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I just picked up a Universal Vista Motorcycle Cruise Control. It basically has a tension spring that when the lever is depressed squeezes a rubber filler strip that holds the throttle in place. It was pretty easy to install , I had to loosen and move the brake/mirror clamp on the handlebar to make room for the bracket, that wasn't all that hard. It took a few test rides to get the tension set correctly so that the vibration of the road and motor didn't make the throttle ease back while not applying too much so the throttle was still free to snap back.

This will surely be a relief on those long rides, like the one planned in a few weeks across the mountains to Leavenworth.

Cost was only $35 with tax.
 

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CRUISE CONTROL

Great for larger bikes of cruisers, long rang plans, but not a great thig for suburban use. GOes without saying, but sometimes people just want to add something new to their bikes...for long distance they are great, around town they can be a major cause of problem and even a wreck...for newbies, this in not a suggested item until you know the bike and know the roads and conditions htat you are riding. We just had a coupele of H_D riders cross the railroad track here in my local town theat run diagonal across the highway. the fiorst guy did alright, the second guy looking around was tosssed in the air and the bike cane down at a wierd angle....he managed to save it but I imagine he was changing his shorts when he got stopped. sometimes the road look clear and it is in fact has dips or holes big enough to get a H_D airborn.
 

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yeah, not suggested for noobs but I have one, and when my pant legs are above my ankles thanks to some high wind or I need to restrap a wrist cover I put on the cruise for a second and fix em, I never do it if there is a car even close in front of me or if there's even the remotest possibility that someone is going to be pulling out, so use it carefully and with extreme sparcity until you are used to it.

On long trips flick it on only for a minute or two at a time but keep your hand near it if on the interstate and near traffic.
 

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i have a suggestion that would work just as well, and costs almost nothing, but i'm keeping it to myself out of concern for new riders.
 

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the new unit is not that I installed is not for constant use. Its for long trips when the right hand, arm and shoulder start to buckle and a small break is needed. The left arm can be free anytime when not shifitng.
 

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...and sometime you don't even need the left arm to shift :)
 

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What about those things (I can't remember what they're called) that you rest the heel of your hand on? My husband has one on his bike. That seems like it would alleviate some of the pressure on your hand without the dangers of the cruise control.

I have arthiritis *and* fibromyalgia, and my hand gets to aching quite a bit after about 20 minutes. I definitely want to get something before I take any long rides.
 

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your talking about a throttle rocker, I don't really have a cruise control more like a throttle lock. I use it all the time...that is I lock the throttle, let my right hand cramps subside then loosen it. Don't have those nagging sore hands anymore
 

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That's it. Boy, it really sucks to get old and lose your memory (or is that lose your mind?). Thanks, spok. Think I'll get one. They're really inexpensive, so if I don't like, I won't have lost much.
 

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CITY--COUNTRY

I've been fortunate to have always live someplace like Honolulu, on in the city in CA, VA, TN. or do some 4 hour rides on the east coast R.I. I have never felt the need to have one of my controls in automode...even when I drove all over I-95 from R.I. to ME or NY...Auto pilot..I don't believe in...sorry, but I feel that if youo get a blowout or hit by a bird (birdstrike) or for some reason hit a slick spot..youare begging for an accident..
 
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