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post #1 of 13 Old 10-12-2010, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all , I'm a new owner of an 05 v strom. It is a great bike but I have 1 issue that I don't find any info on. I rode for roughly 200 miles staight sunday and my throttle hand was spent. It seems to have a strong return spring. We ran about 80 to 85 indicated, I know the speedo isn't right. Running that fast takes more throttle opening so I don't think its as bad running legal speeds, is there a way to soften the spring so to speak. I hope that isn't to confusing thanks Farmertk
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-12-2010, 09:18 PM
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Get yourself a Throttle Rocker or Kaoko throttle Lock.

Personally, I don't like the Throttle Rocker for the amount of space it occupies on the grip. The Kaoko is sweet though.

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Hello all , I'm a new owner of an 05 v strom. It is a great bike but I have 1 issue that I don't find any info on. I rode for roughly 200 miles staight sunday and my throttle hand was spent. It seems to have a strong return spring. We ran about 80 to 85 indicated, I know the speedo isn't right. Running that fast takes more throttle opening so I don't think its as bad running legal speeds, is there a way to soften the spring so to speak. I hope that isn't to confusing thanks Farmertk

In my case, the throttle spring-ie-ness seems fine but the angle of the handlebars causes me some discomfort. I would like to change out to dirt bike type bars and know there are alot of threads on the topic. I just don't know which bars would work for me. The distance and height work ok, just that funky bend. ... so maybe it is the same for you... or not.

Just something I have been wanting to do but too cheap to buy 3 or 4 bars to get it right.
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Hey megathumper now that you mention it I remember thinking that the bars are too high. This bike already had a corbin seat on it. Not sure about corbin seats but it is a two peice seat. The rider part seems very low and flat, almost dished out. If I sit all the way back against the rear seat it is almost like a back rest. But that makes for a long reach to the bars. I'm 6' mostly legs and arms! I have the stock seat going to try that for a couple days. Winters coming time to modify! Take care farmertk
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In my case, the throttle spring-ie-ness seems fine but the angle of the handlebars causes me some discomfort. I would like to change out to dirt bike type bars and know there are alot of threads on the topic. I just don't know which bars would work for me. The distance and height work ok, just that funky bend. ... so maybe it is the same for you... or not.

Just something I have been wanting to do but too cheap to buy 3 or 4 bars to get it right.
Try the ATV high from amotostuff.com ($20). That's pretty much the extreme end without needing new brake lines. More pullback, but flatter. If you saw 15mm off each end the lines will fit - just.

You MIGHT have to try 2 or 3 sets, but it's not expensive.

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Hmmmm---my '04 Wee has a weak throttle return. It looks like the throttle return spring is the type wrapped around one of the throttle body shafts--a torsion spring.

I need to take a look at that and be sure everything is working freely and OK, and that both throttle cables run smoothly.

Farmer might take a look at his and see if a previous owner added a spring or if anything else isn't as it should be.

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A throttle Rocker will relieve a lot of fatigue in your hand and wrist. I also finally found a really comfortable pair of gloves that helped a lot too. The bars are most of the problem but I didn't want to change them.

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Hmmmm---my '04 Wee has a weak throttle return. It looks like the throttle return spring is the type wrapped around one of the throttle body shafts--a torsion spring.

I need to take a look at that and be sure everything is working freely and OK, and that both throttle cables run smoothly.
Slightly overtightening the throttle return cable will make the throttle return spring feel weaker...anyway, that's why mine felt so weak. I cleaned the handlebar and inside of the throttle tube, lubed it with dry moly (or dry graphite will work), and correctly adjusted the cables.

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I have large Grip Puppies over already larger HotGrips, making my grips much larger than stock. Besides feeling better, they have a mechanical advantage over the skinny stock grips making it easier to hold against the spring.

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Not sure the true source of your problem, but FWIW, my throttle became really difficult to deal with (sticky - warped by heated grips, I suspect). I replaced it with a rather pricey G2 aluminum throttle tube. It turned out to have such a feather-light action that it made the bike *seem* like it gained significant horsepower. Amazing. I would definitely check for a mechanical problem before seeking aftermarket amelioration.

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