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post #1 of 21 Old 05-24-2013, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Throttle locks and Cruise control

So I've got a big MC trip coming up in August and I'm prepping my bike for the long haul. We are riding from Minneapolis to Sana Fe and back up through Sturgis and back to Mpls in 8 days. There are going to be a few long boring stretches and I'd like to try and stay relatively comfortable.

With that said, I'm looking at throttle locks. The only experience I've had with throttle locks was the Throttlemeister on my FJR. It worked nice, but was awkward to set and felt almost dangerous if I needed to make a quick maneuver and use my brakes.

With that said, I've been looking at the Brakeaway Throttle Locks. These locks allow you to set and release the lock using the thumb on your throttle hand. The Brakeaway has an added safety feature that will release the lock when you apply the front brake.

I've contacted Brakeaway and their customer support is worse than useless. Basically Brakeaway says that they haven't tested their lock on the VFR1200 and they refuse to provide any technical information on their product... They said that they will not sell the throttle lock to me because it poses a potential safety risk because they have not verified that it will work on my bike... I call bull crap.

Anyways, I've done some back of the napkin measurements and there is no reason it shouldn't work (Helibars give me the tank clearance I need). I just need to fab up a longer bracket for proper fitment.

Long story short, I'd like to get the Brakeaway for the added safety feature of releasing the lock when I apply the brakes, but you pay through the nose for this feature.

Is there something else I should consider? I'd like to stick with something that looks clean and something that can be released in a hurry if need be. I've looked at many different types of locks, but inputs on REAL riders experience with different locks would be helpful with my decision.



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post #2 of 21 Old 05-24-2013, 08:40 AM
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I used to use these which were simple, easy to set up, and apply:

Sound Off Recreational, Inc. - Cruise Control Products

Specifically the universal vista cruise.

Then I went to Throttlemeister. Yes it is a pain to apply, but it works as advertised once it is set up properly. I couple it with a throttle rocker in addition.



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Omni-Cruise

I've tried Throttlemeister (two bikes) and Manic Salamander (one bike) and didn't really like any of them. They work but they're awkward in how you lock and unlock them. I recently got an Omni-Cruise for the 919 and I like it alot. It works as advertised and is easy to use.

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Simple and cheap. Be sure to order the right size and use the rubber ring http://www.thecycleguys.com/go-cruis...ttle-assist-1/

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+1 on what andrewebay1 suggested. I've heard good things about those.

Another low tech option is the Crampbuster. They're cheap, really give my hand a break during long stretches, yet I'm still not taking my hand off the throttle incase something happens. I can stretch my arm out and maintain speed, with nothing locking the throttle.

http://www.crampbuster.com/

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+1 on what andrewebay1 suggested. I've heard good things about those.

Another low tech option is the Crampbuster. They're cheap, really give my hand a break during long stretches, yet I'm still not taking my hand off the throttle incase something happens. I can stretch my arm out and maintain speed, with nothing locking the throttle.

http://www.crampbuster.com/
+1 on CBusters

I use to have just the cramp busters, which works great on its own. I now have both and use both frequently when cruising out of the city. If you gave multiple bikes, you can easily transfer them from one to another.

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That Omni-Cruise is interesting. I've seen something similar but wasn't too impressed. I like how the Omni-Cruise will let you disable the lock using your thumb.

I've tried the cramp buster before, but they seem to take up too much grip space and get in the way when you don't want to use it.



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Vista Cruise, $24 and 42,000 miles. Adjusted one time and I use it about 5-6 times every ride.

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I used to use these which were simple, easy to set up, and apply:

Sound Off Recreational, Inc. - Cruise Control Products

Specifically the universal vista cruise.

Then I went to Throttlemeister. Yes it is a pain to apply, but it works as advertised once it is set up properly. I couple it with a throttle rocker in addition.
I have the NEP one in this link. Works like a charm adjustable and doesnt get in the way. I use it all the time even for short rides.

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what width are the stock handlebars on the 919.Looking at getting the Go Cruise do I need 1" or 7/8" thanks

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Thanks just ordered. have never used a throttle lock much, but nice for a little break.

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post #13 of 21 Old 05-25-2013, 12:48 PM
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I have the BrakeAway on my 919. Works fine. A little difficult to install, but if you take your time, and refer to the instructions it can be done in an hour.

Biggest problem with throttle locks is that few roads are really flat. You still have to pay attention to your speed.

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does anyone have experience with the throttlemeister and bar end mirrors? i'm looking for some sort of throttle lock, but I really like my bar end mirrors and would probably choose those over a throttle lock

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Simple and cheap. Be sure to order the right size and use the rubber ring http://www.thecycleguys.com/go-cruis...ttle-assist-1/
I got one of these and used it today, cheap, simple and effective. Also pretty discrete. Im taking my first long haul ride from Riverside CA to the bay area and bought this.

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I got one of these and used it today, cheap, simple and effective. Also pretty discrete. Im taking my first long haul ride from Riverside CA to the bay area and bought this.
Be careful taking it on and off the bars. Busted mine putting in back on the bars today.

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I just use some 12 gauge electrical wire twisted together. Brace it against the brake lever and ride out.

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I just use some 12 gauge electrical wire twisted together. Brace it against the brake lever and ride out.
Woah woah woah, I think I need photos of this mad scientist creation.

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Woah woah woah, I think I need photos of this mad scientist creation.
I'll get a few after work

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I have a Kaoko throttle lock. It's a bit on the expensive side but it works like a champ

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