I did not take any pics, or pay enough attention to the orientation of the speedo gear drive when pulling the front wheel assembly.
It appears to me that the cable should come out underneath the brake caliper, up through the elongated chrome guide ring, then up to the speedo head. In this orientation there is a small aluminum protrusion on the lower/outer fork tube that sits in a small opening or "valley" on the drive unit that only allows it to rotate a few degrees forward or back.
The problem I have is that the cable seems stretched tighter than previously, and I can't screw the cable nut onto the head.
that the inner cable is broken and seized, so the square end does not turn easily to align with the female coupling in the head.
I ended up taping the top end of the cable sheath to the fork tube until I get a new/used speedo cable to replace this one.
If someone could confirm my speedo drive orientation is correct I will be most appreciative. A picture or two would be helpful as well.
Now a report on my first attempt at changing an mc tire
I changed out the front tire today for a 110/90-19 Challenger by Kenda.
Same model as the 100/90 it replaced.
Got it from the Honda/Suzuki dealer last week for $62, the price quoted and written down by parts man on the back of his business card 6-8 moths ago. Tire prices have gone up apparently as the current price was $78 when I phoned to check if there was one in stock. I needed the tire so I went to get it even at the higher price.
Showed the card and handwritten price to guy at the desk. It was his handwriting and he honored the price quote.
Pretty decent of him I thought, and he bought some goodwill and positive word of mouth reputation for his store.
Because of the tire price deal I decided to buy an 8 oz bottle of Ride-On tire sealant and balancer from him too, even though it cost more at $25 and change, than I could have bought it online.
Was gonna try the zip tie tire dismount and mounting procedure in Spockster's thread a few weeks ago, but could not break the bead with my C-clamps.
Went over to a retired mechanic friend's house who is also a rider, and we broke in a set of his new tire irons and rim protectors.
We took off a 1 oz crimped on lead weight, and balanced the tire using the axle suspended between a pair of jack stands. Used three 1/4 oz stick-on weights to achieve a static balance.
Have not gone for a test ride yet to determine how good my balance job is.
Want it close before adding Ride-On to tire. Working the math equation for my tire size, their recommended quantity for my tire was about 7.5 oz. If you do not do a static balance, you can use just Ride-On, but they recommend using 25% more, or about 9.5-10 oz for a 110/90-19 tire.
I will report more after some riding on the new tire. I commute about 200 km/120 mi to work each week, and have a 400 plus km trip planned for next Saturday to the South East Alberta Rally, my first
. I will ride for a few days before adding the Ride-On to see if I can notice a difference in ride/balance/bouncing/etc. before and after.