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Electronic Cruise control vs. Throttle locks

Throttle Locks versus Our Electronic Cruise Control

Throttle Locks versus our Electronic Cruise Control

There are a number of throttle locks on the market globally commonly called 'cruise controls' - but they are not. They cannot and do not attempt to compensate for changes in speed! Consequently, if you have the throttle locked using any of these products you will go faster downhill and slow down uphill - and the change in speed is often very substantial. After I was injured in 1991 I used a throttle lock on my bike for a short time, but it annoyed me so much that I removed it. I found that while I did get momentary relief for my right hand, more often than not my speed would change so much in a very short time - often only seconds, that I had to turn off the throttle lock and manually compensate to get my speed back where I wanted it to be.

That was the core reason we developed our fully electronic crusie controls in the first place. We adapted an off the shelf car cruise for my VFR750 Honda, which worked reasonably well for a month or two until I experienced a throttle jam while doing an advanced rider training course on the Phillip Island GP circuit at 210kph (130mph)!! That got rather interesting. That kit had the conventional automotive 'bead chain' linkage to the throttle - and it caused the jam. I NEVER want to experience anything like that aain and we make absolutely certain our customers don't either, because we developed our 'cable interface unit' specifically to ensure that throttle jams could not occur with our connection to the bike's throttle.

The cable interface unit development was the critical factor in our starting a business in 1997 - without it we would not have taken that step. Rider safety is paramount for us.

Recently we have heard of incidents here in Australia where insurance companies argue that bikes are not insured if throttle locks are fitted. We find it strange that there are no regulations relating to them, except here in the Australian Capital Territory where they can be sold but dealers are not allowed to fit them! How is that for strange logic? It was this vacuum in regulation and our determination to provide the safest product possible that drove our development of the cable interface unit.

After 50 years of cars being fitted with cruise controls, we assumed - and our suppliers assured us - that automotive cruise controls were safe. In 1999 to our dismay that was proved wrong when high voltage electrical spikes caused one of our adapted car cruise controls to fail in a dangerous state - the chip locked up as it was opening throttle and the bike immediately pulled full throttle. It took about 2 seconds and nothing the rider did would stop it! (Except turning the bike off - which he didn't have the presence of mind to do in the emergency.)

That event drove us to devlop our own computer and software to ensure it could never happen again. Moreover we developed our CruiseSafe product and retrofitted the kits that had been sold

So if you value safety, performance, reliability and support - give our product serious consideration. Yes it is expensive, but we spent $1.5 million developing our own software and hardware which is the ONLY after market, EU-Type Approved motorcycle cruise control in the world. Read the product reviews on the site at the bottom of each product page. You will be convinced not by me, but by our customers, that our cruise control is the best value accessory they have ever purchased.

 

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