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CBR650R Horizontal throttle play

Annevex

CBR650R ABS
Jun 8, 2022
I had a trawl of the forum but cant find mention of side to side throttle play and I'm not talking about normal adjustable throttle cable play. My new CBR has a noticeable amount of side to side action in the throttle grip which is super off putting sometimes when riding. I've checked out other bikes (z900, z400, mt07) and there's a little movement as expected but not the 5ish mm i'm getting. Is this a known issue or has anyone else noticed this/have a fix?
 

miweber929

2014
CBR650F
650 Alumnus
Staff
Feb 13, 2015
Woodbury, MN
Riding Since
1975
I’ve noticed the last few bikes I’ve bought, especially my non-Japanese built Hondas (NC700X, CBR650F, Monkey, Grom, Navi), have a ton of side to side play in the throttle. There’s not much you can do about it because it’s the fit of the housing and the throttle sleeve working together so unless you find a way to “shim” that play out, you’re kind of screwed.

So I’d say there’s nothing wrong or off and suggest just getting used to it. It doesn’t affect anything so it’s kind of just an annoyance.
 

Annevex

CBR650R ABS
Jun 8, 2022
Yeah fair enough, I read somewhere of somebody using e clips to shim in play on a dirt bike so maybe I'll look into that. Its not a safety concern, its just kinda annoying :/
Cheers guys
 

Ian Warren

2021
CBR650R ABS
Mar 12, 2022
United Kingdom
Riding Since
2019
I had a trawl of the forum but cant find mention of side to side throttle play and I'm not talking about normal adjustable throttle cable play. My new CBR has a noticeable amount of side to side action in the throttle grip which is super off putting sometimes when riding. I've checked out other bikes (z900, z400, mt07) and there's a little movement as expected but not the 5ish mm i'm getting. Is this a known issue or has anyone else noticed this/have a fix?
Not got any significant play on my CBR650R 2021 but with 4,700 miles on it!
 

Tactic-Al

2021
CB650R ABS
May 13, 2021
Stockholm
Riding Since
2020
I have a little side-to-side knocking on my CB650R '21's twist grip.
It was kinda always like that, and I actually compared to a brand new '22 in the dealership the other week - feels about the same.

So I think it's just a stock manufacturing thing, and not an issue. :)

I also don't think you could possibly fix it, seems like play in the actual twist grip assembly bolted to the handlebar.
 

Ian Warren

2021
CBR650R ABS
Mar 12, 2022
United Kingdom
Riding Since
2019
Intrigued as I had never noticed it I took a look at Ming and yep it’s exactly the same.
 

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Motojack

2019
CBR650R
May 26, 2019
I had Horizontal play on my 21' CBR.

It got worse when I installed the OEM heated grips. I just get on with it seems to be factory. I try not to grip the handle bars so much that I notice.
 

Brian C.

2021
CBR650R ABS
Nov 26, 2021
Northwich
Riding Since
2021
Just checked mine and its exactly the same too! Cant say I have ever even noticed this while riding though so its not causing me any issues.
 

Annevex

CBR650R ABS
Jun 8, 2022
Yeah its not really a big issue, I just noticed it the other morning when I was washing it and now I cant stop noticing it hahaha cheers guys
 
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