WHAT IS IT? Have you ever had a low-speed tip-over
end your day because it cracked the plastic throttle
housing on your trusty scoot? If it was on a KTM, there
is both a solution and a preventative measure available
at your local dealer.
WHAT’S IT COST? $24.99.
CONTACT? www.ktm.com or your friendly local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the KTM PowerParts throttle cable guard.
(1) Problem area. Given KTM’s control layout, the
dual throttle cables are mounted right side up on the
bars. This means that the plastic throttle housing is
prone to breakage where the molded-in plastic ferrules,
which guide the throttle cables out of the housing, are
situated. Amazingly, since these two plastic fittings are
covered by a rubber cable cover, they often break without the rider knowing it. If they do break, there is a significant chance of either throttle cable hanging up on the
broken parts. MXA has broken this part several times in
the past and it is not a cheap fix. You will need a whole
new throttle housing, and that runs about $60.
( 2) Upgrade. KTM PowerParts makes a special alumi-
num clamshell reinforcement that fits over the two fragile
plastic cable ferrules and bonds them to the throttle hous-
ing itself. MXA has used the PowerParts throttle cable
guard two different ways: (a) Band-Aid. If we break
the ferrules off of the throttle body in a crash, we install
the aluminum clamshell over the broken parts to act as
a splint. Typically, this fixes the throttle well enough to
make it through the race day. (b) Protector. Obviously,
the best way to use the PowerParts throttle cable guard
is to install it on the bike and allow it to reinforce the
weak link in the throttle housing design before you crash.
( 3) Installation. It takes five minutes to mount and
involves four steps. First, pull the rubber cover back to
expose the plastic ferrules. Second, place the aluminum
clamshell over the throttle cable ferrules. Third, tighten
the supplied Allen bolt. Finally, pull the rubber cover
over the housing.
( 4) Performance. The MXA wrecking crew
specializes in foreseeable impacts that not only break
motorcycle parts but the rocks they hit against. It would
be foolish for us to say that this $25 part will eliminate
all broken throttles in the future, but we have enough
experience to know that aluminum parts hold up better
than plastic ones.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints.
It’s not a guarantee against breakage, but
better than trusting fate.
KTM POWERPARTS THROTTLE CABLE GUARD
MXA TEAM TESTED