Cruise on all the time


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Cruise on all the time

Postby hap2 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:03 am



My Wing mechanic guy suggested I have cruise on all the time. He explained to me the reason, but I can't recall it right now. Just wondring if u think this is a good idea & y or y not?



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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby MikeB » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:18 pm

Was his reasoning that the switches sometimes don't work due to dirt and road grime?

Anyway, I have mine on all the time on both bikes. I turned it off once and had to work the switch over with contact cleaner and lube. All the handlebar switches suffer from freeze up once in a while unless regularly operated.

So, if you do not leave the switch engaged all the time, at least operate it every time you ride. That would help prevent the inevitable sticky switch.
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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby hap2 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:35 pm

I forget what his reason was, but anyway, what u said makes sense. Thanx

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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby joeincalif » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:37 am

I turn mine on when I first get the bike and never turn it off. The other switches, flasher, mute etc I turn on/off a couple times a month to keep them operating correctly.
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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby bstig60 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:39 pm

I leave the cruise on all the time. Can't see any reason to turn it off......
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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby hap2 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:56 pm

hmmm ok. I kinda wonder what the big advantage is of having it on all the time, but I guess I'm thinking too much like it's my car cruise which I only put on when I use it for fear it might wear something out faster if I use it when I don't have to. I'm starting to finally believe (most) everybody on this forum knows more about bike related things than I do judging from all the great answers I get.

Thank you (all) again.

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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby bstig60 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:01 am

The cruise control comes on with the ignition if you didn't turn it off before you shut off the ignition first. Its just easier to leave it on and it isn't going to wear anything out.
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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby hap2 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:08 am

Right u r.

Thanx again

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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby Fiberthree » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:19 am

bstig60 wrote:The cruise control comes on with the ignition if you didn't turn it off before you shut off the ignition first. Its just easier to leave it on and it isn't going to wear anything out.


Kind of makes you wonder what was the reason Honda put a in switch.
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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby hap2 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:48 am

I very seldom use cruise. I think I've used it once in 2 yrs (since I got this bike) just to try it out. It's nice, but I feel lots more secure knowing that I have full control of the bike at all times. Maybe I just have to get comfortable with it, I'm not sure, but I'm ok w/o ever using it.

Ur right. It does come on with the ignition, but if I manually turn it off, it won't come on with the ignition & I'm ok with that. But since my GW mechanic guy said it's best to leave it on (even tho not set), I do that.

Now, I'd like to find a rather inexpensive (but good) bracket for my Garmin nuvi GPS for the 1500.

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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby bstig60 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:44 am

This is what I use for my Nuvi 2597 LMT, without the suction cup. I used a piece of ABS plastic and mounted it where the GW badge goes in between the bars. Works great! https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/shop-by ... 47-00.html
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Re: Cruise on all the time

Postby Charlie1Horse » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:49 pm

hap2,
The difference between the car and the Goldwing is that the car cruise is automatically turned off every time you turn the ignition off, and you HAVE TO turn it on again if you use it. The Wing does not work that way. The car switches are not subjected to outside grime and moisture so they don't tend to get dirty and sticky therefore there is no problem with turning it off and on.
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