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    Default Difference between cruise control and a throttle lock on a 1800

    On another thread someone was discussing a throttle lock and when someone ask why do you need one when a 1800 has cruise he got blasted and told not to hijack the thread.....

    Ok not PC but I live under a mushroom in the dark and get fed chit so I want to know what is the difference between a TL and CC?

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    Throttle lock is manual and holds throttle position only. Speed will increase or decrease based on load. If your go up a hill speed will decrease and vice versa going down hill. True electronic cruise control will adjust to the load in order to maintain the speed that was set.

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    The very limited use for a throttle lock on an 1800 would be were you are going slower and/or in a lower gear than the CC will engage. Most of the time if you are in a situation that the CC will not function you really shouldn't be using it OR a throttle lock anyway. Might be usefull in a parade or slow freeway condition.

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    I have a throttle lock on my wing and I use it for situations where in need my right hand only for a moment and using the cruse will take longer. It is a good thing.

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    There are many reasons why I use my Vista Cruise, and why others feel the need for one. My stock cruise has no lag at all (I adjusted it), and I still use my Vista Cruise more when not on the freeway for long stretches.

    My hand cramps up. Flipping a thump is faster than setting the OEM cruise.
    A bike without a CB is behind me, and I want to point at something on the road. (I hate using my foot)
    I want to point at something to a likewise rider. (cute butt bending over in a cage-Who wouldn't want a peek at that???)
    I feel like resting my hand on my lap for a brief time if traffic in clogged up on a back road for a minute or two?.
    I need to scratch an itch and can only get at it with my right hand.
    OEM cruise doesn't set at low speeds.


    These are some of the things I like about it. It's way faster to flip my thump than it is to use the OEM cruise. (I don't believe in leaving the cruise button in all the time).

    We all have different wants and needs and a throttle lock is just another one of those things that some find a use for,and some don't.

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    More importantly ... cruise control will instantly dis-engage when you hit the clutch or brakes ... a throttle lock will not ...
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    Back when I had my 85 Aspencade I never used the throttle lock. It didn't
    make sense due to the reasons posted above (doesn't hold speed and will not
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    I'm with Rocky on this.

    I use my Vista Cruise throttle lock more than my cruise control for the same purposes that Rocky listed above. The Vista Cruise is just a convenience device.

    I don't use the Vista Cruise to hold speed over long distances, that's what I use my bike's cruise control for.

    No worries about disengaging a Vista Cruise either. When the tension is correctly adusted with the provided key, the throttle can be easily rotated to the off position even with the Vista Cruise ON. They are designed that way for safety. Plus I can manually disengage it with my thumb in a nanosecond at the exact same time I'm braking with both brakes. Not a problem.

    I wouldn't be without mine. Very handy device.

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    Since my camera is set up for a right handed user, I use mine all the time to snap photos. Especially handy for action shots and don't have the time for the cruise to set in.

    Quick shots like this are easier:



    Or last second thought of taking a shot like this:




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    My muscles don't work right all the time, and I need all the help I can get.
    • I have the factory cruise control and leave it engaged so I can use it whenever I want.
    • I also have a Cramp Buster "cruise assist" so I don't have to grip as hard.
    • I will be getting a throttle lock and for all the reasons mentioned above plus a few more.


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    I have one on my Concours, works great for those times you just want to take your hand off the bars for a minute. It will hold speed if your on a flat road. All you have to do to release it is roll the throttle back or disengage it manually. It will not keep the throttle on if you want it off, it doesn't hold that tight. Best $20.00 I spent.
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    What model Vista Cruise throttle lock do you use on the 1800? I have always had one on every bike I've had until the 1800 and couldn't find one that fit it correctly.

    If you have the model number of the lock, I'd sure appreciate your sharing it with me.

    It is a very convenient device especially at slow speed for all the purposes listed by others above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    There are many reasons why I use my Vista Cruise, and why others feel the need for one. My stock cruise has no lag at all (I adjusted it), and I still use my Vista Cruise more when not on the freeway for long stretches.

    My hand cramps up. Flipping a thump is faster than setting the OEM cruise.
    A bike without a CB is behind me, and I want to point at something on the road. (I hate using my foot)
    I want to point at something to a likewise rider. (cute butt bending over in a cage-Who wouldn't want a peek at that???)
    I feel like resting my hand on my lap for a brief time if traffic in clogged up on a back road for a minute or two?.
    I need to scratch an itch and can only get at it with my right hand.
    OEM cruise doesn't set at low speeds.


    These are some of the things I like about it. It's way faster to flip my thump than it is to use the OEM cruise. (I don't believe in leaving the cruise button in all the time).

    We all have different wants and needs and a throttle lock is just another one of those things that some find a use for,and some don't.

    OK, now I get it. That would come in very handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canyon Dancer in Colorado View Post
    What model Vista Cruise throttle lock do you use on the 1800? I have always had one on every bike I've had until the 1800 and couldn't find one that fit it correctly.

    If you have the model number of the lock, I'd sure appreciate your sharing it with me.

    It is a very convenient device especially at slow speed for all the purposes listed by others above.

    Read my post (#4) in this thread with pictures of my mod's to make it fit and where I got it for a 1800. http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showt...-throttle-lock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Read my post (#4) in this thread with pictures of my mod's to make it fit and where I got it for a 1800. http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showt...-throttle-lock
    Yes, I read that but they make a 1" handlebar diameter and a smaller one (I think it is 7/8") so I am wondering which one fits the 1800 bar. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgent View Post
    More importantly ... cruise control will instantly dis-engage when you hit the clutch or brakes ... a throttle lock will not ...
    the Brakeaway brand throttle lock will disengage when you hit the front brakes but it won't fit a Goldwing. I had one on my VTX 1300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canyon Dancer in Colorado View Post
    Yes, I read that but they make a 1" handlebar diameter and a smaller one (I think it is 7/8") so I am wondering which one fits the 1800 bar. Thanks in advance.

    The same one (Part # 168 ) fits both the 1500 & 1800 7/8 bars. That is what's on my 1800 now. I took off my 1500 before I sold it. http://www.casporttouring.com/cst/mo...L1500/168.html
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    Default Thanks Rocky

    Thanks for the info Rocky, at a cost of $24.00, don't want to get the wrong one......7/8" gives me the info I need. Even tho I haven't had one on the 1800 since I bought it back in 2001, I still inadvertantly try to flip it on because my thumb "remembers it" on the 1980 1100 that I had and used all the time. It will be good to get it installed on the 1800. Thanks so much!

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    Default Got Vista Cruise installed

    Just finished installing the Vista Cruise throttle lock on the Dancer! I had to do some grinding on the tab that fits into the nipple under the handle bar cluster but being careful and fitting it a number of times has turned out perfect. Also had to grind the rivet head down so that the device would fit between the grip and the cluster. It is great to have it available to use at low speed when the cruise doesn't operate.

    Thanks Rocky for getting me started on this! Looks like original equipment too!

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