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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - as many of you have done already. Thanks in anticipation for your comments!