Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Oregon, USA
Year/Make/Model: 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
Throttle free play adjustment issues
WARNING: total newbie here. Ignorance abounds. Bear with me.
Just got a 2004 Vulcan 2000 and have been trying to adjust the throttle free play. Problem is, it's not adjusting the way the owner's manual suggests it should (or at least not the way my interpretation of the owner's manual suggests). The following describes the manual's steps as I understand them:
1) Loosen the locknuts on both cables
2) Screw both adjusting nuts in all the way, in the direction AWAY from the bike (which, as I understand it, LOOSENS the cables)
3) Turn the decelerator cable's adjusting nut (the cable on the BOTTOM) in the direction towards the bike (which, as I understand it, TIGHTENS the cables), until the throttle free play is gone
4) Turn the accelerator cable's adjusting nut (the cable on the TOP) in the direction towards the bike, until 2-3mm of free play is achieved
The problem I'm having occurs at step #4. Step #3 eliminates the free play as described, but step #4 never actually results in any free play being achieved. Instead, step #4 just causes the throttle to "stick" such that it won't return to a closed position on its own; wherever I turn the throttle, it stays there unless I turn it back.
Some knowledge on the problem here (most likely me, I expect) would be much appreciated. Thanks