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Suicide Throttle - Anyone Else?
2008 Versys w/12K miles: Bought her used about a month ago and have really been enjoying the several rides I've been on. 3 rides, each a couple hundred miles.
I decided to try something I've done on a previous bike (Kawasaki Vulcan 900.) I disconnected the throttle return spring. I'm told it's called a "suicide throttle" when you make this alteration. It's a very easy alteration and can just as easily be re-connected (you don't actually REMOVE anything, just disconnect)
It takes some getting used to. I remember, once I got used to it, it made riding the Vulcan a little more enjoyable . . . less constant wrist energy.
What do y'all think . . .
I KNOW some may have a safety concern.
On another thread (somewhere here on the Forum) I saw someone posted a link to some rubber o'rings that you slip on your handle bar end (throttle side) which I'm assuming act as a friction device. I may look in to some of those since disconnecting the throttle return spring doesn't actually "lock" your throttle in place, it simply removes the constant return tension.