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post #1 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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2013 blew over in wind. Throttle won't return now?

Hi guys,

So yesterday we saw winds between 30-40 mph and of course the poorly engineered kickstand finally failed me. The bike blew over and came crashing down on the throttle side. The throttle was jammed really tight and took an iron grip to even make it home, but I was able to then pull off the bar end after tapping it with a hammer and using channel locks. It is no longer really hard to turn, however the throttle doesn't snap back like it did before and literally stays open like its on cruise control.

I pulled back the boots that cover the throttle and return cable and opened up the housing. For some reason it seems like there is almost too much slack in the return cable up top. Down on the carb body, if I turn the throttle butterfly it springs back as it should. What could be the issue here? It couldn't have gotten bent enough to overextend or break the return cable. Is there a channel in the throttle housing that the return cable could have popped out of?
Trying to figure this out.

Oh and I called the dealership where I bought it because I know the guy in the service department and wanted to give them a hard time and the guy who answered the phone swore that the second gen KLR stock kickstand is one of the best kickstands lol

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 09:43 AM
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"Any help/suggestions would be appreciated."

Cut it and weld it. Everybody does.

Mine fell over on a Harley. I think it was trying to mate with it. No damage but the Harley runs better now. Go figure.

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I am asking for suggestions on the throttle return cable. I plan on buying a completely different kickstand for it.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 10:41 AM
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Sounds like your throttle spring may have been damaged. Check the right side of carburetor and manually open and close the lever attached to the spring, making sure it snaps back. Also check the play on the cables attached to that. The return cable on todays bikes are only a safety measure in case the spring breaks, then one can manually close the throttle.

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Sounds like your throttle spring may have been damaged. Check the right side of carburetor and manually open and close the lever attached to the spring, making sure it snaps back. Also check the play on the cables attached to that. The return cable on todays bikes are only a safety measure in case the spring breaks, then one can manually close the throttle.
I took a look yesterday at the lever that actuates the butterfly valve on the carb that the throttle cable is attached to. It opened and snapped back when let go just like it should. From the sounds of it the throttle return isn't actually the default closing mechanism? So could we potentially be looking at something where the throttle cable is on a bind and holding enough resistance against the spring that it doesn't snap back?
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 02:28 PM
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I had the same thing happen to my KLR. When it fell the balance weight jammed into the grip and it would not return. I took the end weight off, slid the grip outward a bit and replace the weight. It has run perfect for the last 4 years.

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply Jack. So you just had to give the grip a little bit of a pull then and it fixed your issue? I tried pulling the grip out a little yesterday and it was hesitant to move, but didn't really pull to hard so maybe I can give it another try when I get back.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 03:34 PM
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Iput a small pry bar between the grip rim guard and the throttle cable housing. All screws and bolts loose so it can slide outward, and POOF, you are good to go.

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post #9 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 03:43 PM
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Remove the bar end weight and get the throttle working right. Then replace the end weight and get it working right.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-07-2016, 03:50 PM
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Just what I said. 2 for that fix!

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