if a clutch cable breaks what happens?

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twinkiex

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What happens if you are riding along 20mph and it snaps? Does the bike stop suddenly?
 


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SirJakesus

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What happens if you are riding along 20mph and it snaps? Does the bike stop suddenly?
You wouldn't be able to disengage the engine from the wheel. You'd basically want to ride slow and try not to stop until you got home (if possible) because you'd kill the engine as soon as you started going too slow. Getting home on pedal power would be impossible and it would be pretty tough to bumpstart again.
 
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eltatertoto

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pretty tough to bumpstart again.
all depends on the bike, with my schwinn, its 1 gear, cant stand on the pedal to kickstart it, but with my murray, i just leave it in 1st that way i just lift up the back wheel and kick (sorta) the pedal, and if you floored it you might not kill it but i doubt it...
 
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mickey

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Yep, no disengagement if the cable breaks. This hasn't happened to me yet but my plan is to just kill the motor and stop. Then pull the broken clutch cable out of the housing and use it like bailing wire to lash the clutch lever in the disengaged position and pedal home.
 
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SirJakesus

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all depends on the bike, with my schwinn, its 1 gear, cant stand on the pedal to kickstart it, but with my murray, i just leave it in 1st that way i just lift up the back wheel and kick (sorta) the pedal, and if you floored it you might not kill it but i doubt it...
I've done the same thing to kickstart it however you'd have a tough time getting on it safely while its running with no clutch.
 
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twinkiex

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Thanks. That puts me at ease, I broke my clutch handle last week, dropped my bike right on it and it broke in two, then because I couldnt engage the clutch at all I ended up having to drag (carry actually) my bike to the nearest place I could lock it up so I figured for some reason if the cable ever broke I would stop suddenly and go flying over the handle bars. :eek:
 
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fetor56

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Yep, no disengagement if the cable breaks. This hasn't happened to me yet but my plan is to just kill the motor and stop. Then pull the broken clutch cable out of the housing and use it like bailing wire to lash the clutch lever in the disengaged position and pedal home.
We have the same plan but if it happens i'm gonna use a large nylon tie i keep in my toolkit....all these sorta ideas multi-task.
 
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Scottm

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Keep an extra nut or washer handy. Run the end of the cable thru the not or washer and tie a knot and slip it back nto the handle. I did that 400 smiles ago and it still works. But all the other suggestions are awesome. I love the stuff I learn here.
 

Skyliner70cc

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The question you asked could have easily been thought through with a little bit of inquisitiveness and reasoning. I know its easier to ask a question online but trying to figure things out for yourself with a little tinkering and thought will better prepare you for motorbike ownership.

The clutch is "spring" loaded. It will return to its "normal resting" position if a cable would break. If pulling the clutch lever (disengaging the clutch) requires work against resistance than a broken cable will allow the clutch to follow the path of least resistance...full engage.

Now that I have got your attention, what do you think will happen when a throttle cable breaks?
 
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