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rrrr
01-30-2008, 10:12 PM
Went for a ride the other day, very cold, even with the DL650 handguards my hands got cold. Would be nice to have a throttle lock so I can rest/warm up the hand. Any options? With the handguards the throttlemeister isn't an option. Anybody using anything?

kurt
01-30-2008, 10:28 PM
http://www.kaokousa.com/throttle.html

Brass
01-30-2008, 11:01 PM
I don't have a cure for the throttle lock issue but for cold hands try a set of heated grips. Once you have, you'll wonder how you ever rode in cold weather without them.
I installed a cheap set under the stock grips. On low they keep your hands nicely toasted, set on high you have to let go of the bar from time to time to cool off. Best $30 I spent on the bike so far.

suzukijo
01-30-2008, 11:04 PM
i cant imagine needing a cruise control on my bike. i guess i just ride long distances or haunt freeways that long and straight. imo

sparkyphotog
01-30-2008, 11:18 PM
I saw a homemade throttle lock once that was pretty ingenious. Your question prompted me to go make one. All I did was cut a section out of a hanger and twisted it around the throttle grip. When in place against the brake lever, it provides enough friction to hold the throttle open. I haven't ridden with it yet, but I'll let you know if it works.

http://sparkyphotog.smugmug.com/photos/249283537-M.jpg

In use:

http://sparkyphotog.smugmug.com/photos/249283890-M.jpg

Stowed:

http://sparkyphotog.smugmug.com/photos/249284289-M.jpg

It might need a little tweaking, but I think it will work.

rrrr
01-30-2008, 11:32 PM
I'm thinking more of the vista cruise options. Anyone using one of those?

cporter3
01-31-2008, 07:32 AM
Try the NEP CC-4. Simple to install and gives your hand a short rest period.

John Bennett
01-31-2008, 07:59 AM
... try a set of heated grips. Once you have, you'll wonder how you ever rode in cold weather without them... Best $30 I spent on the bike so far.

+10

You will experience more riding enjoyment from a set of heated grips than hundreds of dollars you might spend on pipes, electronics, or performance mods.

The inline 4 of a Bandit does not have the centrifugal momentum necessary to behave well with a throttle lock. The throttle requires constant adjustment to maintain a steady cruising speed. You can use one, it's just not pleasurable.

These are a much better solution: http://www.throttlerocker.com

http://www.throttlerocker.com/images/handgrip.jpg

Best motorcycle money I ever spent was on those two items.

bones
01-31-2008, 11:41 AM
From my old KLR files. I used one of those cheap bungies, not the tough rubber ones and wrapped it from left mirror to the right and round the throttle and back to the mirror. Worked like a charm for the most part. Also a rubber band is a real simple solution. All temporary of course, none hold speed all that great, but enough to warm or relieve some fatigue.

dukey33
01-31-2008, 12:02 PM
I have a vista cruise. The problem I have with it is the normal vibration coming through the handlebar will cause the throttle to close. This is likely an inherent feature to any throttle lock that uses friction. Unless you adjust so much friction that it crushes the resilient parts, then it's not really friction anymore.

Nevertheless, it's good for getting a break from holding the throttle on long, straight stretches of highway. And we seem to have no lack of those down here.

The Big Spank Daddy
01-31-2008, 01:31 PM
I have a Throttlemiester on the GPZ and it is by far the best one I've had.

camperjohn
02-05-2008, 05:30 PM
... for cold hands try a set of heated grips. Once you have, you'll wonder how you ever rode in cold weather without them.
I installed a cheap set under the stock grips. On low they keep your hands nicely toasted, set on high you have to let go of the bar from time to time to cool off. Best $30 I spent on the bike so far.

Where did you buy them? Did you get them online?

Brass
02-06-2008, 09:21 AM
Where did you buy them? Did you get them online?

http://www.cyclebuy.com/shopping/enduro/grip_heaters.htm

There are pics of the install in the mega-thread.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=311840#post311840

rrrr
02-06-2008, 10:21 AM
http://www.cyclebuy.com/shopping/enduro/grip_heaters.htm

There are pics of the install in the mega-thread.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=311840#post311840

Anyone using a throttle lock with these type of grip heaters?

FatalException0E
02-06-2008, 11:15 AM
I'm thinking more of the vista cruise options. Anyone using one of those?

Just on a Pacific Coast...nice there, gives a good rest. I never had one until I got the PC. Now I want one for the Bandit. I'm considering actual cruise control, though.

bones
02-06-2008, 11:30 AM
I think I have the Vista?? I can check when I get home. If anyone wants it I will never install it. $25

Brass
02-06-2008, 03:56 PM
You would be able to position the wires in a way that would clear the throttle lock. I would suggest using a piece heat shrink tubing to help mould the wires into a semi-firm position.

rrrr
02-07-2008, 08:30 PM
Tried the vista on the Bandit and it didn't work well. Required me to remove some plastic from the throttle tube and even with constant fitting never worked well. With handguards throttlemeister type locks won't work so any other suggestions. I really want a factory type look.

Brass
02-07-2008, 09:06 PM
http://www.kaokousa.com/throttle.html

The lock Txmedic suggested will work if you get the one listed for a DL with factory handguards.

rrrr
02-08-2008, 09:31 AM
Well I put the lock from kaokousa on order. I ordered the one for the 650 with handguards, we'll see if it works!

KenB
02-08-2008, 11:25 PM
I installed the Manic! Salamander last Fall and am very pleased with it. Great quality. Fantastic fit and finish. Great after-sale service from Paul. And I used to have a Throttlemeister on my ST13 and I find the Salamander to be much easier and more intuitive to engage.

speedtrpl
02-09-2008, 01:11 AM
Yellow O-Ring from Caterpillar dealer.
Price: $2.79
Solution to Problem: Priceless

PhilS
02-09-2008, 04:47 AM
Yellow O-Ring from Caterpillar dealer.
Price: $2.79
Solution to Problem: Priceless

Can you elaborate please?

Bubba1
02-09-2008, 08:57 AM
I have the BrakeAway Cruse Control on my VTX 1300. It is a great unit, easy to install, easy to use. On with a button push, off with either brake or a button.

http://www.brakeawayproducts.com/

speedtrpl
02-09-2008, 09:18 AM
http://www.thestevensons.org/node/view/718?PHPSESSID=a55364bbb30e466463824a12e9ae4012

genjac
02-09-2008, 11:12 AM
All I wanted was an opportunity to take my hand off the throttle and shake out the numbness on those long rides.

So I put a Vista Cruise on my Suzuki C50 and it does the job just fine.

It wouldn't work for a cruise control that you could set and then ignore the speedometer.

J C Whitney- $35 plus shipping

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Search?catalogId=10111&storeId=10101&sku=vista+cruise&searchbtn.x=14&searchbtn.y=12

Good luck with your kaokousa- let us know how it works out for you.

And good luck with the O rings. The grip wore down on mine and they quit working.