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A simply elegant throttle lock device for motorcycles.
I live in the southeast United States, an area with a great variety of different roads on which to ride.
Do you like to cruise and enjoy the scenery? We've got it.
Do you prefer twisty, technical riding? We have that as well.
One problem around here, however, is that getting to those fun and interesting ribbons of asphalt requires some time on the interstate. It’s not a necessity but it does save a lot of time.
I have no objection to riding on the interstate highway system but it can be a bit boring and monotonous.
As a result, even after only 20 or 30 minutes of riding on the "Superslab", I'm moving around in the seat, stretching my legs, flexing my hands - I mean hand - the left one specifically.
Of course, when riding a motorcycle, that right hand must remain on the throttle at all times on the highway.
Sure, you can pull in the clutch while you let go of the throttle for a moment - but a moment is about all you’re going to get and remain safe.
If you do a lot of long-distance travel, then the obvious solution is a cruise control or throttle lock.
For large touring rigs, such as Honda’s Gold Wing, there are real cruise control units that actually monitor the speed of the bike and maintain a consistent speed through the use of servos and electronics.
These cruise control systems are similar to what one might find in a car.
For most motorcycle owners though, a simple throttle lock will do the job, providing relief to that right hand for a minute or two during a long ride.
A throttle lock is just what it sounds like: a device that simple holds the throttle grip in place at a set point through the use of pressure or other force applied to the grip.
This approach keeps the fuel flowing at a consistent rate, but of course the motorcycle may speed up or slow down, depending on changes in the angle of the road over hills and valleys or even changes in wind speed and direction.
Over the past several decades, lots of different designs and approaches have been developed to hold that right hand grip in place. These have ranged from simple and low cost solutions to complex and surprisingly expensive ones.
Today we’re going to take a look at a device that is low cost, very simple, and dare I say, elegant.
Installing the GoCruise Throttle Lock: 1. This is the silicone ring included in the kit.
The Go Cruise Throttle Control
A small, lightweight piece of plastic. That sums up the Go Cruise Throttle lock. One piece, no moving parts, no springs and no electronics. It really doesn’t get simpler than this.
The only accessory is a broad silicone rubber ring, included with the Go Cruise to help improve grip on certain throttle grips.
The Go Cruise is available in two different sizes to accommodate 7/8" or 1" handlebars.
It is also available in different colors to suit your taste; black and silver are available in both the small and large sizes and there is a new chrome version available in the large (1") size only.
The Go Cruise is 3-7/8 inches (97 mm) long and has an opening at one end where the "jaws" can be spread open to fit around and clamp onto the motorcycle's throttle grip.
Go Cruise includes simple instructions, warning you about the "wrong" way to grab it and open it. Heeding this warning will keep you from breaking the device when putting it on your grip.
To engage the Go Cruise, simply hold the throttle at the desired position and then use the index finger to rotate the device until the end is resting on the brake lever. To disengage it, simply rotate the throttle grip forward to close the throttle.
Doing so will rotate the Go Cruise back to a neutral position so it is no longer holding the throttle grip and it is back in an easy to access position for its next use.
The design is so simple that I'm surprised that no one else has come up with this concept until now (if someone did I missed it!).
Many throttle lock systems require removal and re-installation of some of the throttle parts, replacement of the bar-ends, and/or other similar "hoops" to be leapt through. The Go Cruise has no such requirements save for installing on the silicone band on the throttle grip if needed.
2. Install the silicone ring on the throttle grip.
3. Place the GoCruise Throttle Lock over the throttle (shown from in front of handlebars).
4. Go Cruise Throttle Control installed on the grip.
The "Perfect" Motorcycle Cruise Control?
Sounds nearly perfect, and it almost is. The issue I've run in to is that on my bike, with my grips, is that the Go Cruise can slip a little bit after it is set.
Also, I have a set of Oxford heated grips on my Suzuki SV650 and, as it turns out, these have both a good and a bad side effect when using the Go Cruise.
On the plus side, the heated rips are a little larger in diameter than standard grips, and this helps ensure that the throttle lock has sufficient pressure on the grip.
On the negative side though, the rubber surface of the heated grip is harder than average.
As such, the Go Cruise doesn’t grip as well on the smooth, hard surface.
Using the included silicone ring does help, but sometimes the GoCruise slips a little bit anyway. Engine vibration is also a factor, as the vibes making their way to the handlebars can make this worse.
I can set the GoCruise on my throttle and it will hold there all day sitting in the driveway with the engine off. On the road with the engine running however, I’ve noticed the throttle can slowly slip on occasion.
As the saying goes, "Your mileage may vary" and that’s quite appropriate here.
I know people who use the Go Cruise and it holds steady on their machines even without the silicone accessory ring.
In fact, Lee Conn, President of Motus Motorcycles (and the person who first introduced me to the GoCruise), has been using a Go Cruise on their MST Sport Touring prototypes during their tours around the country (read the Motus MST preview).
When I noticed this issue with the GoCruise, I contacted the manufacturer, who suggested I try the included silicone ring (which I already had done) or even an additional one. He also offered to accept it for return if I wasn’t happy with it.
I decided to keep it and possibly modify it myself if the slippage became a real issue.
wBW Video: GoCruise Throttle Control
The Go Cruise Throttle Control is easy to install and use and the price of $19.95 with free shipping is very reasonable.
The only problem is the compatibility with the particular grip material that might be found on your particular motorcycle.
The manufacturer does state that the GoCruise is designed specifically for OEM grips, so perhaps it may have performed better if I didn't have the Oxford heated grips.
The included silicone ring does help, especially on metal grips or grips that have a hard surface that is likely to slip against the plastic of the throttle lock.
I think that maybe adding some sharp "dimples" or other type of rough texture to the contact points on the Go Cruise might be enough to overcome the slipping issue.
As it stands I still have my Go Cruise installed on my bike and I do use it regularly on the highways. If I do decide to make some modifications I’ll be reporting back on how that works...or doesn't.