You may have read my post where I broke a clutch cable in the middle of Canberra and had to make my way home without a clutch through red lights, RTA blitzes and homicidal Kangaroos. Well not wanting to be caught in that situation again, and certainly not while I am in the middle of nowhere during the Ride Around Australia, once I got home I started to search for emergency cable repair kits because I don’t need to go through that experience again. Believe it or not, they aren’t exactly out there in abundance, but I did finally find Venhill in the UK. They do all kinds of motorcycle and kart cables AND an emergency repair kit.
This kit has a cable for the clutch and a cable for the throttle. I’ve confirmed the kit has enough generic parts to hook up to the Road Star’s clutch and throttle. The throttle parts work for both the stock 40mm Mikuni and a 42mm Mikuni Flatslide.
For this kit to work you will have to make sure you have in your toolbag some cutters to cut the wire, a set of pliers to crimp the clutch side “trumpet” and a very small flathead screwdriver for the solderless nipple on the throttle. Of course you will also need appropriate tools to remove your tank if the throttle cable goes and appropriate tools to adjust the clutch cable tension if required (you should already have those on your bike).
In practice you remove the broken cable from the existing cable sleeve, thread the new cable in, fit either the trumpet or solderless nipples as required, make sure the cable is absolutely flush with the barrels and you’re back on the road.
You can source all the parts you need seperatly but I figured I would get the generic kits because I never know when I might have to help out a brother or sister on the road. If you can’t find a local distributor you can buy direct from Venhill like I did, I bought two kits and including postage to Australia they totalled $23.24 Euro (Around $35USD) and they were here in under two weeks.
They come with a natty little hold bag and as you would expect take up no room in saddlebags and possibly could even be stored under the seat, as long as you make sure you don’t crimp the cables in the process.