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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.
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Heres something thats cheap but works...http://www.2wheelride.com/throttle_pro.html

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Joe you come up with interesting things. Now I have to go get one of these... I got a cramp buster but this looks better. Oh well, Its only money. If I don't spend it, The wife will.
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I have a Go Cruise throttle control on my Versys. Works well on level roads. I only set it long enough to give my right hand a break and stretch, and its perfect for that.

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That item from the "2wheelride.com" . . . incredible! And for only around $20, as soon as I get home, i'll measure my bars (7/8 or 1") and i'll be ordering myself ANOTHER early Christmas present!
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+1 on the GoCruise that weljo linked. I use mine just like ATYC mentions in his post.


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Heres something thats cheap but works...http://www.2wheelride.com/throttle_pro.html
I have been using one of these "throttle locks" on my 2008 V for 3 years now, and it still works great! I learned about it on this forum.

The added benefit for me is - this is the only throttle lock or cruise control that doesn't interfere with my heated grip wiring.
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That item from the "2wheelride.com" . . . incredible! And for only around $20, as soon as I get home, i'll measure my bars (7/8 or 1") and i'll be ordering myself ANOTHER early Christmas present!
The Versys bars are 7/8

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Cool! I've been using the o ring. It does work perfectly, but this option is really cool also!

Not sure about removing the spring?





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Ordered mine today!!! (2wheelride.com) Merry Christmas (and NO shipping & handling fee! What a country! Thanks for the link!
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Joe you come up with interesting things. Now I have to go get one of these... I got a cramp buster but this looks better. Oh well, Its only money. If I don't spend it, The wife will.

I had a lot of time on my hands while i was in puerto rico and the bike was in texas for a year. So i would spend my time ordering goodies for the bike then flying to texas for a week or two put everything on and ride for a while then go back to puerto rico and start all over again.
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I have a Vista Cruise and really like it. More of an install process though.

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I would be interested in a somewhat weaker throttle return spring. I have tennis elbow and some hand cramp difficulties too.

Has anybody here tried this and if so, what rate spring works? I would not personally go to a no-spring throttle but sure could use a weaker rate spring.
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ALL bikes "back-in-the-day" had only one throttle cable, so - a "suicide throttle", I suppose. I rode LOTS, including my drag-bike and enduro bikes that way. Having a return cable is safer, but NECESSARY...?


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sure, 1 throttle cable is no problem.

my WR250 Yammie 2-stroke 1997 model still uses just 1 cable
as does the TT500 4 stroke.

BUT...to disconnect THE RETURN SPRING, I gotta ask why????

that is just nuts

I remember having my little 3 hp mini bike having a STUCK THROTTLE
and it was all I could do to slow it down enough so I could step off it.

I just cannot imagine having a stuck throttle on an speeding motorbike
AND THEN trying to get off of it before eating a big one
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You wouldn't be anymore likely to have the throttle STICK without the return spring than you would WITH the return spring. The spring doesn't keep anything from getting stuck.
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Crampbuster for me but only if it involves constant freeway riding for more than 150miles. anything lesser i'll use the throttle as it is, no cramp no pain no fatigue.

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+1 on the Go Cruise. I use it in conjunction with my Cramp Buster and have been doing so rather happily for some time.


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Installed the 2wheelride.com device last night and this morning went out on a 160 mile ride. The device worked as stated and allowed me to "set" the throttle and release on those (road) areas where it was appropriate to do so. Installed incredibly easily. I'll be using it often! Thanks Versys Gurus for the link!!!
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