Because I'm not too familiar with wrenching on my bike I've always "trusted" the work to be done by a pro, until today...
Lots of talk lately on the forums regarding sloppy throttle response etc... even with Rays mod and Ivan's flash, my bike had terrible throttle response and was super sloppy. Shifts were never smooth and there was always a lag between the throttle twist and the motor actually coming to life. Again, with all the recent discussions regarding throttle response and play, I decided to look at it myself and see what I can learn. Looking in my manual and checking the throttle play numbers, I had waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy more play than I should, probably 3x the suggested amount.
So I grabbed Rays instructions for the throttle mod grip install and headed to the garage. A minute or so later, my throttle was tight and the response was unbelievable. Checked full to the left and right and I was good. Let it run in neutral and blipped the throttle a few times with varying levels of "blipping" and still no issue and, it was much more responsive.
So after I adjusted it, my wife and I took off on a ride and man, it felt like a different bike. Gear changes were much smoother, the bike was more responsive and when I needed to roll of the throttle and back on it, it wasn't the sloppy nightmare I had before... Just like what Everybody had been describing with Rays mod that I hadn't been experiencing.
Now here's the most unexpected and interesting result. DISCLAIMER: remember, I'm not any kind of self proclaimed mechanic or expert so forgive me if this is normal.
After adjusting the throttle cable, my RPM's dropped. It used to be when my speedometer read 70mph I was running right at 3000rpm. After the adjustment, I was running 2800rpm with the speedometer reading 77mph. (also verified speeds with my gps as well) I checked lots of speed marks over a 160 mile ride and my rpm's were always lower. I actually got better fuel mileage than I had been getting too.
So, is that a freak accident or is that normal? Either way, what is causing the rpm drop? I like it, my bike runs more smoothly and I burn just a bit less fuel but, I'm really curious as to what's happening...
"ONYX" - 2011 Black Vaquero
Windvest Recurve Windshield | KQR Passenger Backrest | Grasshopper Backrest | Passenger Floorboards | Progressive 430 Shocks | Scala Rider Teamset Pro | Kawasaki XM Radio | Racin' Ray's Throttle Mod | Avon Grips | Ivan's ECU Flash | Shaved Seat with Gel Insert | Wrapped Exhaust | Door Pocket Key Knobs | Vance and Hines Slash Cut Exhaust | Under Bag Brake Lights
Last edited by Allen D; 09-07-2016 at 12:26 AM.