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2004 T660 Turbo questions after first ride

Picked up a 2004 Touring T660 Turbo acoupke of months ago with 300 actual miles. Farmer had bought and sat in his barn covered for several years. Went through it and did all the typical expected things one should do and finally had a chance to test it out after getting some snow. Couple of questions. The first is after getting cold soaked the throttle cable or throttle body is sticks until exercising a couple times. I have to rotate the throttle body to get it to come back. It didn't do this above freezing so wondering if may be water is sitting in low spot of cable housing. The cable is not corroded at all and is still shiny zinc color.
The second item is I notice after letting of the throttle as the machine slows down I hear a solo down related whine. Hard to explain, but it is not a drive bearing and wonder if it's normal and more of getting use to it. It is not loud but different then my other sled. I question if it is coming from driven clutch collapsing back on spoil down.

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Throttle cable may have moisture in it. Remove at throttle body end and determine if cable or linkage, Lube cable if it's that. I have that same whine on my T660 Turbo too. I don't take much notice in it anymore. That's the "beauty" of quiet engines I guess.

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The second item is I notice after letting of the throttle as the machine slows down I hear a solo down related whine. Hard to explain, but it is not a drive bearing and wonder if it's normal and more of getting use to it. It is not loud but different then my other sled. I question if it is coming from driven clutch collapsing back on spoil down.

Any input is appreciated.
What 660 said o n the throttle cable. The second item is probably nothing. Machines so quiet your hearing things you normally wouldn't
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By the way, I can't believe how much power this thing has being the tank that it is. Pretty sure this would eat my ZR600 for lunch. We will find out for sure.
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By the way, I can't believe how much power this thing has being the tank that it is. Pretty sure this would eat my ZR600 for lunch. We will find out for sure.
They do have power but I find it has some lag off the line. If you're doing 30 mph and tromp it, it goes. Gives my Sabercat 600 a run for the money. Years ago at a winter festival they had 1/4 mile runs. Ran the T660 in the 600 class and posted one of the slowest times. I didn't care as it was a comfy ride to the finish line. lol

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By the way, I can't believe how much power this thing has being the tank that it is. Pretty sure this would eat my ZR600 for lunch. We will find out for sure.
AH don't get too carried away. I actually have a 98 ZR600 and had a brand new 660 Turbo, with slip-on crotch rocket muffler and stock muffler, (only 2mph difference). So I ran then one after the other. Ya it's fast for the tank it is, but it's no ZR6 by a long way. My ZR6 got to 96mph a lot faster than the turbo. I shut that down because that all I run the 600 is short drags. It has a lot more speed in it. The T660 Turbo on the otherhand went 96 and that was tops when it was brand new with a mile run-up but that was all it had and no more left.

It just seems that way when you feel the turbo spool up. It feels faster than it really is
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The turbo probably explains it. Obviously haven't had a chance to run besides something. Damn snow took a beating today. Didn't ride but the groomers have been in action.
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Ya the turbo will fool ya, it lags, theres a good amount of power, and then A LOT of power, and all of a sudden you think your on something fast. It's 110 horse, thats it. You can't make it do more than that much force will do. It's just physics.
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Today I got it on a good bed and had some fun. It will come right off the front end but then once you get around mid speed 40-50 it starts flattening out quickly. Thats all right, I like the snappy feeling and getting old enough that I don't need to go scary fast. My theory is the bugs ass hits its head just a little slower but end result is the same. Love the ride by the way with two people on. My wife loved it and she hates the cold. Got her set up with good gear though. I always have my ZR that is much funner to throw around when by myself.
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