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Anyone notice their R3 has too much throttle free play? Anyone adjust it already, if so please provide instructions. Thank you.
 

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There is a 10mm nut on the cable in front of the throttle housing. Loosen the nut and then adjust the barrel so that it takes up the cable slack. Tighten the 10mm nut gently. Make sure that the engine RPMs don't increase at full lock! There is no adjuster down by the engine like most bikes. I had to use up almost all of the adjuster already.
 

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Is that 10mm nut being covered by some rubber sleeve about 2 inches away from the throttle housing? I saw that, but didn't want to mess with it yet. Does that rubber sleeve just slide right off? Thanks.
 

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"Is that 10mm nut being covered by some rubber sleeve about 2 inches away from the throttle housing?" YES. IT IS ON THE PULL CABLE

This is a good video about throttle free play adjustment. It's very easy to do. This is a Honda on the video, but the throttle free play adjustment works the same way on our R3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxglqX40-84

Just like when adjusting the free play on your clutch, make sure the throttle does not bind/stick when you have the handlebar/clip-ons turned fully to the left or right.

Spec for the the R3: The throttle free play should measure 3.0 to 5.0 mm (0.12 to 0.20 in)
 

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Do your guys throttles "snap" back like in that video.. my doesn't bind up but it definitely doesn't snap back like that.. it goes back slowly
 

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Same with me. My throttle is loose and has about 10mm of free play. Adjuster nut is already maxed out.
 

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Im going to try to address all your issues in one reply. I think the R3 comes with a fair amount of free play, so beginners dont grab too much throttle. I adjusted my free play with the nut that Xyzzy mentioned. I now have zero freeplay and it is awesome. As for the sticky throttle tube, lube cables, and or replace throttle tube. Now for the cables that are loose with too much slack, there is an another adjustment nut on the riders left side of the bike. If both freeplay adjustment nuts are maxed out, then you might have to replace your cables.
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Im going to try to address all your issues in one reply. I think the R3 comes with a fair amount of free play, so beginners dont grab too much throttle. I adjusted my free play with the nut that Xyzzy mentioned. I now have zero freeplay and it is awesome. As for the sticky throttle tube, lube cables, and or replace throttle tube. Now for the cables that are loose with too much slack, there is an another adjustment nut on the riders left side of the bike. If both freeplay adjustment nuts are maxed out, then you might have to replace your cables.
Hope this helps
Your boy
Max
You do not want zero free play...

1. Any little movement of the throttle will jerk you forward

2. You're going to wear out the cable faster since it's in tension all the time.
 

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Im going to try to address all your issues in one reply. I think the R3 comes with a fair amount of free play, so beginners dont grab too much throttle. I adjusted my free play with the nut that Xyzzy mentioned. I now have zero freeplay and it is awesome. As for the sticky throttle tube, lube cables, and or replace throttle tube. Now for the cables that are loose with too much slack, there is an another adjustment nut on the riders left side of the bike. If both freeplay adjustment nuts are maxed out, then you might have to replace your cables.
Hope this helps
Your boy
Max
You should be able to turn your bars lock to lock while maintaining a little slack. Same goes for your clutch cable. Reason being is as you turn your bars the cable housing moves with it and pulls the cable slightly. Uncontrolled acceleration or clutch disengagement while turning is a bad thing.
 

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Ok. Sorry if i offended you purist with my oldschool street ways. I did the adjustment about six months ago with no problems. When i say zero free play, I meant minimal free play. Obviously i can turn the clipons and the cable is not too stressed. I enjoy a snappy throttle response with minimal free play.
 

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Ok. Sorry if i offended you purist with my oldschool street ways. I did the adjustment about six months ago with no problems. When i say zero free play, I meant minimal free play. Obviously i can turn the clipons and the cable is not too stressed. I enjoy a snappy throttle response with minimal free play.

You're reasoning for throttle freeplay is all wrong... It's not because "beginners dont grab too much throttle " or "snappy throttle response"

If you're going after a snappy throttle response change the throttle tube. Either change it to a R6 throttle tube (cheapest route), or Motion pro Rev2 Throttle (most expensive but offers shorter throws)
 

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Tbh i just want to fix my 10mm throttle free play. I payed $120 at Alberta Cycle. They said they changed my cable and fixed it and the free play is still there...
 

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You're reasoning for throttle freeplay is all wrong... It's not because "beginners dont grab too much throttle " or "snappy throttle response"

If you're going after a snappy throttle response change the throttle tube. Either change it to a R6 throttle tube (cheapest route), or Motion pro Rev2 Throttle (most expensive but offers shorter throws)
 

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Tbh i just want to fix my 10mm throttle free play. I payed $120 at Alberta Cycle. They said they changed my cable and fixed it and the free play is still there...
suppose to be 3-5mm of freeplay. If it's at 10mm then they either used the wrong part or installed it incorrectly.
 

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suppose to be 3-5mm of freeplay. If it's at 10mm then they either used the wrong part or installed it incorrectly.
That’s the thing. I bought it that way. 2016 R3 with clip-on heated grip handles for both sides. When I bought it had 10mm free play and when I took for service and paid $120 they didn’t fix anything and it’s still the same. Maybe the aftermarket heated grips is what is causing the free play?
 

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That’s the thing. I bought it that way. 2016 R3 with clip-on heated grip handles for both sides. When I bought it had 10mm free play and when I took for service and paid $120 they didn’t fix anything and it’s still the same. Maybe the aftermarket heated grips is what is causing the free play?
If anything heat grips will cause it to have no freeplay.
 
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