There used to be seat lock release cable under the motorcycle seat. When you have time, just lubricate this and the moving parts with light grease.

These motorbike cables are made of steel wires and placed in a durable plastic tubes with both ends fitted with safety balls locks on one side with the pull ring and the other on the seat lock releasing system.

Motorbike cables used to play important role in the control of the engine and speed and on the front braking system. So you too must take care of these cables regularly. Whenever you are visiting your mechanic make sure that he is lubricating them for smooth operation. Otherwise dust and rust will accumulate between the cable and the rubber hose, and you will have to use more power to move them. Some time the cables may become very sticky and you will have to use more power, when you are riding motorcycle. Even some people had problem with the speed as the accelerator cable didn't go back to its normal position due to rust formed between the hose and the cable. These kinds of problems occur to the people, who used to live near to sea side or used to travel by it. When the cables are becoming sticky or tight, it is necessary to clean and lubricate them with regular intervals for smooth operation of your motorcycle.

Most of the time these clutch cables used to get tougher and they become more difficult to move when compared to the newly installed cables. So they need more lubrication than the accelerator cable and the front drum brake cables on any of the motorbikes. First you must try to lose the accumulated rust inside of it. Then can lubricate them with proper engine oil.
Anti corrosive spray and liquids are good to clean the rust inside of the motorcycle cables. WD-40 like brands is good for this.

So when you are going to visit your motorbike mechanic remember to lubricate the following cables that are in your motorcycle.

  • Accelerator cable.
  • Clutch cable.
  • Speedo meter cable.
  • Front drum brake cable.
  • Seat Lock Release Cable.

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