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debodezine
New Member
18 Posts


Sterling, Co
USA

Kawasaki

900 Vulcan Classic

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  8:40 PM   DetailDetail                        Like
Poll Question:
What does everyone think about cruise control on motorcycles and if you are in favor of them what type you prefer and why you like or dont like.

Results:
yes, I like cruise control   [46%] 13 votes 
no, I dont like cruise control   [29%] 8 votes 
no opinion   [25%] 7 votes 
= Guests (6 votes)


Poll Status: Closed  »»   Total Votes: 28 counted  »»   Last Vote: 03/25/2007 7:14 PM 
Niebor
Ex-Member

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  9:19 PM
Living in Sterling, i'd want cruise control!
Seriously, if only a simple throttle lock, its nice to relax your right hand every once and awhile. H-D has a tensioner on the throttle that can be tightened to hold the throttle open. Not a good idea to leave it that way though! Nor would I recommend use in city traffic.

By the way, Welcome to the forum!
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Mystic Red
Male Senior Member
379 Posts


Twin Lakes, Idaho
USA

BMW

K1100LT

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  9:34 PM
Just finished installing cruise on my BMW and I love it! Had throttle lock before but I always had to look at the speedo anyway. With cruise all I have to do is cover the brake and watch traffic or scenery!
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River
Male Advanced Member
506 Posts
[Mentor]


Chippewa Falls, WI
USA

Kawasaki

Concours

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  9:40 PM
Hmmm...
I think of "cruse control" as a locking or setting mechanism (as in a car that permits you to relinquish manual control of the accelerator), like the "Throttlemeister" or "Brakeaway" and I think of the "crampbuster" and "throttlelocker" types as simple extensions of the throttle- since they still require you to maintain some form of control.

I put 'no opinion' cuz I don't use the former, but would use the latter.
^o^
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twc
Male Advanced Member
836 Posts
[Mentor]


Fort Collins, CO
USA

Harley-Davidson

Electra Glide Ultra

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  10:36 PM
quote:
Originally posted by debodezine

What does everyone think about cruise control on motorcycles...

I have cruise control on my Road King and love it. The 2007's come pre-wired for electronic cruise control so it's a relatively simple installation. Also, it has multiple interlocks so almost anything you touch will disengage it -- an important safety consideration.

It's surprising how relaxing it is to be able to avoid having to hold the throttle open during those long, straight runs through Colorado and Wyoming.
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debodezine
New Member
18 Posts


Sterling, Co
USA

Kawasaki

900 Vulcan Classic

Posted - 03/20/2007 :  7:32 AM
thank you to those who have voted so far and thanks for the welcome to Niebor I just got back into riding after about a 12 yr stint with out a bike, so my arms do get a little tired and I thought it would be nice to stretch the right one every now and then like you do the left. Our local John Deere dealership here also sells bikes and they put on a biker bash/chili feed last saturday it was great about 60 bikes and 70 + degree temps
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scottrnelson
Advanced Member
6954 Posts
[Mentor]


Meridian, ID
USA

Honda

XR650L, 790 Adv R

Posted - 03/20/2007 :  8:19 AM
I had a throttle lock on my ST2 when I first got it and, after trying it a few times, disabled the thing. I rarely ride on roads where a cruise control can be used, always making it a point to stay off of freeways whenever I have a choice.

I could probably make use of one of those throttle rockers on long trips to allow me to relax my grip a bit, though.

Cruise controls are for the boring parts. Avoid the boring parts.
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pimarider
Male Standard Member
107 Posts


Green Valley, Arizona
USA

Honda

ST1300ABS

Posted - 03/20/2007 :  1:50 PM
On rides of several hours my right hand used to cramp up fairly often so I thought about a cruise control for a while. However, most of my riding is on winding, sometimes hilly roads, and on town and city streets, so using a fixed power setting really isn't practical. I checked out a simple throttle rocker and that works just fine for me, even on expressway trips. No more cramped hands.
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Baggsy
Male Advanced Member
728 Posts
[Mentor]


Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Suzuki

09 Wee

Posted - 03/20/2007 :  9:53 PM
If I were to have cruise control it would be the built in kind.

It would be on one of those couches that you see flying down the highway where the people wave at you with their right hands.

I think the bikes are called Gold something or other.

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Stan
Standard Member
146 Posts


Tempe, AZ
USA

Kawasaki

Nomad 1500

Posted - 03/21/2007 :  10:27 AM
Yes, I find the throttle lock very helpful in resting the right hand. I installed mine backwards from the directions so that it's a little harder to engage (I have to snap it down toward me from an upright position) but then I can flip it up and off quickly with my thumb to disengage.
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WarHawk
Male Advanced Member
1796 Posts


Baytown, Texas
USA

Yamaha

'07 V-Star Custom

Posted - 03/21/2007 :  10:40 AM
quote:
Originally posted by scottrnelson

I had a throttle lock on my ST2 when I first got it and, after trying it a few times, disabled the thing. I rarely ride on roads where a cruise control can be used, always making it a point to stay off of freeways whenever I have a choice.

I could probably make use of one of those throttle rockers on long trips to allow me to relax my grip a bit, though.

Cruise controls are for the boring parts. Avoid the boring parts.


I am the opposite..I feel safer on the freeways and long haul cruising would make riding a dream, now I would have to get a actual cruise control not a throttle lock, those scare me..what if they dont disconnect?
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scottrnelson
Advanced Member
6954 Posts
[Mentor]


Meridian, ID
USA

Honda

XR650L, 790 Adv R

Posted - 03/21/2007 :  11:31 AM
quote:
Originally posted by WarHawk

I am the opposite..I feel safer on the freeways and long haul cruising would make riding a dream

As in so boring you might fall asleep?

quote:
Originally posted by WarHawk

now I would have to get a actual cruise control not a throttle lock, those scare me..what if they don't disconnect?


The one on my ST2 held the throttle in place using friction. It never required much effort to turn the throttle the other way to shut it off.
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jollyroger
Advanced Member
2157 Posts
[Mentor]


St. Charles, MO
USA

Harley-Davidson

Springer Classic

Posted - 03/21/2007 :  11:52 AM
quote:
Originally posted by WarHawk
those scare me..what if they dont disconnect?


You'd pull in the clutch, and ease on the brake while shifting to neutral while working your way to the side of the road.
Or was that a rhetorical question?
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twc
Male Advanced Member
836 Posts
[Mentor]


Fort Collins, CO
USA

Harley-Davidson

Electra Glide Ultra

Posted - 03/21/2007 :  3:05 PM
quote:
Originally posted by WarHawk

I would have to get a actual cruise control not a throttle lock...


Another reason to get a cruise control is that it maintains a constant speed. A throttle lock delivers constant power, which translates into different speeds depending on road conditions. Even the alleged "boring parts" can have uphill and downhill sections.
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Niebor
Ex-Member

Posted - 03/21/2007 :  3:56 PM
For the way I ride, a simple throttle lock works just fine. Primairily urban and mountains, its normally not very practical to leave the right hand unattended for any length of time anyhow.

If I were riding cross-country, i'd want electronic cruise. As it stands now, all I need is to relax the right hand every once and awhile.
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jimvw57
New Member
21 Posts


Red Wing, MN
USA

Posted - 04/07/2007 :  5:14 PM
Throtle lock works fine for me. Just need an occasional rest for my throtle hand. I also found gloves with the anti-vibration padding help too.
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bkikkert
Male Advanced Member
847 Posts
[Mentor]


Cornwall, Ontario
Canada

Harley-Davidson

Ultra Classic '08

Posted - 04/07/2007 :  7:46 PM
I like to be in control at all times on a motorcycle even on the superslab and I ride long distances quite often. In my opinion, cruise control belongs only on four wheel vehicles and should only be used on interstate quality highways.
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bridwell52
Male Senior Member
377 Posts


Pensacola, FL
USA

BMW

KGT

Posted - 04/08/2007 :  5:37 AM
I have cruise on the KGT. I use it quite often to maintain speed and relax the right hand. It works just like a car cruise. Push off the throttle it disengages, touch the brakes or clutch same thing. My average weekend ride is 300 miles so it is a pure pleasure. It lets you rest a little, and gets your eyes of the speed-o when the LEO is behind you.
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James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17381 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 04/08/2007 :  7:50 AM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
I agree in essense with bkikkert. There are very rare occassions when I think it is appropriate to use it.

Something else to consider ... cruise control on wet surfaces. It is simply DANGEROUS to operate using a cruise control when you have wet spots on the roadway. This is especially true if your speed sensor functions off the front wheel as in that case, when your rear tire encounters a slippery surface your engine can begin to race wildly as it tries to get your speed up, and when you pass beyond that wet spot you can literally get tossed off your bike when that rear tire grabs traction again.
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twc
Male Advanced Member
836 Posts
[Mentor]


Fort Collins, CO
USA

Harley-Davidson

Electra Glide Ultra

Posted - 04/08/2007 :  9:48 AM
quote:
Originally posted by James R. Davis

Something else to consider ... cruise control on wet surfaces.


Great description of the potential problems when using cruise control on wet roads. The glossary mentions the wet roads issue, but the "why" part is an important addition. That would be a good item to include in the Tips.
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James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17381 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 04/08/2007 :  6:15 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
Tip # 220 now exists. Thanks for the suggestion.
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