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post #1 of 35 Old 01-02-2017, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Throttle Control or Electronic Cruise Control

Hello my fellow V-Strom Enthusiasts,

I am on the fence whether or not to fork out the cash for an electronic cruise control (MC Cruise), or go with the cheaper option and purchase a Kaoko throttle control. We are talking about a $500 difference. I was hoping if any of you can provide insight on your experiences or recommendations. Thanks!
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An electronic cruise control is so much better. It is easier to engage, disengages when the brake is applied, keeps the set speed regardless of down or up road angle changes and never vibrates down to a lower throttle opening. The cheaper option I would prefer is a Rostra or CCS100 Electronic CC. Both are far from plug and play though.

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I have the Rostra, about $250. The installation is straightforward if you follow the instructions in the CC thread, but long. It is more or less a full day to install.

I have used both a throttle lock and the Rostra. If you ride mostly on flat interstate, the throttle lock is sufficient. If you simply want brief respite for your right hand, the throttle lock is sufficient. If however, you want constant speed and freedom to move your right hand around, then an electronic cruise control is the way to go. After using one for over 80,000 miles on an '09 650, it was the first farkle I bought for the new '15 DL1000.


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I am happy w/ the Kaoka, you have to be aware of inclines etc. to anticipate the+- of the speed, but that just keeps ya aware of the whole situation.
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My only reason for having a cruise control is to keep the police off my back.

I can set my speed then ignore the speedo, I will be within +or - 1kph of the set speed.

A throttle lock will give your right hand a break but it will not maintain a set speed.
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I try to avoid boring long straight roads which makes cruise control nice to have.

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It also works well on long curvy and hilly roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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To disengage a throttle lock you have to pull the clutch and turn the throttle all the way forward at the same time, not so easy to do in a panic situation, like if a deer suddenly appears or a ladder is on the road or something.

Does that ever happen? Likely not, but it could.

A real cruise control will maintain a set speed and you can +/- it which would be awesome, disadvantage being cost and installation.
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It also works well on long curvy and hilly roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Not so much once you hit NC.
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Hello my fellow V-Strom Enthusiasts,

I am on the fence whether or not to fork out the cash for an electronic cruise control (MC Cruise), or go with the cheaper option and purchase a Kaoko throttle control. We are talking about a $500 difference. I was hoping if any of you can provide insight on your experiences or recommendations. Thanks!
You've got a pretty good cross section of answers already. From my point of view if the money spent won't prevent you from getting something else you need, ... go all the way. Or if you care for simplicity get a thumb-lever mechanical throttle lock.

I have one bike with a electronic cruise. OEM BMW. Works as good or better than any you'd find in a car. All the others, including my V2, have the old style thumb lock. I never feel cheated by the simple ones. In fact I think they are just as easy to use and reaching down to add / remove a touch of speed is just as normal as checking my mirrors.

Which ever way you go it is worth it for long hauls not have the right side of your body handcuffed to one position.
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