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post #1 of 17 Old 10-03-2019, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cruise control

Just wondering what your ideas are on Kaoko Throttle Lock Cruise Control For Suzuki V-Strom 650 '2010 With OEM Handguards
Interested to know if you've had one used one or have one for sale
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-03-2019, 04:49 PM
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A throttle lock is not technically cruise control. Throttle locks work great if you are on a flat straight stretch of road. If there is any grade up or down with a throttle lock the seed will not stay constant.

The good news is throttle locks are cheap and do work at allowing you a few moments of relief.

I have Kaoko's on both my BMW but only because they came installed from the previous owners. I would not spend that kind of guap when there are other throttle locks that work just as well for less than $30.
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Hi Tim,
I've got a throttle lock on my 650. I don't know if it's a 'brand name' but it works. As 'Perazzi' noted, they don't hold the speed on hills, but if you want the opportunity to set the lock and rest your grip for a few minutes on a straight-away, then they work fine.
I rode 17,000 kms this spring across the USA and found it very handy just to rest your hand and wrist for a few minutes. 99% of the time I'm a two handed rider!!
Later dude....ride safe.

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I have other throttle locks and IMO the Kaoko throttle lock is worth the money, I have it on a 650 with the Barkbusters handguards.

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I've been thru several lock type "cruise controls".

I've tried to use the NEP but I didn't have a mechanical engineering degree and could never get it mounted right and gave up. Tried the Go Cruise and Omni-Cruise and both started to slip after a time and I had to cut back on the grip puppies to fit, but at least I could install them.

Finally got a Kaoko. A bit spendy but easy to install and holds. It is a bit fiddly to set and takes some practice and getting use to. But it holds. It is not a cruise control though and needs to be adjusted (as all locks do) as the terrain changes but the friction is just enough to make it easy to do and still hold the new setting.

I've had the Kaoko about 6 years and still works fine and gives my throttle hand a rest as needed.


One Kaoko installation note: after installing the Kaoko I found the compression bolt head lying on the garage floor. It had snapped off. I did not think I had torqued it down that hard but maybe.... I picked up a steel bolt from Ace Hardware and it has performed fine. The original bolt was passed on to Twisted Throttle (where I purchased it) and photos sent to Kaoko. The thought is it is/was just a fluke, a manufacturing flaw in the bolt.

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My bike had a KAOKO on it when I bought it. I never liked it. Too fiddly. I adapted a cheaper one that mounts next to the throttle cable housing, quick & easy to use. Sold the KAOKO for $40.00.

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Wow.... Really appreciate the input.
I realize they're not cruise control but just a throttle lock.
They do seem a bit on the expensive side, but then again on a long journey it would come in handy for that short rest the wrist.
I do have a trip planned for 2020 consisting of 18000 km.
I'll keep my eyes open for a used one or if any of you fine gentlemen happened to come across one before I do please let me know I would like to give it a try.
Here in Northern Ontario it is almost time to put the bikes away till May of next year so far all my Southern friends if you are riding this winter ride safe and keep the rubber side down.
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Wow.... Really appreciate the input.
I realize they're not cruise control but just a throttle lock.
They do seem a bit on the expensive side, but then again on a long journey it would come in handy for that short rest the wrist.
Short rest is exactly what it will provide. I drove 5,000KM with it on my 650. It drove me nuts... I had to adjust it thousands of times because there were few level/straight sections of roads. However, it did allow me to rest periodically, which is pure gold.

For slabbing, nothing beats proper cruise. You'll realize that the first time you ride with someone who has it.

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Had a Gocruise on my Strom. It really helped to relax your hand but you can't set and forget. It's adjustable with a thumb screw to compensate for wear and slippage. Had to trim the grip puppy down a little and heat the OEM hand guard to pull it out a little to clear.

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Overall I'm happy with my Atlas throttle lock.
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