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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Strato/Roadliner cruise control unit?

I rode a 50+ mile ride last week.

This may very well be a confession of my own wussyness - and if so mea culpa - but my right hand was numb and unhappy constantly attached to the throttle.

It occurred to me that said hand would be happier with a cruise control unit.

Have any of you added a cruise control unit? How well is it working for you and how does it look?
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I rode a 50+ mile ride last week.

This may very well be a confession of my own wussyness - and if so mea culpa - but my right hand was numb and unhappy constantly attached to the throttle.

It occurred to me that said hand would be happier with a cruise control unit.

Have any of you added a cruise control unit? How well is it working for you and how does it look?

A true electronic cruise control is available as an outsource aftermarket item (I think the supplier is actually in Australia). When I looked at them they ran about $1200 USD.

Some folks have added the friction lock types and the reviews are mixed. I've avoided them because various forum threads are replete with sad tales of gloves, fingers, cuffs, etc. hooking on them at the most inopportune times resulting in either runaway or "all stop" conditions. And of course the friction types don't compensate for grades.

Without passing any sort of judgement, perhaps a better investment might be a wrist brace? Most hand discomfort is due to over-tight tight grip, loss of circulation due to elbow/shoulder position and vibration transmitted through the grips. Some of that can be alleviated with ISO type grips and comfortable gloves. Two years ago a friend gave me a pair of John Deere leather gloves that are the most comfortable summer motorcycle gloves I've ever owned.

But as I recall, you're experienced and working to modify your handlebar pullback so you probably know all of this.

Good luck in your research
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www.crampbuster.com/I use a cramp buster or throttle boss. They are cheap and functional.It lets the outter pad of your palm rest on it so you don't have to squeeze the grip so tight.

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I appreciate your advice and find it very useful. I've thought about investing in a better pair of gloves. And I'm not about to spend $1,200 on a cruise unit.

But the way you end kind of sounds like I've seriously pissed you off somehow:

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But as I recall, you're experienced and working to modify your handlebar pullback so you probably know all of this.
For the record, I think I've been rather clear: I rode a motorcycle for six years TWENTY YEARS AGO. I've NEVER put on hoity toity airs about my being "experienced." I can document on this very forum that I have done anything BUT boast about my "experience." And I frankly have no idea whatsoever why you would characterize me that way.

Furthermore, I didn't "work" to modify ANYTHING on the bike I bought. It CAME with a set of mini-apehangers. I didn't put the dang things on; the previous owner did. And my crime was that I rode the bike and liked them enough that I didn't want to go through half a day of rewiring the stock bars to put them back on the bike. If doing absolutely nothing is what you mean by my "working to modify your handlebar pullback," I guess I have to stand guilty as charged.

All that said, those twenty years ago when I last rode, I put a very cheap cruise control unit on my bike. Somehow I avoided total disaster with it. Maybe that's because I was so "experienced" or something.

I actually appreciate the advice you gave. Maybe a good set of the right kind of gloves would take care of my issue. I wouldn't care that much if a cruise unit lost some speed over time and that sort of thing, because all I'm really looking for is something to avoid experiencing "the Claw" syndrome. And I wouldn't want to add something that would look crappy on an otherwise beautiful bike if I could make things better with the right set of gloves.

I'm not here to start pissing contests. I have liked this forum and received a lot of excellent advice - including right here. But I'm also not here to be ridiculed. Especially if the person doing said ridiculing is asserting stuff about me that isn't even correct.
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http://www.customraider.net/cruise.html Here's another site you might be interested in.

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Hdeater,

That crampbuster thing looks pretty good. They sell them on Amazon -

http://www.amazon.com/CrampBuster-Throttle-Mounted-Motorcycle-Cruise/dp/B000NUVPQA
- and they ARE cheap.

That might be the "wrist brace" that Springer was talking about. I'm not sure.

Between the "comfortable gloves" that gadget, I think that would go a long way toward a more comfortable ride.

Thank you very much for the link to the $330 cruise kit. I would go for the crampbuster first, and only think about the cruise unit if it didn't work for me.
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I thought about the cruise kit but I don't do enough hwy flying to justify it.The cramp buster gets me by for a whole lot less.But on the other hand who can really justify any of our mods we do. Hell I spent over 300 for my exhaust and had a perfectly good one on the bike. You know what I mean.It's all in what you want to make your bike your own.Sounds like a star commercial.lol

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21 inch chrome raider front wheel
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I spent all my free money on the bike. And actually spent more than I'd budgeted (especially considering that I'm going to still have to buy a windshield for this bike).

I would rather start cheap and work my way up in regards to cruise assistance devices.

And frankly I don't know HOW much highway riding I'll end up doing.

I know what you mean about mods. I'm planning to get a Stratoliner shield ASAP. And then I thought a driver backrest would be really nice. And then I saw somebody with highway pegs on their crash bars and thought that might be nice. And then I decided I needed a little help with some kind of cruise assist. And then ...?
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Just make the voices go away.I tell ya it don't stop.But it so much fun.I've had my bike since June of 09 and it does take time to add changes to the bike unless your loaded with a nice bank roll.I think we all kinda do it on a budget.It seems more rewarding that way.

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http://www.brakeawayproducts.com/app...=7&model_id=36

I got a brakeaway cruise on mine, and it works pretty well... It releases as soon as you tap the front brake lever.
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