Guess you were standing in front of the bike when you made that observation.Heads up lads and lasses go and check your clutch cable isn't rubbing through on the top left hand side of the radiator near the filler cap.....
Appreciate that! Just had a look and there are scuff marks but no damage as yet. Have taken about 50mm of plastic tubing, split it down its length and slipped it over the cable as a sleeve - job done. Many thanks!Heads up lads and lasses go and check your clutch cable isn't rubbing through on the top left hand side of the radiator near the filler cap.....
Hey Gary ..... Thats not my bike I got the pic from the Facebook group.......Tony - just out of curiosity, how many miles on your bike? I see you've been around here for a while, but that radiator is so clean it looks nearly new.
I'm a little surprised this little flaw got by the engineers. I would think that early on in Motorcycle Design 101, they would teach you to not route wires, cables or hoses across the sharp edges of metal objects, especially where they are free to vibrate and move about.
LOL I can't claim for catching this in time... I saw it on the Facebook group..:laugh:Mine has signs of light abrasion, and at only little over 100 miles. The edge of that radiator is pretty sharp. I guess you could tie it to that strut brace, but be aware it can have sharp edges, too. Mine was unpainted metal, presumably because it's an F and this area doesn't show. Maybe the edges of the painted ones are smoother?
I wrapped a slit fuel hose around it and put a cable tie around the hose to help hold it in place. I used a 1/4" hose; it could probably do with a 5/16" if it isn't loose. There was a gap in mine that had to be pointed away from the radiator. Might be best to use some adhesive, like silicone sealant or super glue to keep it from twisting or sliding down the cable. I'm going to try to remember to check it periodically and apply some glue if it moves.
Thanks to tonyt for catching this and possibly saving us a lot of grief down the road. I vote that this shall forevermore be known as the tonyt mod, in honor of its discoverer.