Adjusting throttle free play on Honda CRF 300 L

There was a significant amount of slack on the throttle cable from the factory. This is not helping as the throttle response is snatchy as it is. IMO a little less play gives you better control of the throttle.

*** KEEP IN MIND THAT I’M NOT A CERTIFIED MECHANIC. DO NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR OWN BIKE UNLESS YOU 100% SURE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT TRUST ANYTHING YOU SEE POSTED ON THIS SITE. ***


Adjusting free play

This is pretty simple, but for some reason not included in the owners manual.

Tools needed
8mm spanner
10mm spanner
1 post installation beer (avoid trendy craft beers)

Before making any adjustments, check your idle rpms so you have reference point after the adjustment is done.

1. Undo the long hex ”sleeve” (8mm) until there is almost no free play (2-3mm)
* keep a eye on the pulley making sure it returns properly when throttle is released

Make sure the pulley is able to fully reset when letting go of the throttle.
This was how it looked from the factory
Throttle adjusted to minimal play

2. Tighten the locking nut (. 10mm)

Locking nut tightened

3. Start bike and make sure idle speed is normal. Dial back if needed.
4. Turn handlebars from lock to lock while bike is running. Make sure turning the handlebars have no effect on the throttle / idle speed. Dial back if needed.
5. Drink beer

** DON’T OVER DO IT. IF YOU HAVE VIRTUALLY NO FREEPLAY AT ALL, THE BIKE MAY BOCOME JERKY IN OFF ROAD SITUATIONS AS IT’S HARD NOT TO ACCIDENTALLY NUDGE THE THROTTLE WHILE RIDING***

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom says:

    Great to have you back! Thank you for the info.

    Liked by 2 people

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