Let’s face it it has happened to most of us. When we under-service our bikes, somethings about to break. What fascinates me is that despite such time-consuming problems, we NEVER service our bikes regularly. Anyway, not moving from the point here today I am going to share a solution with you that has been tried and tested. Before we begin, I would like to tell you how to figure out if it’s time to replace the accelerator cable. And, replace control cables every year to avoid friction between the moving cables. DO NOT LUBRICATE IT! As modern cables are not meant to be lubed and reused. (Don’t be a miser, She’s your baby too.)

Figure out if the cable needs replacement

Before I tell you this, there might be a combination of ways which may be causing the following effects. Before you conclude and replace your accelerator cable, get it inspected from a Trusted Technician.

  1. Too stiff/hard accelerator.
  2. Accelerator not returning to its initial position.

The above are the observations when your accelerator cable is still functional. Before you take your boyfriend/girlfriend for a ride, get your bike serviced. Unless you and your partner enjoy pushing a broken motorcycle.

If your engine doesn’t rev for any throttle position or your accelerator has become very smooth most likely your accelerator cable is broken. If you are not at a place where you can park your bike. Now, get ready for some mechanic gyan.

Step-guide to ride your Bike with broken accelerator cable

First things first take a deep breath. You can do it, my friend. Unless it’s a moped. I am sorry, this blog won’t help you. So, here’s the step-by-step guide to ride your bike with a broken accelerator cable. Also, note this is a temporary solution.

  1. Turn off your bike.
  2. On the left side of your bike under the fuel tank, you will see something like a carburetor. Check out the picture below for reference.
Carburetor Choke
  1. Look out for the choke screw, if you are not able to find the choke screw check the orange arrow in the above image which is indicating the choke screw.
  2. The choke screw basically works as your secondary accelerator, screwing it will accelerate your bike and unscrewing will stop your bike.
  3. Now, screw the choke as much as you can manually.
  4. Change the gear to neutral.
  5. Start the bike. You will notice RPM skyrocketing.
  6. Slowly, unscrew the choke screw till rpm reaches close to 3000-4000 RPM.
  7. Pull the clutch lever and shift the gear to 1st gear. Slowly, release the clutch to get your bike started. Now, you can ride your bike normally.
  8. Also, use the clutch while braking in order to avoid your bike from stopping.

If you need additional help, feel free to comment below. I will be happy to answer them. HAPPY BIKING!

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