Cruise control issues


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dayser
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Cruise control issues

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My Cruise control on a 2009 1800 Does not want to set. The cruise light powers on and off but will not set. It actually quit at the end of last season. When I first started up this spring it still would not set.



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Re: Cruise control issues

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Try pushing out the clutch lever and see if cruise engages. If it does then the most likely issue is the relay on clutch side needs replaced. If that’s it be careful putting in new one. Their is a small round “ bump” that goes into a small hole to hold it in place.

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And if that does not seem to be the problem, get a can of CRC cleaner that is safe for plastics, and spray the heck out of the cruise buttons while pushing them over and over again. This should clean out any dirt and get them functioning again. Last ditch is to take the right side controls apart to clean them, but be very careful as there are tiny parts and springs that will run away from you and hide where you can never find them.
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Re: Cruise control issues

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Thanks much for both of your replies...I have used lubricants, but have to be honest probably not the best one's....the clutch plan is one I never thought of and it could be that sitting over the winter and little playing with things made it work again...but I don't want to have it be hit and miss..so thanks again.

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Re: Cruise control issues

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dayser wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 11:11 am
Thanks much for both of your replies...I have used lubricants, but have to be honest probably not the best one's....the clutch plan is one I never thought of and it could be that sitting over the winter and little playing with things made it work again...but I don't want to have it be hit and miss..so thanks again.
There are a couple of micro switches associated with the brake and clutch lever that will disable the cruise control. If they are not working, it prevents the cruise control from working. There is also a bushing in the clutch lever that if worn can cause intermittent cruise control operation.

The Clutch lever micro switch.switch: you should hear a faint click as you start to pull the clutch lever off of its at rest position. If you do not hear that click, then the switch may be stuck. Spraying a little of the cleaner into the switch may make it start working again.
There is a second switch in the clutch lever set ups as well. It is used to allow starting of the engine when in gear and the side stand is up. That switch does not come into play until the lever is pulled all the way back to the grip. You can hear it click too if it is working. But, it is only for starting the bike and has no function for the cruise control.

The Brake lever micro switch: you should hear a faint click as you start to pull the clutch lever off of its at rest position. If you do not hear that click, then the switch may be stuck. Spraying a little of the cleaner into the switch may make it start working again.

There is also a bushing in the clutch handle that if worn can cause intermittent cruise application AND prevent you from starting the bike while in gear with the side stand up.

Cyclemax of Ohio sells the micro switches and bushings and so does your Honda dealer.

There are other switches that can prevent the cruise from engaging but I think either the clutch or brake lever switches or clutch lever bushing is probably your issue.
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Re: Cruise control issues

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Just had the same problem. Luckily my bike is still under a limited warranty so after my dealer identified the faulty relay switch in the clutch lever he also replaced the one in the front brake lever saying if one has gone, the other might go shortly. ( He's kind of good that way.) He also told me that in 20 years he has never had to replace the one in the back brake.

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Re: Cruise control issues

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Once again I can only say thank you. With so many places to check if I check them all with no improvement...it looks like a trip to shop. Hopefully this will take care of though...

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Re: Cruise control issues

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Don't know if you found it but I'll offer this. A few years back I put on a set of Kuryakyn boards. I was careful not to move or change anything. Nonetheless when complete, the cruise would not engage. A few days later, still not having found the problem, I was pacing around the bike. On the third or fourth trip (all the while muttering to myself) I noticed the brake light was on. Evidently the Kuryakyn brake pedal was slightly different. Adjusted the rear brake light switch everything is once again operating as designed.

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Re: Cruise control issues

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Thank you. You added one more place to look. I have no doubt with all of your help I will be cruising with my cruise with no problem...

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Re: Cruise control issues

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I just fixed this exact problem on my '03 Wing. If pressing out on the clutch lever keeps the cruise control engaged, and releasing that outward pressure causes the cruise control to stop, then you may need to replace a small brass bushing in the handle. It's a $13 part on Amazon, and took 5 minutes to swap. Here is a good video to show what I am talking about.

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