Cruise Control alternatives


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kbellous
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Cruise Control alternatives

Postby kbellous » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:48 pm



My 1984 GL1100 has a thumb latch cruise control attachment that works fine for a couple of kilometers/miles, but then starts to slow down. Is it worth replacing it with another one? I have also looked at the small throttle handle extension wings to rest the heel of your hand on so that the throttle hand grip can be more relaxed. Any experience or ideas for me? Thanks.
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Re: Cruise Control alternatives

Postby crowesnest3 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:38 pm

I have similiar thumb type cruise control, basically just a squeezing lock mechanism around the throttle handle. First, there should be a way to adjust the tension of the unit so that it clamps down tighter, although, I know mine is not so tight that you can't move throttle even when control is engaged and I would have to say that I will find that I will need to adjust the throttle to maintain a continuous speed. It is only a manual adjustment unlike your cars' which is more electronic and will self adjust for load, wind or just slippage ... that being said, any help in maintaining engine speed so that the rider has time to "shake out" and/or rest his throttle hand/arm is a good thing.

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Re: Cruise Control alternatives

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:33 pm

I use both the throttle lock ,yes the tension is adjustable,and the throttle rocker for the heal of my hand.The locker is for when I need to stretch or adjust something.I use the rocker to ease my grip on the throttle which gives me less fatigue on my wrist.Using the two of them together this way lets me easily do 10 hrs in the saddle with stops only for food and fuel.
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Re: Cruise Control alternatives

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:58 am

roadrouge wrote:I use both the throttle lock ,yes the tension is adjustable,and the throttle rocker for the heal of my hand.The locker is for when I need to stretch or adjust something.I use the rocker to ease my grip on the throttle which gives me less fatigue on my wrist.Using the two of them together this way lets me easily do 10 hrs in the saddle with stops only for food and fuel.

i have the same on my 1200 aspy. the 1500 has cruise control from the factory, it also has a throttle rocker
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kbellous
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Re: Cruise Control alternatives

Postby kbellous » Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:29 pm

Thanks for your helpful comments. I need to add a throttle rocker so that I can relax my grip a bit while riding. I can make that a winter project since we are late in the riding season in the great white north.
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Britanicus
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Re: Cruise Control alternatives

Postby Britanicus » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:57 pm

Not much of a project, You can buy a palm rest at any bike shop for about 10 bucks
The only thing is that you have to play with it a bit to adjust it so that at cruising speed it is in the position that suits you. You cannot do that without driving it so unless your winter is in the US south it is a riding project. I don't personally care for throttle locks as they could interfere with hard sudden stops as the user may forget to disengage it.

If youre really careful and only use it on open stretches when you need a break then ......

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Re: Cruise Control alternatives

Postby crowesnest3 » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:58 am

just a futher reflection on "cruise control/throttle locks" ... as I said earlier, I keep mine set in such a way that I can "hold" a throttle speed, but it is not set so that it locks the throttle which, no doubt, would be a negative in a "hard" stop. I know mine will still return to idle with the same instinctual wrist movement I would use anyway to shut down the throttle, its just not friction free.

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Re: Cruise Control alternatives

Postby lhelber » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:35 pm

I use the Brakeaway motorcycle cruise control www.brakeawayproducts.com. It is actually a throttle lock and not a cruise control. IT is also the only throttle lock that will release as soon as you grab the front brake. The tension is adjustable and it is designed to allow you to adjust the throttle while you are using it. So you can tweak the amount of throttle while you are using it. I also use the ISO grips with the throttle bosses on them so just resting the palm will allow you to control your speed. I use the throttle lock only when I need to throw a switch or shack out the numbness in my hand. The palm rest for all other times.




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