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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Throttle control

I find that on the freeway its difficult to maintain an exact speed because the throttle is so sensitive. Are there better setups or do I just need more time on the bike?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 05:40 PM
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Yeah, my speed changes every bump I hit because it causes my throttle hand to move.

Here is a link to a simple home made throttle lock: http://www.scribd.com/doc/8931483/Ch...se-Control-DIY

And here is a commercial model:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...8H6W2C2YH04WJM

Basically the same gizmo.

Some guys like throttle rockers: http://throttlerocker.com/, but I like the lock because I can take my hand off the throttle when it gets tired.

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I love the throttle tab made for my kury grips. But yes, I find it sensative too. I haven't really ridden alot of other bikes to compare to but I have been on a concours, not as touchy & a vulcan 900 not as touchy. I've also been on a r6, very touchy! =) 0-100 in noth'n flat! lol


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Aside from the suggest locks and levers....I find that if I rest my first two fingers on the front brake lever, I can use them to steady my hand more holding the throttle open. Most of the pressure on the grip is from my thumb, sot the fingers are used to steady this grip.

It does take some time, but you can hold the thing steadier with practice.
(Some place their thumbs under the control box to steady their hand more)


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Excellent. I'll try these out!!!

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Yeah, my speed changes every bump I hit because it causes my throttle hand to move.

Here is a link to a simple home made throttle lock: http://www.scribd.com/doc/8931483/Ch...se-Control-DIY

And here is a commercial model:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...8H6W2C2YH04WJM

Basically the same gizmo.

Some guys like throttle rockers: http://throttlerocker.com/, but I like the lock because I can take my hand off the throttle when it gets tired.
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My Sportster seems worse than my Vulcans did... I used the commercial Vista that FC refers to on the Vulcans and liked it, but the Sportster has a screw lock that works ok...
I think maybe what KM describes might be a good idea, I'll probably give that a try...
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Using back roads and hilly terrain I've learned to anticipate what the throttle will do and compensate to keep it steady. That may be rooted in throttle control on the heli though. I can't tell because I learned to fly before learning to ride.

A looser grip on the throttle may let it 'play' with the road more. I know it took me a sold year of riding to loosen the claw grip I was using and actually allow blood to flow through my throttle hand on the highway.

I also vary my grip on the throttle depending on the road situation. Tight grip over sharp bumps, loose over flowing road (up or down, left or right bank) when I feel I need to move with it. Again, that may be pilot training - I don't know. Might be worth a shot though.
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