Throttlemeister and Manic Salamander: Fail & Partial Fail
I know lots of people use and enjoy Throttlemeisters, but I was disappointed...
My Vee came with a Throttlemeister bar end throttle lock and the matching weight for the clutch side.
I was disappointed to find that the throttle lock could not be adjusted to actually hold the throttle open when engaged without severe drag when disengaged.
I was further disappointed to discover they are rubber-mounted (a fiendishly clever system that involves squishing o-rings to expand them and hold the TM on the bar.)
The problem is that rubber mounting severely reduces the ability of the TM to reduce vibration -- they're not solidly coupled to the handlebar. They have some effect, but not what they should.
Throttlemeisters are beautifully made and very cleverly engineered. They just didn't, you know, um... well, they just didn't work for me in either their primary or secondary functions. Yes, I installed and adjusted them correctly. Repeatedly. Yes, I rebuilt them -- flawless before and after. Maybe yours work. I dunno.
With that said, they'd be perfect with a wider range of action (the inner cylinder just doesn't move far enough to be useful) and solid metal-to-metal mounting. I'm sure many people are happy with theirs.
Manic Salamander's bar end weights are solidly mounted using an expanding aluminum wedge system, and they do a great job of reducing vibration. I have a set of the larger plain stainless steel weights on my Vee, and they're fantastic.
However, I have a set of their throttle lock weights on my GS850, and I'm sorry to report the throttle lock doesn't work for crap. I've also tried the lock on my KLR650 and on my Vee, and it just doesn't work very well on any of my bikes. Basically, the spring just isn't strong enough to develop the pressure to hold a throttle open. There are little "teeth" on the lock collar, but they still can't hang on to the grip and throttle tube. Yes, I've tried several different grips, adjustments, etc. After emailing back and forth with the maker, I've even tried various shims with no joy.
As bar-end weights, the Manic Salamanders are fantastic. Their throttle lock simply doesn't work.
2002 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Dark Metallic Space Blue
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2005 KLR685, Aztec Red - Turd II.2, the ReReTurdening