Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?


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Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Ryderftw » Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:40 pm



I found that with my previous bike, that my right hand and arm would sometimes get tired from gripping the throttle, even tho I had a throttle rocker. Now that I have cruise control on my "new" Wing, I'm not sure if I would/should use it. In my car, I use it often on the 4 lanes (depending on the volume of traffic), so I thought I would put the question to the more experienced riders. Of course it all depends on road, weather, and traffic conditions.
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Dusty Boots » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:00 pm

I use it far more often than I don't!


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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby harvey01 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:08 pm

I have ridden over 150,000 miles on Gold Wings. Yes I use the cruise control. It is very accurate at maintaining the speed and by using it I am able to keep my speed below the level to attract radar enforcement or other speed enforcement.
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby flogger » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:10 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:I use it far more often than I don't!


Ditto...
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby robb » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:29 pm

From 35 miles and up without hesitation. I like to twist the throttle but cruise saves me from getting tickets. Only a slight tap on foot brake pedal and it drops out. Reverse and cruise are why I own a Goldwing.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:29 am

I use mine all of the time o the highway. It's a wrist saver on a long ride like I do several times a year. Last year I found out how nice it is when I took a trip up to Cleveland and after stopping at the welcome center in Georgia I got back on I95 heading north and it would not engage. Had to make the whole round trip without it, (could not find a shop around Cleveland that was able to troubleshoot the problem while I was up there). Come to find out it was the combination switch mounted on the front brake lever.
Aside from the switch it has caused me to replace the left grip twice because of wear. As they are heated grips that is a little more expensive and time consuming than replacing the non-heated ones. By the way my ride is a 2006 and as I change the oil and filter every 3000 miles I just did my 64th oil change last weekend. I have just over 192,000 on the odometer with no problems other than normal wear and tear.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby aj1500 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:41 am

yep, like everyone else has said if I'm on the Hwy, for any distance the cruise goes on

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:05 am

Once I found out how to set it and use it correctly, and to increase and decrease speeds - it is a blessing on any lengthy trip.

I engage the cruise as soon as I am on some clear road, it saves effort and energy and I get to enjoy the ride a lot more than before.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:53 am

Hardly ever.I probably haven't put 50 miles on total in 10 years.Only use it mostly to free up my right hand to check to make sure I have my wallet or to give my hand a shake once in a while since I broke my wrist.Saying all that though I hardly ever run any multi-lane roads or run hard enough to worry about tickets.
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby themainviking » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:22 am

It is one of the great lifesavers about owning this bike. I have tendonitis in my back and my arms go dead if I have to hold the throttle open manually. I pretty much drive my goldwing by wire on the highway. Set the cruise and use the accel/coast buttons to handle the traffic speed. Either brake, and also the clutch cancel it out for safety. Since I have owned the bike, I have never pressed the on/off button for the cruise. It has been left on since new.
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby brettchallenger » Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:56 pm

Yes, I use it all the time, even on quite busy ordinary roads. Wonderful invention.

My wife adamantly refuses to use the one in the car, she says she doesn't feel in control. Not sure if this is a my wife thing, or a woman thing in general. I know I am on difficult ground here.
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby harvey01 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:33 pm

I don't think it is a woman thing! My wife uses it although not as much as me. Just as a side comment she also has her own bike without cruise and gives me a hard time about not having it!
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby flogger » Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:09 pm

brettchallenger wrote:My wife adamantly refuses to use the one in the car, she says she doesn't feel in control.


I can tell you as a retired pilot, it's the ultimate "in control" by being able to (1) control things with your fingertips and to (2) be able to fine tune controlling speeds up or down in 1 MPH increments... Flew every airplane I was in using autopilot and using other buttons to alter headings and altitudes and speeds by refined minuscule amounts... that's the way to fly a fighter jet just a few hundred feet above the tree tops doing several hundred miles per hour... or to fly any jet in severe weather on a precision approach like an ILS to land... it's the ultimate in controls, lol... the name, in a car or on our Wing, IS Cruise CONTROL...
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:55 pm

When I get the thing fixed, I'll use the heck out of it. I used it on my other 'Wing's and on my Voyager XII's.
Like others have said, when you don't have to constantly monitor your speed, and worry about LEO's, the trip becomes more enjoyable. :D
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Mh434 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:33 pm

I was surprised at how often I use mine! I seldom bother in the cars we own, as the roads hereabouts are stop-and-go, 24/7, but when I get out on open highway (usually, on the 'Wing!) the CC comes in handy. I don't know why it's so accurate, but it is - it will hold +/- better than 1 mph, and bumping the up & down switches allows adjustments of 1 mph or so at a time...particularly useful when riding in a large group.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Big Bee » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:46 pm

I use it on all of my vehicles, my Wing included when traffic permits. When traffic starts to stack up, or I'm in urban areas, then I stay with the throttle.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby DarthJ » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:25 am

I use it when I'm on the highways, unless traffic is heavy, on all vehicles.
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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Pam » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:24 am

I use it all the time. As soon as I hit the highway it goes on. Kick it off by simply taping a brake or clutch slow down to go through a speed zone then back to resume and the preset speed. Not having to constantly monitor the speedo is great. I ride quite often guys who don't use the cruise. No problem if I am in the lead but if I am following it is like a yeo yeo. Went for a ride a few days ago and the other guy does not use cruise. During the first half of 200 mile ride he burn't about 3/4 gallon more fuel

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Ryderftw » Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:11 pm

Thanks for all of the info, guys/girls. I think I got the picture now. ;)

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby fixdent » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:25 pm

I use it to free up my wrist if it starts to cramp up. Cruise control is nice.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby robb » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:30 pm

I use cruise about 75% of the ride, or whenever possible. If I could take the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control from my Prius and put it on the bike it would be done. Set it and allow it to adjust to prevailing speed. And it keeps me from getting tickets.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby Edd505 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:57 pm

I live in a small own with an in town 35-40 and one stop light. The next towns are 40 miles south and 75 miles north so I'm on cruse almost constantly.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby winger05 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:15 pm

Yes sir, use it every time I travel on the open road. Best thing since sliced bread.

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 29, 2016 6:46 pm

Once I fixed the cruise control engagement lag, it made the cruise control on my GL1500 far more pleasant to use. Before my GL1500, I had a throttle friction lock on my GL1100 that I used all the time. With my GL1500, I generally use it only on the highway when travelling for some distance. It makes a big difference when holding the throttle for hours at a time!

I leave mine turned on all the time, it never gets turned off. That way, whenever I need it, all I have to think about doing is hitting the "Set" button.

When I want to disengage it, for whatever reason, to avoid flashing my brake lights at the person behind me, I will very gently squeeze my clutch lever until the cruise disconnect switch is depressed. This doesn't push the lever far enough to actually disengage the clutch, but it causes the cruise control to cancel.

Incidentally, I will periodically check the various cruise disconnect switches periodically, just as part of a safety check, to ensure they are all working. Your cruise should immediately disconnect when:

- Clutch lever is squeezed
- Brake lever is squeezed
- Brake pedal is depressed
- Throttle is rotated closed

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Re: Cruise Control, Do You Use It On The Highway?

Postby mikemajor » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:44 am

I use it all the time on the highway, it's a wrist saver. However I avoid it on two lane roads, you never know what's around the corner !
It has saved me many speeding tickets on long trips. It seems to me that every time I've seen highway patrol cars on the road, is when they're giving out tickets.
To me, cruise control is a good option, it's up to the operator to use it properly.




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