Control cables come in two basic flavors. The first is the plain old multistranded wire surrounded by a spring steel-cover-style cable that’s been around since day one. The second is the high-tech plastic, or more accurately Teflon-lined, variety. In the main, the Teflon-lined cable needs no lubrication, and in fact oiling one may be detrimental to its health. Check your owner’s or shop manual as to what, if any, type of lube is recommended. Unlined cables should be lubricated using a dedicated aerosol spray and a pressure lubricator, available at any motorcycle shop. To lube the cable, remove it from the lever or throttle drum. Install the tool per the photo and pressurize the whole shebang until lube drips from the opposite end. Inspect the nipple and adjacent cable area for any signs of damage, and give it a dab of grease to prevent it from binding before you reinstall it. Perform the cable dance once or twice a year and they should live happily ever after.