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Throttle lock or Crampbuster?

Looking for opinions on cruise control devices.

I see everything from $225 for Kaoko system to $10 for a Crampbuster palm rest.

Any recommendations on which work best? (I have a 2015 Versys 1K.)
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I used a Vista Cruise ( Sound Off Recreational, Inc. - Cruise Control Products ) for about four years with my SV650. It was relatively inexpensive (less than $50) and served its purpose (i.e. giving your wrist a bit of a break during long rides).

The issues I experienced were that, unless you were cruising along on nice, level roads, you had to make fairly frequent adjustments to ensure that you maintained your desired speed.

Also, the Vista cruise takes up about half an inch of your grip (hand space), so your hand is moved over a bit. If you have big mitts, your hand might rest on the edge of your grip, or might be cramped if you have hand guards installed.
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I actually use both. Not at the same time. I normally keep the plastic Go Cruise in the "up" position and the cramp buster on my left grip. If I am going on a longer trip, I move the cramp buster to the throttle hand. You have to be a bit cautious with throttle locks. I try to use the Go Cruise only on long straight, flat sections with controlled access.

The cramp buster helps on tours but can be a bit annoying on two lane twisty roads. I seem less precise on the throttle than I'd like to be when I use the cramp buster.
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I originally bought the Omni-Cruise Like the Go-Cruise but better :P

It works really well, easy to use, and moves from bike to bike.

I currently use a Kaoko - because I picked up a new one for $50

I really like the Kaoko.
It is permanently on bike.
I don't have to remove it when parking.
Still easy to use - and will fit the Versys 650 and 1000 if you upgrade.

Cramp buster are cheap and has it's use when slabbing it - BUT BE WARNED!!!
It can be very dangerous in corners - if you hit hole or bumps in the road, you could accidentally accelerate!!!
There have been a few accidents attributed from these being on bikes and riders coming off with WTF moments.
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I use a 29 cent mini bungee wrapped between the grip & housing

hate the cramp buster

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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I would recommend the Kaoko system. It works as advertised, unobtrusive, simple. Imho, spend the money, do it right.
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i use this one



http://www.amazon.com/Go-Cruise-2whe.../dp/B00ERXG4TM

I like that the tension is adjustable (adjustable for different grip sizes but lets you squeeze the grip more or less)

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I used a Vista Cruise ( Sound Off Recreational, Inc. - Cruise Control Products ) for about four years with my SV650. It was relatively inexpensive (less than $50) and served its purpose (i.e. giving your wrist a bit of a break during long rides).

The issues I experienced were that, unless you were cruising along on nice, level roads, you had to make fairly frequent adjustments to ensure that you maintained your desired speed.

Also, the Vista cruise takes up about half an inch of your grip (hand space), so your hand is moved over a bit. If you have big mitts, your hand might rest on the edge of your grip, or might be cramped if you have hand guards installed.
Have the vista also and quite agree with all your comments but would add that I had to move the brake reservoir a little over because the horizontal flange that goes from the vista lock itself to the handlebar bracket was to long and couldn't be fitted otherwise, but really 1/4" max ...


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... to $10 for a Crampbuster palm rest.

Any recommendations on which work best? (I have a 2015 Versys 1K.)
I recommend AGAINST the "Crampbuster", as I personally know of two or three crashes caused by, or worsened by, one of them. I use a VistaCruise Universal to give my hand a 'break'....

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Cramp buster are cheap and has it's use when slabbing it - BUT BE WARNED!!!
It can be very dangerous in corners - if you hit hole or bumps in the road, you could accidentally accelerate!!!
There have been a few accidents attributed from these being on bikes and riders coming off with WTF moments.
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I originally bought the Omni-Cruise Like the Go-Cruise but better :P

It works really well, easy to use, and moves from bike to bike.

I currently use a Kaoko - because I picked up a new one for $50

I really like the Kaoko.
It is permanently on bike.
I don't have to remove it when parking.
Still easy to use - and will fit the Versys 650 and 1000 if you upgrade.

Cramp buster are cheap and has it's use when slabbing it - BUT BE WARNED!!!
It can be very dangerous in corners - if you hit hole or bumps in the road, you could accidentally accelerate!!!
There have been a few accidents attributed from these being on bikes and riders coming off with WTF moments.

Why would you have to remove the Go Cruise when parking? I have used mine for a long time and that has never crossed my mind.


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crambusters are cheap and it is a pretty good solution if your trip is pretty much flat straight and short. if you intended for some twisties, do ensure that you reposition it away from your palm beforehand. the only grouse with crampbuster is that once you take your hand off the throttle, it is no longer engaged.

Go-cruise is a slightly better solution, it will hold the throttle for you while you take off your hands for some resting. However again, only good for straights and always disengage before playing into the twisties. the only grouse is that the grip on the throttle will degrade over time.

there are other types of throttle locks, either by way of the expensive ready made ones or self-made stretch cords tied ibeside the throttle sleeve, whichever you use, the key of a throttle lock is just to keep your throttle engaged, and they all work as intended.

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Why would you have to remove the Go Cruise when parking? I have used mine for a long time and that has never crossed my mind.


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I understand that there are better quality locks than Go Cruise, but the plastic thing does the job when needed (only now and then). Okay, I admit it. I'm cheap.

Absolutely shocked, shocked! there could be petty thievery in Australia.
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I don't know why the Cramp-buster is even in this conversation... it's not a cruise control... It's does exactly what it's name indicates, and shifts throttle pressure from one position to another. I've been using it for years and years on sport bikes, adventures, standards, and it doesn't reduce throttle control by one iota, in the twisties or otherwise, because you naturally revert to throttling with a normal closed fist when necessary. If it gets in the way of transitioning, then you have it sitting too high on the handle (or your throttle cable needs tightening).

I had the Kaoko on my last bike, and rarely engaged it... didn't like (or trust) its tensioning system of spinning a collar. I know it was an unfounded concern, but I felt at times it inhibited throttling down quickly when necessary. Certainly not worth the premium price (to me).

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