ATLAS Throttle Lock - A Universal Motorcycle Cruise Control

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  1. Mud$hooter

    Mud$hooter Been here awhile

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    Videos about the ATLAS Throttle Lock




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    Inspired by our 15 month RTW trip.
    Funded on Kickstarter from ADVrider Inmates. :clap

    RTWPaul: You did a Kickstarter campaign. Was that a good experience and would you still be in business if that hadn’t been funded?

    David Winters: The Kickstarter campaign was proof that the market was ready for a change. I would recommend Kickstarter to anyone looking to launch a new product. There are many benefits, but the top few that come to mind are instant SEO rankings for your Kickstarter page, instant feedback from your market on whether to move forward or not, and funds to start your business.

    Starting a business isn’t simply about capital, it’s about the end consumer and if they are willing to hand over their credit card details in exchange for your product/service.

    Read the full article here: https://advrider.com/atlas-throttle-lock/

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    Here's the Full Story in Podcast Form with Adventure Rider Radio

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    Here's how it works:

    The ATLAS Throttle Lock is a mechanical cruise control that fits on nearly every motorcycle. It rotates with your throttle hand, is thumb activated and just over 1/4 inch thick. The ATLAS mounts between the throttle housing and rubber grip, taking up no grip space.

    Using a combination of pressure and friction, the ATLAS will hold your throttle in place with the push of a button. Overriding the ATLAS is as easy as twisting the throttle to adjust speed.

    Top Kit: You'll want a Top Kit if:
    • There is less than 1.5 inches (38 mm) of clearance between the tank and the throttle housing at full right turn.
    • There's a heated grip wire that comes out the bottom half of your rubber grip flange.
    Bottom Kit: Most motorcycles will use the Bottom Kit. You'll want the Bottom Kit if:
    • There's a heated grip wire that comes out the top half of your rubber grip flange.

    Order the ATLAS Throttle Lock from our website, www.atlasthrottlelock.com.

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    Here's what people are saying about the ATLAS Throttle Lock:

    "We tried it during eight hours of motorway travel and it worked very well. In my experience, it is the closest a mechanical device has ever got to the function of an electronic cruise control."
    -Adventure Bike Rider Magazine UK (read the full article here)

    "[The ATLAS Throttle Lock's] universal fitment will work on practically any bike and it is not only extremely easy to install, but functions as advertised. The intelligent design applies friction via the push of a button, locking the throttle into place. I found this to be a fantastic product."
    -Outdoor X4 (Issue 15)

    "I bought the ATLAS to help me out on long highway trips, since my shoulder and wrist have issues after long hours on the road. It's easy to set, easy to disengage and if you need to adjust the throttle while it's on, it's pretty easy to do too. One complaint I've heard from people that I ride with is that their locks will set accidentally, which can be dangerous. No risk of that with this lock Definitely recommend."
    -Jenn, 2012 BMW F800GS

    "The install was super easy. No mods, [I just] had to try a few different friction pads to get it to work. This throttle lock is the best. I have used two other brands of throttle lock and the ATLAS is the easiest to use and install. It's safer too because it's always in the same spot when you need to reach it so no looking required."
    -Dustin, 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650

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  2. armourbl

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    Interesting. This is the closest design to a unit my Dad had on his bike back in the early 80's that I've seen on the market. I've always wondered why others designed their locks differently. I'm not really much of a throttle lock believer, but I can appreciate what you are doing.

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  3. devans101

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    Looks awesome! I'm in. Best of luck. Dave
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    I posted this question in the Gspot thread, hope you will see it here.
    About the kickstarter....

    "That's a great looking throttle lock, and I would have probably backed you, but $45 US$$ to ship to Canada prevents me from playing. Any alternative?"
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  5. Mud$hooter

    Mud$hooter Been here awhile

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    Hey squiffynimrod, thanks for asking. Others have probably seen this but have disappeared into the aether without saying anything.

    Here's the situation. Kickstarter only gives me one option for Int'l shipping, which is a bummer because that cost will have to cover people from Argentina to Kazakstan.

    What this means for our friends across the northern boarder is that shipping is a little steep. But remember, customs can and will charge duty and other import fees. So the $45 is to pay for shipping with tracking and insurance, and custom fees. We have had many Canadians order the ATLAS and pay the $45 because $114 is still cheaper than $135.

    The best option is to find an inmate who lives in the US to receive your ATLAS, then they could forward it to you as a "gift" or "used part" to avoid any import fees. :deal

    I'm going to copy and paste this reply in your Gspot post. :D

    Let me know what you think. It's really a problem with Kickstarters Int'l shipping settings.

    -David
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    squiffynimrod maximum shrinkage Supporter

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    Thanks for the reply. Anyone want to help a Canuck out?
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  7. Wings

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    I'm almost ready to bite...would the Atlas interfere with the cable from heated grips?

    And then there's the FaceBook issue...I don't have nor do I want a FB account, but it looks like the only way to purchase?? I really hope I'm just dumber than the machine again and didn't see the right spot :D
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  8. Mud$hooter

    Mud$hooter Been here awhile

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    Yes, the ATLAS does fit on bikes with heated grips.

    Great question, I'll add it to the FAQs. I have heated grips on my bike and I just added a photo of another bike with heated grips on my Kickstarter page.

    And for the Facebook issue, you can sign up with your email. It's below the Facebook login section.

    Here's a photo of where you will add your info.

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  9. Vince

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    I had a Visa Cruiser,non model specific one on my Laverda years ago,I now use a throttle rocker.The Visa was a good gadget but was a bit complicated to fit.Yours looks a lot simpler to fit.Good luck to you,Well worth doing especially if your bike has a heavy throttle action.
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    In!

    D'Oh, I knew it-it was the gremlins, honest :D Thanks for the quick reply

    Looks great and I love the kickstarter idea, it's great. Hope it comes through, Good Luck!

    ps: fond memories of Ljubljana, growing up we spent the summers exploring the coast line & mountains of Croatia before the war...
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  11. Mud$hooter

    Mud$hooter Been here awhile

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    Thanks Vince! Yeah, I have used the throttle rocker also. I took it on a 1 month ride around the western states and took it off my grip after the first few days. It's nice that they are so inexpensive, but having all that extra stuff on my grip was distracting me while riding and getting in the way when I was standing up off-roading.

    If you want a real throttle lock, we are getting low on the $69 offer. Pretty soon it will jump up to $79... Just saying. :wink:
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    Mud$hooter Been here awhile

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    Thank you for the support Sonoran! We are getting closer. If you know of any other inmates who are looking for a throttle lock solution, please send them this way.

    -David
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  14. Droptarotter

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    Looks good, just one observation.

    Are you going to use a nylock nut on the screw when it goes into production?

    Cheers
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  15. Mud$hooter

    Mud$hooter Been here awhile

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    Hey Droptarotter, we will either use a nyloc nut or tap the body piece and use a loctite compound. I am leaning more for the nyloc nut. They are simple, replaceable and easily allow the bolt to adjust angles depending on throttle sleeve diameter.

    Would you go the same route? I'd love to hear your feedback.

    -David
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    I think I would use the nylock......if the body is altered to tap threads into it......I think it would be easy to strip the threads.
    If you use a nylock I would include instructions so the little bolt is not overtightened and breaks the housing.

    Another thing that occurred to me during my ride was will this fit different sized handgrips??

    It's best if things are idiot proof........but also tough to make!

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers
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  17. gunnerbuck

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    First off there is no duty on motorcycle parts coming to Canada out of the US { exempt as part of the free trade agreement}... If it ships via USPS /Canada post then 99 percent of the time an item valued at less than $100 slips through with no fees at all being charged { brokerage, GST}.. USPS small packet rate is about $20 US with shipping and insurance ...
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  18. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    A question. Is it all metal construction?

    I'm in. It looks good. I had an old vista cruise that fell apart. While it worked, it worked very well. It just didn't last.

    I also sent you a pm.
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  19. XFanMan

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    I'm in. I hate not being able to relax my throttle hand once in awhile and this looks like a well thought out product!
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  20. Mud$hooter

    Mud$hooter Been here awhile

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    Thanks Gunnerbuck for the info! The problem is, I can only choose one price for the entire world... One price for shipping, customs and any other hidden import fees. I have been over on a canadian forum explaining this problem and none of them seem to understand this point.

    Also, if the USPS small packet rate is around $20, than shipping to New Zealand will eat up my entire $45.

    Anyways, let's move on to more enjoyable topics like, where will you travel to with your ATLAS?? :thumb
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