Throttle by Wire Cruise Development

Written by Tony Guymer


Posted on October 17 2016

MCCruise' thoughts on throttle-by-wire:

'Just a bit of background for everyone on throttle-by-wire cruise control - and cruise controls generally.  Frank and I at MCCruise are unapologetically conservative in our approach to this technology.  The reasons are simple – even a cursory search for 'sudden unintended acceleration' on Google produces some startling results.  (Please note the VERY important reference in the second item: '... But sudden unintended acceleration does happen. ... In every car, the brakes are more powerful than the engine, so ...'  - this is NOT true of motorcycles where the engines are typically much more powerful than the brakes!)

MCCruise cannot afford such events occurring on motorcycles – people will die – it is as simple as that. Consequently, we have made modifications and conducted exhaustive tests to ensure our modified kits will not behave in that way.  That said, with throttle-by-wire, we are totally in the hands of the manufacturers' over-riding safety and limp-home systems kicking in appropriately when we hand back control. It is an area we have thought long and hard about before entering this market at all.

I think riders deserve to know the facts: corrosion, water ingress and electrical noise are serious potential threats on motorcycles and we do not take them lightly.  Did you know that the terminals on the throttle position sensor on the FJ-09 are gold plated? There is a reason for that and we at MCCruise have gone to extraordinary lengths to source those terminals to ensure corrosion does not interfere with the operation of either the MCCruise – or the bike.

 All this effort takes time and costs money. Sure the cheaper product looks attractive – no one wants to waste money, but I ask you to seriously consider the options and your own motorcycle insurance cover, when determining your purchase. Once we have our new switch made, we will have a better idea of just what it costs to bring our 'throttle-by-wire' product to market – and how much effort and cost it has taken in R&D.  In the meantime, you can enjoy the safest, best performing, after-market electronic cruise control on the market using our wide range of traditional products..  We pride ourselves on our safety record, our reliability and our performance.  We will not, and cannot, compromise that - just to compete with a low priced product.'

You might like to share your experiences by writing to us here at - as many of you have done already. Thanks in anticipation for your comments!



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    I purchased a cruise control for my 2008 GS Spyder from you when they first came out and I loved it. I recently sold the bike after 12 years and yes the cruise control still worked flawlessly.
    Now to my next question. I’m am looking at buying a Ryker to replace my Spyder. Do you have any plans on making a cruise control for the Rykers.

    Posted by Sean F Welch | May 12, 2020
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