Thank you very much, Dkayak. I confess I can't claim inspiration for the design; I saw the Omni cruise (I think that's what it was called) and figured I could make one pretty easily out of laminated plastic.Nice craftsmanship. You obviously put some care into not just function but also appearance.
I'm using a vista cruise because I spent too much money to afford the Kaoko version at the moment. I put it on right before my recent 2900 mile trip through Fl, Ga, SC, NC, Va, & Tn. It worked fine on the way out bud failed to work reliably on the way back. The rubber inserts were too small for the small thin OEM grips so that I had to tighten the set screws too much. During the trip the set screws starting punching their way through the rubber insert it was applying pressure on, reducing tension and allowing it to rotate on the grip when engaged. In the mountain areas such throttle locks are pretty pointless in my opinion anyways but here in South Flatistan they are very useful. They are also very useful crossing other flatlands such as much of Tx, La, Ks, Ne, etc.
Upon returning home I made an arc of flat aluminum and then cut it into three pieces and used them as shims under the set screws. I made them out of one of the fins I busted off of the aluminum heat sinks form an old computer UPS I used to make the mounting brackets for my JCW top box. I'm glad I'd been too lazy to clean off my work bench. The throttle lock worked fine on this weekends 200 mile round trip to Dania Beach Fl.
I've used the universal vista cruise on a couple of other bikes and consider them adequate, but nothing more. I have the Throttlemeister on my old Connie. I like the Kaoko because it's easier to roll with the heel of your hand. I've looked at the Breakaway brand throttle lock too. It appears to be of very high quality and design (and expense) however it doesn't work with heated grips, which my wife has and I'm considering.
I'm toying with the idea of trying Murf's electronic cruise control. However, I would like to first try it on my wife's 09 Versys so I could steal her Kaoko throttle lock, that she's skeered of.
What kind of electronic cruise control are you talking about? The Rostra is $240 and seems pretty complicated to install. The Kaoko may be on the pricey side (~$125) for a throttle lock, but it's simple to install and use.I think for what the Kaoko's cost, I'd just spring for an electronic cruise control.
That thought has crossed my mind - especially when making adjustments on up and downhill slopes. It's been a while since I reviewed the Rostra installation instructions, but as I recall, the install seems like a PITA. The throttle lock is as straight-forward as it gets.I think for what the Kaoko's cost, I'd just spring for an electronic cruise control.
That's pretty much why I stick with a throttle lock; sheer simplicity. It would be nice to have the benefits of an actual cruise control, but there are other accessories I'd rather spend the money on, and a throttle lock suits the kind of riding I do. If I end up buying an FJR, though, I'll be glad that it has a factory cruise control.That thought has crossed my mind - especially when making adjustments on up and downhill slopes. It's been a while since I reviewed the Rostra installation instructions, but as I recall, the install seems like a PITA. The throttle lock is as straight-forward as it gets.