So I recieved my shipment of farkle today from Adventure MotoStuff (http://www.amotostuff.com
). In this thread I'll comment on the Kaoko Throttle Control. (http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...ode=versys_650
I paid $110 USD for it, shipping was accurate and quick. The reason I chose the Kaoko throttle control was because there haven't been many easily available controls which Versys riders have recommended, and the comments from BMW 1200 riders have been good. (quality, effectiveness, etc...) I'm planning for a trip to NewFoundLand on the east coast here in Canada next year (a 5700km round trip tour!) and since I was ordering a bunch of parts I thought I would toss the control in.
For those who don't know exactly what a throttle control is, its basically a handle bar weighted end, much like the existing ends but has a gear (or grip) you can grip when twisting the throttle. Twisting the gear in the same direction as you would to accelerate makes the gear screw inside and press against the throttle grip, holding it in place. When you decelerate simply grip the gear with your pinky to unscrew it and release the hold. Note that it doesn't "lock" the throttle but it will definitely hold it open! Even if you don't loosen the gear, you can force the throttle if needed.
The control installs easy enough. The control is basically a weighted replacement end and a sort of washer. Unscrew with the allen key in the tool pouch, slide the washer on (note the washer has an inner ring sticking out, that side goes against the throttle grip!) and stick the weighted end on. Just screw the original bold back on and you're done.
I took it out for a quick ride on the highway for an exit and found it did as advertised. Though I'm not super jazzed about it now, I know my right arm will be thanking me come next year. (and this year and the year after next year)
I'm certain you can find a cheaper control but the Kaoko works, which some ebay deal might not. I can't see some cheap plastic holding the throttle in place and can image decelerating unexpectedly with you hand off the throttle could result in an accident. I guess as usual you get what you pay for.
Hope this helps.