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Breaking News - Honda F6 2013 arrives in Oz - MotorCycle Cruise Controls hopes to develop a kit shortly

by Tony Guymer May 01, 2013

6:30pm 1 May, 2013

MotorCycle Cruise Controls is negotiating to obtain one of the new Honda F6 cruisers for cruise control development.  We hope to add this new product to our extensive range of fully electronic cruise controls within a couple of months. The kit will incorporate our latest software delivering unparalleled performance.  Please keep an eye on this web site for the latest developments.  Once we get a bike and establish that we can fit a cruise control to it, we will be taking advance orders for this popular product.

Tony Guymer, Director


Advance warning - prices to rise 10% on 1 Jun 2013

6:30 am 1 May, 2013

Regrettably, after 5 years (the last price rise was in 2008) our company has been forced to increase prices to maintain profitability and a reasonable return on investment.  The R&D conducted over the last 4 years - which is on-going - and a strong trend to more dealer sales and less retail sales necessitates this action. Prices will rise across the board.


Best regards,

Tony Guymer, 

Director

MotorCycle Cruise Controls

Australia

Ph +61 3 9808 2804 Fax +61 3 9808 2445

Email: sales@mccruise.com Web: www.mccruise.com

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4:33 AM 20 April 2013 ( there is less traffic at that time!)

Hi,

I just got back from a test ride on a customer’s Yamaha FJR1300 – setting it up with our new software.

It is surprisingly good!  Maybe not perfect, but I think as good or better than the V2.83 software which has performed so well on all bikes since 2002 and been lauded by customers the world over.

For those who don't know, these bikes have possibly the worst throttle system ever developed - a snail cam accentuates small throttle movements at the throttle grip into larger movements at the throttle spindle.  This makes the bike feelmore powerful!  It also makes them virtually uncontrollable at low speeds!  Try doing a U-Turn at slow speeds and balancing the throttle against the brake and it is very unpredictable and difficult to control.  It also makes adapting cruise control unbelievably hard!


These models presented our most difficult challenge  in making cruise control work well - even now - 7 years later with all the development that has gone on in the industry.  When we first attempted it, we had to redesign a number of hardware and software features to make it work at all - even at 100 kph (60 mph).  (Our units typically work well down to 35 kph (22 mph).  Today, I am proud to announce that we have tamed them.  Frank, Jon and I developed the software, but even we are surprised that it now manages to control these bikes very well.  About the only thing I would soften now is a small 'nudge' when the bike transitions from downhill to uphill at speeds less than 80 kph, but I can't with that throttle system.....it is simply too responsive!


So...... our computer upgrade on these bikes is definitely going to be money well spent.  But don't take my word for it - try it yourself.  We didn't want to promote this until we had tried it ourselves on one of those bikes and could offer an optimally set-up computer.  As of this 4:30 AM morning- we can!


Tony Guymer, Director, MotorCycle Cruise Controls



OLDER NEWS


What you buy in your computer upgrade will be tuned by us to the bike, but if you want to ‘tweak’ it – you can.  Easily! Fine tune the power to suit it being heavily laden; make it engage so it is silky smooth at 35 kph (22 mph) and 160 kph (70 mph) – or anything in between......

I have been in the business of making cruise controls for bikes for fifteen years. We have made the best there is over that time. I have setup and ridden with Audiovox (vacuum actuator) and Rostra cruise controls (electric actuator) and they simply don’t compare.

 But t

his new software of ours is ........ extraordinary!

If you want to experience something exceptional, upgrade your computer today, because it will transform your cruise from a good product to something that will put a smile on your face every time you engage it.

I hope you are interested.  Four years of hard work went into making it – and making it retrofit for you at an affordable price.  Where else can you get 2013 performance from your 2003 hardware? You don’t have to buy a new kit.  You don’t have the time and effort and cost of installing a new kit.  Just plug the computer in and off you go  That would be really inexpensive at twice the price we are offering it - $100 plus shipping of the computer both ways.

Do yourself a favour and upgrade today.

Best regards,

Tony Guymer

Director

MotorCycle Cruise Controls

6 Kingston St

Mount Waverley

Victoria, 3149

Australia

Ph +61 3 9808 2804 Fax +61 3 9808 2445

Email: sales@mccruise.com Web: www.mccruise.com

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MotorCycle Cruise Controls is pleased to announce the release of new software on all motorcycle cruise control kits sold after April 1, 2013 and its availability for software upgrade on older computers as described below.  Order yours now!


28 February 2013 - News

Both new and long-standing customers will be pleased to hear that our company is nearing completion of a four year project to redevelop our cruise control software. 

From about 2006, we were finding our current software was struggling with some of the new generations of motorcycles, particularly those with more power and throttle responsiveness.  Two to three years ago, we discreetly introduced the ability to 're-program' our cruise control computer module which allowed us to update software after the computer modules were sealed and potted.  Consequently, any computer module sold since that time can accept a software upgrade simply by returning the module to us, we reprogram it and return it.  You plug it in and off you go - no other changes required - just substantially better performance and speed holding and more rapid response to hills and undulations.

The new software is substantially better on bikes like the FJR1300 2006-7 models which are nearly impossible to make cruise control work well on and other bikes with high power outputs.

The new software also delivers superior functions for calibration and adjustment to suit any particular motorcycle.

The new software offers a 'coast' function on the ON-OFF button, where pressing the ON-OFF button will disengage the cruise control without turning the cruise control off, so one press of the ON-OFF button will disengage the cruise, and pressing SET or RES will re-engage the cruise control.

 A new easy to use speed alert function has been added.  This can be used to operate a light or a beeper to alert the rider to over speed situations.  It only takes about 3 seconds to 'SET' the alert to any speed desired or turn off the speed alert function at any time while riding the bike.

Incremental speed increases using the SET or RES buttons while the cruise is engaged can now be set by the owner to be 1 kph, 2 kph (standard), 1 mph or 2 mph per press of either button.

The cruise control now has much better testing and diagnostic functions making fault diagnosis much easier, particularly on bikes where the cruise control computer is 'buried' in the bike and is difficult to access.  Previously, access to the computer was required for many of the diagnostic procedures.  Almost everything is available on the cruise control switch now and more and better procedures are also available.

 If you can access your cruise computer module, you can determine whether your module can accept the software upgrade - simply look at the label on the BACK plate of the aluminium housing and see if the program version has the appendix 'BL' (eg. V2.83.22BL)

If the label is illegible, or the computer is difficult to access, you can also tell if it is a 're-programmable' module by turning on the ignition key and noting if there is a short delay of a couple of seconds BEFORE the cruise back-lights on the cruise control switch buttons light up - easiest seen at night!  You will need to do this at least twice, as the delay in turning on may only occur if the power has been off for a short period, so the first time the ignition is turned on there may be no delay.

If the back-lights come on instantly EVERY time the ignition is turned on, I regret we cannot upgrade your module's software.  It is possible to buy a complete new module, but whether the improvements warrant the expense is moot.  Your kit must already be at least 3-4 years old and is probably working acceptably well.  A new version of our current cruise control computer costs $246AUD plus shipping (plus 10% GST in Australia), so it possibly isn't worthwhile upgrading. 

If the back-lights do come on after a couple of seconds delay, then your computer can take a software upgrade for only $100AUD plus postage, by shipping it back to us here in Melbourne, Australia. We will test all functions are working properly and then upload new software and set it up with 'optimal' settings for your bike.  However, this new software enables you to fine-tune the system to your exact needs should you find it unsatisfactory in almost any way.

One of the key problems we have faced in Australia is that testing at speeds above 110kph (roughly 70mph) is illegal.  Consequently when I fitted a kit to my Honda PC800 Pacific Coast in the USA in 2008, I was shocked to see how poor the engagement was running at 75mph - the bike slowed substantially before picking up the speed again. I corrected this by re-calibrating it, but by doing so made it 'push' too hard at slower speeds.  I accepted that then because I had no choice, but that experience was one of the drivers in the development of our new code.

So......we look forward to being able to serve you much better in the near future with significantly better new product, but are just as pleased to be able to offer  existing customers an upgrade pathway which will see them enjoy their already great product even more for years to come.

Watch our web site for the release of the new software in the near future.

Tony Guymer
Tony Guymer


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