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post #1 of 40 Old 04-01-2015, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Best Throttle Lock

what is the best throttle lock for my 2013 DL650?

I had the universal Vista Cruise, but I never could get it to hold the throttle open for long. It could have been my fault, I assembled from parts from various VC locks I have had over the years.

Now I have the Kaoko installed. It will hold the throttle open, but I find it difficult to use.

The go-cruise contacts the handguards...

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post #2 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 03:55 AM
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I use a simple cramp buster.
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post #3 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 04:56 AM
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I used Kaoko on my last few bikes and I like it.
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post #4 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 06:08 AM
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I had a Vista on my CBR1000F and DL650 but, like you, found they didn't hold the throttle for long.

I now have an OmniCruise on my XJR1300 but don't think much of it either.

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post #5 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 09:44 AM
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I'm with Alan. Butt, I have a go cruise as a back up.
I hated the Throttle meisters on my BMW RT, I kept forgetting I had it set and the throttle was always stiff and cause discomfort. Operator eroor but I'm not accepting that!
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post #6 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 01:37 PM
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I had something similar to the vista on a bandit 1200 I used to own. Never used it because I could never get it to keep the throttle in locked...even after trying to make the connection tighter by adding rubber wrapped around the grip. Yeah, it gave a momentary break from the right wrist, but not long.

I've got something on my used 2007 vstrom 1000, that after looking up Kaoko, I'm guessing that is what it is. It does keep the throttle locked, but I tried using it once and found that somehow it had been cross threaded and wouldn't tighten. It also is much tougher to lock that the design of the vista. I've had to reach over with the left had to twist while my right hand was operating the throttle. Not the safest thing. I wasn't worried, but could be better.

I don't do much long distance riding so its not a big issue, but I've seen threads on here about installing electrical cruise control. I know its much more involved and costly, but if you do a lot of touring, you may want to consider that. Would be pretty nice to have!

I'll be honest...I haven't seen a throttle lock that really works well.
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post #7 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 01:51 PM
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Vista works well for me - I have Kaoka on the one bike and it find it a bit annoying but if I set it as a more of a friction setting ( I can still move the throttle ) then it's fine.
Vista you might have to tighten or add a bit of friction - I've never had a slip once set up properly.

If this is positioned well it works a charm

Easy on off with a tiny thumb movement

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post #8 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 02:04 PM
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I have had moderate success with the Vista's ver the years, the last one was on my KLR and it worked well.

I also had Throttle Meisters on my Beemers and although they were pricey, for me, they worked like a charm. Easy on, easy off and if you needed to, you could easily 'override' it in an emergency without actually turning it off. Am considering getting one for the DL650 but am not sure it'll work with my heated grips and hand guards in place?



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post #9 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 04:42 PM
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I have used the cheaper version of vista cruise on quite a few motorcycles and it works ok, every so often one needed to tighten the screw a little bit but does not cost much and can be moved onto the next motorcycle without much trouble, On my current new ride a 2012 650 adventure i just installed the gocruise cheaper unit that works great in the garage but have not had time to try it out yet.
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post #10 of 40 Old 04-02-2015, 05:48 PM
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Kaoko, FTW

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