I haven't really noticed the slop on my bike either. I'll have to double check on my next ride. I'm usually very sensitive to that. On my previous rides that is one of the first things I have to adjust. When I grab some throttle I want it to be right there. Reminds me of a story (oh man, here we go again)... I have escorted many a rider to the DMV for someone to get their moto license. One time the rider had successfully completed his test and went back inside to finish up the paper work. I was checking out his bike, a classic cruiser, Yamaha Virago. I noticed the MASSIVE play in his throttle cables. I popped out my bikes tool kit and tightened it up for him. When he returned I told him what I had done. Reluctantly he did a test loop around the parking lot came back and said, "Put it back to the way it was, I don't like it!" But it gives you a more positive feedback. Now you won't have to grab two hands full of throttle. "NO." Okay, okay, I'll put it back. I guess it felt safer since it didn't react as quickly in power reduction mode? Okay, one more not related to the throttle, but the clutch. I took a coworker to the DMV unfortunately they wouldn't let him take the test on his bike because the registration had just expired. So he asked if he could use my bike to avoid a reschedule. I reluctantly agreed. I don't recall what bike he had but it was definitely a multi cylinder machine. My bike? A Yamaha SR500 Thumper. And he had not mastered, or dare I say, EVER used the technique of slipping the clutch while negotiating the slower parts of the course. It wasn't pretty as each power pulse L,U,N,G,E,D him through the cones but he did pass.