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cruise control installed

after searching for cruise control devices I decided I would try the old O-ring trick....A 1 1/8 inch extra thick rubber O-ring between the grip and the bar end did the trick....took it out to try it out and it works well...takes a little practice engaging and disengaging but for 99 cents its it ain't bad...by the way...these are very dangerous and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone...
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That's probably not the best idea ever.
But hey, if it works... it works!


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I couldn't live without the Vista cruise control.

http://www.bobscycle.com/browse.cfm/...tml?AFF=690FGL

It took some slight mods to get it to fit but it sure works well when I'm in a safe area to do it so I could stretch my right arm. The grip tension is all adjustable. Very nice for the price.
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This is my favorite:

http://www.throttlemeister.com/

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I just installed the Kaoko cruise control. Very easy install and operate. Allows you to stretch and get blood back into your throttle hand. Bar end weight matches the stock left side weight well. A MUST have!
http://www.kaoko.com/cruisecontrol.html

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http://www.throttlemeister.com/
which one fits the V?
I looked on their site, and could not find a Versys specific one...


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I'd go for that little paddle-looking flap you attach to the grip so you can use your palm to operate the throttle. That's about the limit to what I'd spend on that kind of device. No Iron Butt Rally here.

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I've got the one from Manic Salamander. It was nothing more than unbolting the bar ends and bolting these on. The only down side is It doesn't hold very tight so it will stay at one speed for a bit then you'll notice it veeeeeerrrry slowly starting to drop in MPH. All in all though. It works rather well and very nice.

If I would have thought of just spending 99cents on a washer though. Damn.

Here's the Manic Salamander website just in case anyone's interested:
http://www.manicsalamander.com/

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which one fits the V?
I looked on their site, and could not find a Versys specific one...

The ones for the Ninja 650R should fit it I would think.

Sorry for the double combo post
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What size O-ring?
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o-ring

1 and 1/8 of an inch...like I said in my first post....
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1 and 1/8 of an inch...like I said in my first post....
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Wow - kind of surprised no one makes a true cruise control for the V? One that would actually control the speed based on sensor input and cut out if the brake or clutch were used? Or maybe the do but the 'jamb the throttle open with a stick' option is more popular for simplicity or cost?

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I made a throttle control very easily based on this fellow's.

http://www.imrisk.com/motorcycle/throttlelock.htm

It takes a bit of tweaking to get the tension right (not too tight but enough so it doesn't fade) but it works really well.

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Installing an aftermarket cruise control (as opposed to a throttle lock) is a real pain in the ass. It's possible, but requires a lot of work because the bike isn't pre-wired for it. The o-ring solution works well (if not very user friendly) or for ~$20 you can have one of these:



It doesn't keep your speed constant, but it's enough to allow you to rest the right hand as often as you need to.


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Gustavo, what type of throttle control and handguards do you have there?

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Y'all want cruise control?

Get your real cruise control right here:

http://www.valkyrieriders.com/shopta...se-control.htm

Actually do a search on Audiovox motorcycle cruise control and you'll get lots of hits. These are real speed control setups using an aftermarket Audiovox universal controller, and should be installable in the V as well. I first "thought" of doing this on my Concours years ago, but my ability to procrastinate seems to outlast my bikes!
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what type of throttle control and handguards do you have there?
The throttle lock is a Vista Cruise (labeled as fits Hondas and pre-82 dual cable Kawasakis) and the handguards are from KTM (with an extra spacer that came with the Shogun swingarm spools/sliders).


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