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    Long Beach Motorcycle Show had a 3' partial booth for this product - nicely packaged. The item itself feels real solid and comes in carbon fiber trim so we know it went before at least one focus group.

    I was convinced this thing was my cruise control solution in 15 seconds. Once home I installed mine in 3 seconds. Manufacturer claims install takes 6 seconds, but I went to colluge.

    It is a clip that opens to slip over throttle with enough slack to be "1-finger" rotated down with hand doing regular throttle duty, to brake lever - but enough tensile strength to grip the throttle and hold it in place. When your hand is rested you 1-finger rotate the clip back up or close throttle to back the clip off the brake. It's pretty ingenious and simple - $19

    If pic's don't post go to website www.2wheelride.com and click "go cruise throttle control". This thing looks to be just what I'm looking for to practice Chris Pfeiffer moves.
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    glenn2 is right about this new toy. It don't weigh nuthin and it clips on very easily. I tried one last week on a Dealer ride. Met the inventor. NIce guy named Billy, I think. I just didn't want to spend 19 dollah. Admittedly, on the way home from mt Palomar I could not get the cramp Buster to work as well as I preferred. This little deal works very well and goes on and off in a flash so you can pocket it and maintain ownership. Comes with two 'O' rings for increased tension if it's needed.
    I'm not sure Mr. Pfeiffer does stoppys at full throttle though.

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    Where can we buy this?
    direct from website "2wheelride.com"

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    Quote Originally Posted by notacop View Post
    I tried one last week on a Dealer ride.
    Dealer ride 'eh. (hmmmm notacop didn't say what kind of dealer. . .he didn't say it was a BMW dealership. . . Maybe he's considering a defect to Ducati? Probably not Mussolini was a coward and he strikes me as having too much bravado Triumph? Norton? Well Churchill did pull those brits together pretty well. Good Lord not Harley? The White House's throwing money at anything with a pulse! {secretly glenn2ns inserts politics and world history into thread as part of his masterplan as he attempts to build new group of "riders for the advancement of world history"}

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    dang that thing is cool. I'll likely order one come riding season again.
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    Hey, youse boys thinkin' that i'm a back stabbing Hardley wank? Never! Ducati, perish the thought. I did have an Ariel oncest, and a Honda and a Benelli and 5 other beemers.

    Browns' had the monthly ride and I went along. So if you want one call them in Pomona and be nice and they will charge you the correct amount for a good thing.

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    dang that thing is cool. I'll likely order one come riding season again.
    By that time they'll probably be $21

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    Do you have heated grips and what size did you get? Can you post a pic of it engaged against the brake lever on your bike? Have you road tested it? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilotage View Post
    Do you have heated grips and what size did you get? Can you post a pic of it engaged against the brake lever on your bike? Have you road tested it? Thanks!
    yes
    don't know sales guy handed me one. He also offered me the super secret new color not offered to anyone buy yellow S Beemer folk - chrome all chattel get carbon fiber
    stand by for pic
    no rainin'

    I actually have these cool foam grip pads (velcro assist) that enlarge the grip diameter. Fortunately, this gizmo slips right into a perfect slot between grip pad and whatever Berlin gave us for grip stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn2ns View Post
    yes
    don't know sales guy handed me one. He also offered me the super secret new color not offered to anyone buy yellow S Beemer folk - chrome all chattel get carbon fiber
    22mm is the one to get.

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    Can you post a pic of it engaged against the brake lever on your bike?
    notacop tried 'em, me thinks he likes 'em
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    Thanks. Is it metal or plastic?

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    I ordered the sport bike sized one. From the description, it should fit, I hope.
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    I think it's a space age alloy of sorts. . . too dense for plastic yet strangely not any metal known to this colluge boy. . .checking packaging for materials list. . let's see it says "do not take your hands off the handlebars"

    "note to CP"

    on and on it goes with the legal blather about do not eat this or something "do not drink scolding McDonald's coffee while operating this device". . . .

    "Warranty: one years limited warranty" come on giv 'em a brake they're an upstart. Doesn't say China but go figure

    Idea is genius. Product seems very worthy and seems very well built, website is weak, instruction sheet is weaker, no word on construction material.

    3 days rain forecast so I might get washed into that big blue wet thing (glenn2 points left) 3 miles that away before I can try it.

    Hold on! this is California and the song says 'It never. . .

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    I asked Asian fellow assisting me at Long Beach Motorcycles Show(Bill??) about patent. said pending. This guys gonna be buying homes with this idea. Well maybe his angel investor will be buying another German motorcar.

    i told him get color selection. That's when he pulled out the super secret yellow S product in chrome

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn2ns View Post
    "Warranty: one years limited warranty" come on giv 'em a brake they're an upstart. Doesn't say China but go figure
    Doesn't say China, but if you look at the right side of the packaging, it has asian writing on it.

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    Perhaps it's made of something derived from Roswell? Area 51? Skunkworks?

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    J, I'm not a linguist but I think that's Japanese. My package has two sizes listed L (25mm) and S 22(mm) with a line drawn through the L 25mm.

    Does that mean the L 25mm is exluded or selected?

    Again they're an upstart. All in all I'd say well done with a few scrunchy edges to file down. Colors would easily bring them greater cash flow. this thing costs 25 cents to injection mold and 20 cents to package. I figure the upper price point to be around $30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn2ns View Post
    J, I'm not a linguist but I think that's Japanese. My package has two sizes listed L (25mm) and S 22(mm) with a line drawn through the L 25mm.

    Does that mean the L 25mm is exluded or selected?
    25mm is excluded, 22mm is selected.
    22mm = 7/8 of an inch. That's the grip size of our bikes.

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    Yeah, they make one package for one size like ours, and another size aka Harley, and strike the one it's not. That's not an uncommon practice here.
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    OK, so who's going to write the first ride report?

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    Oooh, oooh, me.
    Like I said, I tried it out on a dealer ride that Billy, the inventor, was on. He whips out this thing and plops it on the throttle and shows me that when you have the throttle open for your speed setting, you push downward on the device making it rest on the brake. Magically it hold the throttle open at the position you set.
    Like all other throttle stop devices, it holds your speed, relatively. To overcome the device one simply rolls off the throttle. It won't replace a true cruise control but it be a very effective 2nd. Doesn't take any installation skills like some of the more sophisticated pricey throttle stops.
    Easy, simp and quickle.
    My Cramp Buster is a POS compared to this thing. Most effective for the freeway drones. You know, when you have to pick your nose or rummage through the tank bag at speed looking for you GU energy pack.

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    I want one. I installed a throttlemeister and my opinion is that it is a dangerous product that requires to much fiddling to use.
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    "I installed a throttlemeister and my opinion is that it is a dangerous product that requires to much fiddling to use."

    I quickly learned to loathe mine on my RT-P. I'd forget I'd set it and would up with a really sore hand working against it's tension.

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    Wonder if this would work for the Bat-mo-cub as well as the beamer?

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    It would work on your lawnmower as long as it had a twist grip and a convenient resting place. Universal, you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Donkey View Post
    Wonder if this would work for the Bat-mo-cub as well as the beamer?
    If it's got a throttle and a brake on the same side I think you're in fat city

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    They are currently out of stock of the small black ones. I just caught this thread and was going to buy one. Guess I have to keep checking to see when they get back in stock. BTW, I consider it a good thing when they go out of stock. Tells me people are liking the product.

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    Got my black one today, and fits fine. Crampbuster is off now. Friday we are 70 and sunny I'll use it then, but it tests well in the garage and it blends in very well.
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    I tried it in the light drizzle today for 5-10 miles and found that without the rubber band the throttle was slipping closed - it never closed but trying to move in that direction. It slipped from 3500 rpm to 3000 rpm in 20 seconds or so. (what did I do with that rubber band?). It activated very easily. Very optimistic.

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    Maybe our grips are in different condition, or units are different tightness. Mine won't budge once in place.
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    I would not expect this type of clamp to be a cure all but a hand pain relief device. Just the thing when crossing miles of interstate. In town would be kinda ineffective.

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    Anyone with grip puppies try one of these? I suppose I could cut the grip puppies back, but that seems like it would be annoying when I would not be using this device.

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    1. The unit is out of the way, all the way against the inner raised ridge of the grip.
    2. I used it today in the HOV lane commuting. It worked great. Last but not least, highway to work is downhill (-400 feet), so going home is uphill. Speed varied +/- 10% or more was adjusted.
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    I tried mine again around town and found it very useful in light traffic to take my hand off. In nearly 30 years of riding, I have never been able to do that without the major slow factor. I like them. I have to find the rubber band as my throttle gently eases down especially if I hit a bump, etc.

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    Did you fellers know that BMW and others used to have this feature built in to the throttle? My 1978 80/7 has it as did earlier versions. A big thumb screw threaded into the throttle and a spring applied pressure to a nylon pin that rubbed on the rotating portion. Adjustable throttle lock, Who woulda thunk it? Hands off operation, NO PROBLEM!
    I guess after the world became politically correct and lititgationous this feature was no longer acceptable.

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    This unit works better than that old thumb screw design did. On/off, on/off, etc. with no twiddling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notacop View Post
    "I installed a throttlemeister and my opinion is that it is a dangerous product that requires to much fiddling to use."

    I quickly learned to loathe mine on my RT-P. I'd forget I'd set it and would up with a really sore hand working against it's tension.
    I have a throttlemeister too, and I never use it (ok, maybe twice a summer, to unzip my vents on my coat or something). I think it's potentially dangerous too, and causes a lot of vibration in my handlebars. I think I'll take them off this summer.

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    I'm also interested in how these fit with Grip Puppies. I'd rather not have to trim and could live with it being a bit tighter than "stock" but obviously not if it's so tight that it is a hazard.

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    Thanks for the tip. I bought one and it works great. Ran about 200 miles on the interstate, and it does not slip. Easy to adjust.

    They were out of black, so I ordered a silver one. Looks much better than I expected---not a cheap uniform aluminum color, but more of a bright silver with something like an "engine turn" pattern.

    I have Grip Puppies, but I decided the diameter was too much for the small version I bought. I just took a razor and made a very narrow trim of the puppy

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    How stiff did it make it with the Grip Pups in place? Was it super hard to "turn off" the cruise control, or just a little more than you felt comfortable with. I know it's hard to describe precisely, but I'd be interested if you are willing to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadMan View Post
    I want one. I installed a throttlemeister and my opinion is that it is a dangerous product that requires to much fiddling to use.
    Arne.

    Let me know if/when you order. Make it 2 pcs, and we can save on shipping.

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    Dan:

    Just to be clear, I never tried the cruise control over the grip puppies. I cut a little channel all the way around the puppies and put the control in that groove, so it bears directly against the stock grip underneath.

    Set up this way, I didn't find it uncomfortable to adjust. Yes, you have to rotate the grip somewhat forcefully when you want to reduce throttle, but it is not bothersome. I certainly don't worry that it is somehow going to stick and be a safety problem.

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    Thanks.

    So it slipped on OK over the pup and then went into the channel you had prepared?

    Given the winter wx here the bike is parked, so I'm planning to hold out for a black one.

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    i'm still confused how it shuts off. you have to twist the throttle/roll off the throttle shut? but i'm guessing the friction is enough to keep the throttle open?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crick0234 View Post
    i'm still confused how it shuts off. you have to twist the throttle/roll off the throttle shut? but i'm guessing the friction is enough to keep the throttle open?
    Correct. it has enough friction to overcome the return spring and keep the throttle where you set it, however your hand can easily overcome it's hold to return the throttle closed or lower. When you close the throttle, the thingy stays resting on the brake lever, when you open the throttle again the thingy will now raise up off the throttle, awaiting you to push it back down to activate the cruise control once again.
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    Hmm, I wonder if any of these will find their way over to the UK. I'd like one for my tour to France this summer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorch View Post
    Hmm, I wonder if any of these will find their way over to the UK. I'd like one for my tour to France this summer...
    At the Long Beach International Motorcycle show a week back or so, the guy selling these that I was talking to (may be the inventer 'notacop' met [days earlier] named Bill) - asked me if I was a distributor or wanted to be one. I said yes, bought two and gave one to a friend.

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