Broken clutch cable – repair on the road
The other day i had to work on location about 35 miles from my home (typically i work 2 miles away from home). In order to beat the insane traffic at that hour, i loaded up the saddle bags on my ’77 R100s and beat the 2 hour stop and go car traffic by 1.25 hours. Lane Splitting in California is awesome.
After a hard day’s work in the hot and windy ‘central valley’ i got in my bike to shoot home. While at the stop sign about to pull into traffic i pull the clutch to get in first gear and then.. SNAP! Broken Clutch Cable. 35 miles from home.
I immediately shut the bike off and pushed it to the side of the road.
Luckily i have a fairly complete tool kit hiding under the seat chock full of basic wrenches, sockets, tape, rags, etc…
I took photos after i took everything apart and replaced it with a NEW BMW Clutch cable. The previous clutch cable wasn’t BMW. Motobins in the UK sold it to me and from the day i got it, i was suspicious and contacted them about it. They assured me it was better then BMW’s… i think after 20,000 miles, a BMW cable would still function. Motobins sold me some crappy pipes about 8 years ago too. I’m NEVER using them again for motorcycle parts.
Here is my roadside repair:
Funny thing happened on the freeway on the way home. I was lane splitting through 15mph traffic on the freeway and recognized a classic ’59 teal Chevy pick-up truck. It happened to be a great friend of mine. I pulled along side and told him the story (while riding down the freeway). He said he’d throw the bike in the back. Talk about luck! But i decided to press my luck and I declined the offer… only to have the clutch cable’s cylinder fall out of the handle after we split ways. I called him up and we went to my house to get a ramp and straps… but by that time he got there, i did the repair again and this time i wrapped the electrical tape even tighter and it was enough to get me home.
No more non-‘BMW’ parts unless they are a proven upgrade!