lobo
Purchased new at Brisans motorcycles Newcastle.  Between rust issues & mechanical issue like tech breaking coolant tank cap then whole exhaust system replaced because of rust, picked bike up & got 2 km down the road & found I had excessive free play on clutch lever so back to shop they re-adjust clutch cable, within 150km breaks 15mm from welt but Brisans said not due to anything they have done see a lot like that! cable look like it was cut maybe when fitting back into hand lever. In over 30 years riding never had a cable break like this within this amount of time so I suggest every scout / Indian rider check & keep an eye on this.

Shame Brisans would not come on board & do something about it after my issues with this dealership they will NEVER see my bike again. 

Anyone eles had this issue?
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V-Twin
Hey Lobo,

Welcome to our forum.  I take it you care from Queensland?

Sorry to hear about your clutch cable and several other issues.  I don't know about Scout but on big Indians, clutch cables don't last as long as we had hoped (for some).  See this thread.  http://www.indianmotorcycleforum.com.au/post/worth-checking-your-clutch-cable-regularly-8447236

http://www.indianmotorcycleforum.com.au/post/clutch-cable-poll-how-long-did-yours-last-9667882

Again on big Indians, if they are not lubed correctly, the clutch cable can snap sooner than later.  How many kms would you say you did on your Scout before it broke mate?
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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lobo
v-twin I'm from Newcastle NSW it's done about 13000km

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lobo
Like I said never seen a cable fail under normal use like this.
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Dr.Shifty
There seem to be a lot of broken clutch cables reported for the Scout. Unfortunately it is a replacement item, like chain and sprockets on other bikes. They don't all break at the handlebar end of the cable, some of them break where they attach to the other lever at motor end.

It is generally a problem with the angle the cable is expected to deal with - when you pull the lever the cable starts at one angle and ends up at another. This angle means the anchor lug has to turn in its housing. To enable the turn there is a teflon sleeve around it but it still needs lubricating. If it doesn't turn the inner cable has to bend and the steel wire gets work hardened and one day it snaps.

On my Scout I noticed that the cable end needed lubricating between services and I used to remove it from the lever and hit it with a slight spray of bike chain lube, the sticky stuff that doesn't wash off in the rain. I think Indian says you should not spray anything down inside the outer cable - probably because it can dry into a gel and increase the load on the lever.

Lots of Indian riders say they carry a spare clutch cable, and some go for the more expensive Barnett cable that has a rock solid reputation.

In my old dirt bike days we would carry spare inner cable wire with screw-on lugs for emergencies. I've also unsoldered the lug from a broken cable and soldered the new wire into the old lug. It's a simple job once you know how it's constructed.

Don't be too hard on Brisans, it might have been any other dealer in the country and the cable could still break.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
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V-Twin
Dr.Shifty wrote:
If it doesn't turn the inner cable has to bend and the steel wire gets work hardened and one day it snaps.
This is spot on!  Make sure your dealer lube the cable at every service everyone!
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Melbourne, Victoria
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crash
Looking at lobo's remnant though, this does not look like the problem of lubrication, if it were then you would see the disconnect closer to the "lug".  You would also see it more as a frayed type of break where each of the cables would disconnect at different times.  This does clearly look like it has come clean away as if it were cut or caught between two moving parts providing a scissor like action to sever the cable.  This is probably one of the oddest images I have seen of a broken clutch cable.  Looking at it closer, there is a little bit of fraying but it looks like the cable was not spinning on the teflon sleeve and was bending at the point of the break (much like continual bending of a paper clip).  Thanks for sharing Lobo.
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lobo
cheers guys I think were on the money like the cable had been pinched / cut but aftermarket stainless steel x-usa coming. Rain in face as a call my scout has mostly been on long rides 3000 km to 6000 km if anyone interest I could put up the ride maps all good to great roads if you like long rides
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V-Twin
lobo wrote:
I could put up the ride maps all good to great roads if you like long rides
This might be a good place for that sort of posts!!

http://www.indianmotorcycleforum.com.au/?forum=536026
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Melbourne, Victoria
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Thunder Scout
Yep have replaced mine with a Barnett SS, not due to breakage but point of engagement felt like it moved
South Eastern Melbourne
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damienpearse
Mine was replaced under warranty.
Riding along and it stopped pulling in. Flat shifted to get home and on the trailer to dealership.
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