So, what it is?
I have a milk crate somewhere that is a jumble of busted and wore out clutch and throttle cables. Whenever I started hanging with Vic the complaints seem to have more frequency. Cruiser riders don't usually whine about cables snapping... much. Acceptable risk, I guess. The answer for me has always been Barnetts, but I got busted Barnetts in that crate too.
What has Pop learned from reading?
Apparently the failure rate is a little steep for Vic riders. Is that because the cables fail more or because the rider tends to have a lower threshold of acceptance?
Commit a sliver of saddlebag space to carrying around a Save-Ur-Ride temp cable. I assume that this fix is about not tearing the tank off and whatnot on the side of the road. Otherwise why not just carry a new cable which has been my modus operandi previously?
So then say I let my paranoid urges get the best of me and I have this temporary fix tucked away and I bought a Barnett to hang on a hook for when the inevitable happens. I'm in for better than 150 bucks now. That's half of a hydraulic clutch that would more or less eliminate my concerns. Seems like basic math to Pop. Go hydraulic right out of the gate.
Unless... this is overblown? The instances of failure are not significant.
Or... as has been reported, Victory stepped up somewhere along the line and improved the cable. I'm not from Missouri but close enough that you would have to show me a manufacturer going the distance to take a common part and beefing it up, but maybe.
So if the cable is new and improved, are failure reports less? Do those reports come from pre- updated cable riders?
What! Me worry?
My OPINION and that is all it is, would be that for the most part routine inspection and lube of the cable will allow the cable to achieve its expected life with is NOT 5K or so. I absolutely am not saying anyone did anything wrong that caused it or that there is not a problem. I will say what I have done on my 04 after my 1st break at 22K. I now have 39K+ so 17000 on the cable as a daily commuter up until last october. I do the following and show NO signs of wear at either end of the cable:
During oil change (3500) shoot liquid wrench teflon lube in handle and down cable as well as on the engine side. If I get pounded with rain or feel handle get a little gritty feeling. Lube again.
During every other oil change (6-7K) loosen handle, clean and inspect handle for any burs I may have missed or sharp edge. I found this when my 1st and only cable snapped. Filed down the valley end of the handle and inspected the barrel. Ensure good coat of teflon grease put in and reconnect the cable and install the handle.
The freying and point of departure on my cable was due it appeared to the barrel not allowing the cable end to rotate as the clutch handle was pulled in. I still plan on pickingup a SafeUrRide but havent yet. As I pointed out, 17K and not a single frey or sign of wear. Is the cable now days made better or is the preventive maintenance doing the trick. Unsure but I am fairly confident now on any length of ride. Again, not saying there wasnt/isnt a problem, just saying what I do. Just lubed up and inspected the cable end on my VV too and it does have the hyd clutch on the handle. Hope this helps
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