Part and parcel of owning a bike is maintaining its appearance and its capability. Nevertheless, despite making sure that parts and cables of motorcycle give us maximum service, we cannot but accept that they have their own warranties and lifetimes.
Unlike artwork or antiques, motorcycles are made to be used and abused. With all elements found in environment, motorcycle parts will definitely have its final day. When that day comes and you don't have enough money to buy new ones, why not settle for used motorcycle parts, e.g. cables? With a few tinkering and proper installation, they might just provide you service you need in many years to come.
Here are some suggestions for proper installation of used motorcycle parts and cables:
Tip #1: Inspect and make sure you have correct cable. This is very first step in getting best used cable you need. Inspect used cable for any major wear and tear. Remember that these are used cables so it will definitely have a few scratches; but it must not be too great that using it for just a few days will result in a total bust. After you have checked thoroughly, make sure you have correct part for application, e.g. correct cable ends, proper size casing ferrules, correct size, shape and thread size of adjusters/elbows, etc.
Tip #2: Make sure all adjusters are in "closed" position.
Tip #3: Use a direct route for cables. Route your used cables from control to actuator in most direct way possible. Keep cables away from hot surfaces and avoid sharp bends, as well as "kinks" in housing or inner cable.
Tip #4: Adjust throttle/idle cables. These should be adjusted carb/s will return to full close when off. Adjust any excessive freeplay and be sure throttle action is smooth and free from open to full close before starting engine. Also make sure that used cables do not bind together or hang up when there is full lock-to-lock movement of bars.