Throttle Lock / Cruise Control

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by jmurphy, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. jmurphy

    jmurphy Adventurer

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    What throttle locks are out there that fit a 2012 1200gs without having to remove the grip or make modifications.
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  2. jdmetzger

    jdmetzger Lone Wolf

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    I installed a Kaoko as my first accessory. Unscrew the bar end weight, install the Kaoko in it's place. Finished.

    Not my image, but here you go:

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  3. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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  4. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    Bob's BMW sells their own house brand. I think it was around $60. They aren't as effective as normal cruise control, but wow are they nice on long days when you need to ride the slab for a few hours.

    I'd NEVER use one on anything but the Interstate...even then traffic has to be just right...that's my opinion only, of course.

    Bob's brand locks by rolling the lock-nut FORWARD. The Kaoko locks while rolling it backward as you accelerate. Much nicer, but again, for 60 bucks, it didn't matter to me. I was happy to save the money over the Kaoko. My friend bought the Kaoko for his Multi and it operates a little easier and smoother...but, again, not worth the extra money IMO.
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  5. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    Kaoko easy and good. Fine to use anywhere but in the dirt.
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  6. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    I have the kaeko. I find it suffices my needs.. It a long way from cruise control as it takes some fiddling to get it to hold a consistent speed, but once you get it dialed in it does the trick... For the money it is worth it... If you are hoping for cruise control this isn't it though.. If that's what you really want I'd recommend a GSw.
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  7. jmurphy

    jmurphy Adventurer

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    Basically just looking for a throttle hand relief every now and then on a long super slab ride and didn't want to hack the grip to do it. I will check out Bob's BMW.
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  8. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    Go Cruise is the way to cruise. Cheap & effective.
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  9. mudmullet

    mudmullet Been here awhile

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    big fat O-ring from Caterpillar is what I use on my 1150. It's yellow and matches my bike. Cheap, too. :1drink
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  10. HondoTX

    HondoTX Rode hard. Put up wet.

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    I had a Kaoko. Didn't like it because the lock ring contacted the grip directly. A slight touch of the grip would cause it to unlock and decelerate abruptly.

    Bought a Bob's because it has a spacer between the grip and the lock ring. It snugs-up the grip so you can make minor adjustments to the throttle without unlocking.
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  11. TBaird

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    I'm a big fan of the Kruz Locker. I wish I hadn't waited so long to install mine... It turns on quickly with only a quarter of a turn, and off even quicker.

    Several vendors carry them such as black dog cycle works and advdesigns.
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  12. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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  13. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    +1

    I had the Kaoko and hated having to turn it so much. The Kruz Locker is great and so easy to turn on and off.
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  14. murfalert

    murfalert Been here awhile

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    I'm a fan of the Go Cruise too. For $20 with easy install you can't beat it. I find it as effective as the Kaoka or Throttlemeister and easier to activate than both of those or the o-ring, and I've tried all. Personal preference I suppose. And I use mine a lot.
    Murf
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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Bob's is the same exact unit as the Wonderlich. The backwards rotation made using it a pain to me. It is unnatural to push it forward with your pinky and makes applying it a bit jerky and fiddly.

    I sold it and got a Kaoko. Worth the extra $60 IMHO.

    Jim :brow
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  16. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Your Kaoko should have had a thin black plastic spacer. If it didn't you were sold an incomplete unit.

    Jim :brow
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  17. JetSpeed

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    I bought a Wunderlich for my 05 mainly because it looked cool.
    Initially it was awkward to use because it seems as if you have to twist it the opposite direction of what you would logically think to engage and disengage it, after using it for a while it became second nature, the device worked very well and I found that snugging it down until it just held the throttle (vs cranking on it) was the ideal spot as you will find yourself constantly making adjustments and the easier it is to twist the less fatigued your hand will get.

    My new GSW has cruise which is marvelous, I would never want to go back to a throttle-lock.

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  18. KRAK1369

    KRAK1369 Been here awhile

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  19. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    My buddy had an extra and I tried it for 1500 or so miles...never could get used to it. Always felt like a wrinkle under my glove. Plus the heated grips were less effective.
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  20. FargAT

    FargAT Been here awhile

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    On the GSA I have Bob's, and while it takes some getting used to with it being counterintuitive in how to engage it, it's absolutely smooth in its function. It holds to the throttle perfect, while making minor adjustments on the fly a breeze to do. I've had a long haul home, 1500 miles, and Bob's worked flawless. :clap

    I've had the Throttlemeister assembly on my Concours 14, and wasn't quite happy with it. It's either locked in solid, where adjusting the speed/throttle becomes challenging, or too loose where the throttle would self disengage. Worse than that, it also took too many turns to disengage. :huh
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