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Offline johnny

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Offline Martin

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #126 on: April 11, 2018, 04:36:39 PM »
I'm still on all my 25 year old cables. I have fitted a grease nipple to the clutch arm. And every second or third oil change I lube all the cables with a PTFE lubricant called Triflo. Do not lubricate your cables with WD40 or it's like as this can accelerate the break down of the liner. Triflo can be bought from bicycle shops. It is also important to check that your levers are not catching on the cable causing it to fret.
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Offline propav8r

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #127 on: April 11, 2018, 04:52:14 PM »
I'm now learning that you should lube the pieces that hold the ends since they pivot in the lever and arm respectively. That's probably what did me in.
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  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

Offline Martin

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #128 on: April 11, 2018, 05:36:27 PM »
I forgot to say lube the ends. Lube is cheap compared to replacing parts.
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Offline woodgeek

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1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #129 on: April 11, 2018, 06:36:28 PM »
Clutch cable snapped at the handle the other day. Got home and ordered a new cable, only to realize when it got here that there's a stupid brass bushing/holder that sits in the lever in such a way that when the cable breaks, it just falls out onto the road!!

(Could they really have not put a little lip or it so that it wouldn't just fall out? Geez...)
Im lucky I saved my old throttle cable when I ordered a new one. It has the adjuster trapped inside a rubber boot that you might not think to remove before you pitch the old cable. Youd think not having these fittings on the replacement cables would make them cheaper. Yeah right.
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Offline propav8r

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #130 on: April 16, 2018, 11:46:28 AM »
New clutch cable installed on lunch break on Friday made for a nice Saturday of riding out at the Gap.

I went with a Venhill replacement cable. Couple observations: The accordion boot on the clutch arm end is smaller, and slips right through the cutout on the trans. That's nice.

The Venhill cable that supposedly fits 1985 K100RSes is ever so slightly shorter than the OEM cable. It works just fine, but you have to readjust some of the routing. Once you do that, it adjusts and works as normal.

Anyhow, here's a couple snaps from the weekend.





Next month, Dad and I are setting off on a decent little trip. I'll be on the K, he'll be on his 2100 Vulcan. Guess I should mount my top case before then.

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Offline johnny

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #131 on: April 16, 2018, 12:10:59 PM »
greetings...

i really diggs those action shots...

j o
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Offline propav8r

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Re: 1985 K100RS Renovation
« Reply #132 on: April 16, 2018, 12:13:36 PM »
greetings...

i really diggs those action shots...

j o


Thanks. There's still a lot of potential in the bike I haven't tapped yet...still a little worried about dropping it again. It really does handle well for what it is. I've outrun a couple late-model 600s on some local roads, but I'll need another month or three to learn the bike before I'm really comfortable pushing it.


I need to put my fork brace back on as well, and maybe look at an improved rear shock.
  • Franklin, NC
  • 1985 K100RS, 1978 GL1000, 1972 Kawasaki H2 750

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