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Motorcycle Parts Review: Cruise Control by Kaoko

Posted by Eric Lange on June 17, 2014
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

The timing of the installation of my new motorcycle cruise control made by Kaoko couldn't have been better!

Maybe I'm actually getting old finally, as I recently started having some issues with my right forearm while typing, working, and riding my BMW R1200GS Adventure. Communicating with you folks by computer all day and then guiding motorcycle tours like "Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Ushuaia!" means I'm pretty dependant on my hands, so some much needed relief has been in order.

Motorcycle Cruise Control ReviewI first tried the Kaoko Throttle Lock (Cruise Control) on our "Patagonia Experience" tour in 2013, but admittedly, didn't really need the "help" at that time. Now that I need it, I'm glad this option exists, as it's providing some much needed forearm relief:

  • Easy to use, just tighten the spinning Kaoko lock to create resistance against the throttle tube so that the throttle tube doesn't spin as freely and cable tension isn't constantly pulling & twisting on your wrist
  • The amount of resistance is easily adjustable with just your throttle hand, also while riding
  • Resistance against turning the lock itself is adjustable with a small grub bolt (look closely, on the top of the lock nut)
  • Simple to install, it took about 5-10 minutes on my BMW with the basic instructions included
  • The Kaoko Throttle Lock replaces the original handlebar end-weight both in terms of size and weight
  • Looks great, and who doesn't love a little farkling?!?!?

Kaoko Cruise Control ReviewEspecially when compared to other types of motorcycle cruise controls that I've reviewed, (see this link for one potentially DANGEROUS version), why install a cruise control device that you'll then need to uninstall for safety reasons?

The Kaoko Cruise Control is an easy choice to make. It's out of the way when you want it to be, yet readily accessible at any moment you decide you want some forearm relief. Perfect! (See the original bar end/weight to the right next to the Kaoko Cruise Control prior to installation. The small allen wrench that's included in the background allows you to adjust the resistance with which the cruise control spins/tightens.)

Sure, some new bikes come with electronic cruise controls that may or may not work (ehem, "more electrical problems anyone?") The beauty of the Kaoko cruise control is its simplicity. Combined with the fact that it works and provides such relief, I'd say it's an easy buy!

Motorcycle Cruise Control Review

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