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As the title implies, I heard a loud "crack" noise yesterday when downshifting for a traffic light and had a ton of free play in my clutch lever, cable snapped with just a few miles shy of 8000 on the bike. My buddy trailer-ed it back to my folk's home because it was closest to there. It's getting towed (for free) up to MOM's South tomorrow for a new cable under warranty. Made for a very long day in the sun yesterday.

Is this common with these bikes as I had lubricated the cable properly at correct intervals? I know its a wear out part but 8K miles seems a little low for that to happen.

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As the title implies, I heard a loud "crack" noise yesterday when downshifting for a traffic light and had a ton of free play in my clutch lever, cable snapped with just a few miles shy of 8000 on the bike. My buddy trailer-ed it back to my folk's home because it was closest to there. It's getting towed (for free) up to MOM's South tomorrow for a new cable under warranty. Made for a very long day in the sun yesterday.

Is this common with these bikes as I had lubricated the cable properly at correct intervals? I know its a wear out part but 8K miles seems a little low for that to happen.
My first cable snapped at about 19K on my 07 Jackpot.

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5040 miles for me. I bought two save ur ride cables I'm running one and have the other in my bag. I'm going to run the one until it breaks then by a Barnett cable, I've got just over 1000 on it so far.

I smoothed out all the edges on the lever and I'm going to disconnect and lube it every 1000 miles.
I'll also always have a save ur ride cable with me, it sucks to have to carry one at all times but I'm not going to be stuck on the side of the road because of a snapped clutch cable again. 40 bucks is a small price to pay for the piece of mind.

Let us know what your mechanic has to say about it please, I'd like to know what they find or what they have to say about it. Thanks

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I'll definitely post what I find out after the dealer has had it. Also thanks for the save your ride idea. I might have to pick a couple of those up myself. Being stranded in the heat completely blows.

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i carry them in stock!

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Go to Vic web sit on face book and tell them.
There is no need for a cable to break ever if they would put a eyelet on the lever end. With the eyelet you would get constant movement with no binding.
Its a shame that they don't look at getting it made right.
If it were me I would put a good amount of wheel bearing grease on the brass barrel

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That's a good idea. it can't hurt to mention it to them.

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If it were me I would put a good amount of wheel bearing grease on the brass barrel
Exactly what I did. Just dipped the end in the jar, coated it good and re-assembled.

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It's not the cable that needs to be lubed as since 2006 they are all teflon coated. The problem is with the rotation of the barrel at the lever. Friction causes the cable to flex back and forth until it breaks.

Remove the barrel from the lever, clean and lube with waterproof grease.
The newer models come with a teflon insert around the barrel at the lever end, an attempt to reduce problems.

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It's not the cable that needs to be lubed as since 2006 they are all teflon coated. The problem is with the rotation of the barrel at the lever. Friction causes the cable to flex back and forth until it breaks.

Remove the barrel from the lever, clean and lube with waterproof grease.
The newer models come with a teflon insert around the barrel at the lever end, an attempt to reduce problems.
Bingo!

The Teflon insert must be working because we hardly ever hear about a cable breaking on the new bikes.
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