Broken motorcycle speedometer cable replacement, Kawasaki Vulcan
My 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan VN800 speedometer stopped working abruptly. The video shows how I diagnosed the problem and then replaced the cable and cable sheath.
The replacement I bought included the speedo cable sheath, and was slightly shorter than the original so I couldn’t just replace the inner cable portion. You’ll see that I tried to replace the whole cable without removing the gas tank, but the routing was too tight so I had to remove the tank and air box for better access. In retrospect I should have used my wheel chock to position the steering wheel straight ahead, so removal of the tank would have been easier. Even though the tank was not siphoned dry, very little gas drained when the fuel line was removed.
My new cable came with lubrication already in place, but I plan to do frequent lubrication to allow the new cable to last longer.
For an interesting explanation of how the motorcycle petcock works, watch this interesting video by my friend mrmaxstorey http://youtu.be/xUfrvwKQGmc
This video is amateur effort, published in good faith for entertainment purposes only. I am not a qualified professional motorcycle mechanic, and a pro may have accomplished this task very differently. So, this is in no way a qualified instructional video.
Motorcycle repair is a potentially dangerous activity, especially when removing a gasoline tank. Don’t be a dick, don’t let anybody smoke or cause sparks near open gasoline, and of course take all appropriate safety precautions. Be sure to inspect the vehicle afterward and while running to be sure that fuel connections are not leaking. Any misadventure resulting from your attempt to repair your vehicle is your responsibility.