I was looking for how to reduce the slack in the throttle cables, and I am going to revive this thread because having the throttle need to be twisted through a dead area to start to open the throttles is stupid, for any riding level. Its probably even worse for a beginner.
Riding over bumps has nothing to do with having play in the throtle unless you slam the throttles shut every time you hit a bump. I heep an even throttle, and when the throttle is at 20%, the play is non-existent. Taking off from a stop light while having to turn the throttle almost a quarter turn is also stupid. When I bought my 2009 a few weeks ago there was very little play, now that the throttle cables have had some use to stretch, there is lots of off idle dead space, and the bike is PITA to ride, and it took a few days to figure out what the hell happened that changed the bikes character.
1a. You look like a moron sitting at a green light waiting for the rps to come up so you can leave with out giving more rpms than you wanted.
ab. You look like a moron who revs up his bike at ever opportunity, or look like you are just figuring out how to use a clutch, when you try and leave the light with everyone else and rev it up more than you wanted.
2. Makes it very hard to drag the engine of throttle into a turn, then SMOOTHY apply the throttle on the way out.
3. Getting any kind of consistent blipping of the throttle on the downshifts.
4. having to grab a "handful" of throttle so you get the whole use of the twist grip with out spraining your wrist on a bump when you have it cranked all the way over.
I was amazed at the number of low milage bikes out there when I started looking, and made up all kinds of excuses in my mind why someone would sell a bike with 500-1000 miles on it after having it for 1-3 years.
I believe that alot of these are because the bike was easy enough to learn the timing of riding it, but after the cables slowly got longer, they stopped riding because they felt that the bike was trying to kill them all the time, because having excessive play just makes riding stressful.
If you have A LOT of free play, your bike will be easier to ride smoothly, no matter what your experience level is.
I'm amazed what people purport to be "the thing" for new riders. My favorite is the budget riding gear.
After 20 years of riding used bikes, this was my first new one. I have never had this problem before, and I feel like an idiot having the throttle cables stretch so much before I figured this out.
I'm done ranting now.