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Cruise Control
NEVER if the road is wet!

By: James R. Davis

You may have cruise control on your bike and you may think it's God's gift when you are out on a long ride and your right hand begins to cramp. But you should pay attention to this bit of advice: NEVER use cruise control if the road is wet!

If your bike's speed sensor obtains its information from the front wheel and the ground is slippery, your engine can begin to race aggressively as that control tries to increase your speed. That, of course, spins the rear tire. You have lost control!

And if that's not bad enough, once you pass beyond that wet spot and regain traction with your rear tire you can then be literally thrown off your bike, at least accelerated big time, when it does so.

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(James R. Davis is a recognized expert witness in the fields of Motorcycle Safety/Dynamics.)

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