Sluggish controls in the cold
Hey all, I hope everyone is enjoying this deep freeze as much as I am!
In the past couple of weeks, my throttle has been getting sticky in the cold. It will be worst when I first get on, and gradually gets better as I ride. Usually by the time I stop it will be back to normal. At its worst, it will only partially close on its own, but thanks to the double cable system I can close it the rest of the way without any problem. Hasn't affected my riding at all. I have tried various lubes (WD-40, 3-in-1, Break-Free CLP, and even a little bit of stuff meant for machine guns called M-Pro 7 which gave the best results so far) on both the throttle and by dropping it into the cables from the throttle body with various effectiveness, but nothing has cured the problem. Only thing I haven't tried yet is some generic silicone based lube I picked up at home depot yesterday, but couldn't bring myself to work out in this cold just yet. It seems to me to be a primarily temperature related issue though.
I was just outside checking on the bike (it lives in a parking lot unfortunately), and the throttle was sticky like I suspected it would be, but to my surprise the clutch lever is now exhibiting the same symptoms. I hope that when it warms up tomorrow it won't still be sticking, because unlike the throttle the clutch has no return cable I can use to force it shut if it sticks.
Has anyone else run into a problem like this? How worried should I be? Suggestions on lube? Also- the throttle cables are after market ones I put on this summer after the factory cables began to fray. Chrome plated and stainless steel with a coated interior which supposedly does not require lubrication. The clutch cable is still factory original. Never had any problems with either set of cables until this. I hope I haven't made any majorly stupid mistakes.