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Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« on: December 04, 2016, 04:56:12 pm »
I got the side plastics off before it got really cold and I am about to start the installation of my cruise Control but am wondering where the control should go, LEFT or RIGHT side?
Murphs shows it on the right but I think that would be awkward to set while holding the throttle.  The Murphs purchased mount looks like it requires the removal of heated grip wire cover.
All of the factory built systems on other bikes  that I have noticed are always on the left which makes sense to me.

Now having never ridden a bike with cruise I though I might ask the wisdom for the COG members.... LEFT or RIGHT and ABOVE, CENTER or BELOW the grip?

Also please feel to post pictures of the mount location.

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Here is a mount made for the right side.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2016, 08:13:05 pm »
I got Murphs mount and it is for the right side. If you can, mount it on the left side. It is awkward on the right.

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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2016, 08:45:02 pm »
My recently acquired C14 has the MC Cruise mounted on the left, and it seems to work well. Unless you're a contortionist, I'd say put it on the left side.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2016, 10:37:00 pm »
Seeing that your's is a 2010, I assume then it has heated grips.
The right side has that guard over the wire at the throttle. Mine did, too.
I looked at what I'd have to do to put it there, and decided to go on the left side.
Plus, almost everything is on the left.

Some have put theirs there on the right and have posted they have no issues with setting it.
To me, it would have been awkward trying to hold the throttle and push the buttons...

Mine's on the left, and it works well for me.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2016, 11:12:29 pm »
Mine is on the left also.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2016, 11:22:45 pm »
I tend to mount mine on the left. I find it much easier to engage while keeping the throttle hand steady.  Just my preference.

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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2016, 11:49:59 pm »
I put mine on the left.  Works great.

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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2016, 01:59:33 am »
Here's another vote for the left handlebar. I tried it on the right and hated it. Of course, that's before I had Steve's flash and it was so blasted difficult to hold a steady speed and push a button simultaneously with the same hand. I fabricated a bracket from a Simpson Strongtie bracket from Home Depot. I have photos of it somewhere on the forum.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2016, 02:02:18 am »
Murph's bracket can be used on the left side with a little tweaking  :beerchug:
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2016, 02:06:34 am »
Thanks all. Seems I'm think along the right line..... aiming for the left side.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2016, 05:55:23 am »
Derek, here's the link to how I did mine: http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php?topic=53492.msg400995#msg400995

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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2016, 11:09:41 am »
Derek, here's the link to how I did mine: http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php?topic=53492.msg400995#msg400995

Scroll to the top.


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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2016, 02:24:29 pm »
OK, pal, I wear size 16 AA. What size do you wear?
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2016, 02:26:26 pm »
16 PFFFT!

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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2016, 03:36:00 pm »
Well,
I guess Fais and I both go against the crowd in this instance.
Both of our cruise units have the switches on the right handlebar below the switchgear. Super easy to use and very clean install. I custom made the mounting bracket for both installs from a 3 inch piece of aluminum bar stock. Took about 15 min to make each one.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2016, 03:41:09 pm »
Maybe it's mondays  snow fall that is clouding my vision but what is this switch gear you talk of? 
Would LOVE a picture!
Thanks

Well,
I guess Fais and I both go against the crowd in this instance.
Both of our cruise units have the switches on the right handlebar below the switchgear. Super easy to use and very clean install. I custom made the mounting bracket for both installs from a 3 inch piece of aluminum bar stock. Took about 15 min to make each one.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2016, 03:44:04 pm »
Derek,
The switchgear is the kill switch, starter button, etc, that is factory on every bike. Turn signals and horn button on the left bar.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2016, 03:45:52 pm »
Thanks,  never heard it call that before but hey, I'm from the great white north! ❄️
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2016, 03:14:32 pm »
I mounted mine on the left and I find it works well for me.

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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2016, 12:26:31 am »
I mounted mine on the left and I find it works well for me.


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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2016, 07:06:40 pm »
I'm looking into installing the rostra cruise control . I have two questions pertaining to the install.
For the control pad Murph has a bracket for 20 $ . Is it worth it . Is it plug and play or it must be adapted to fit on left side? Or it is better to make your own bracket?

Secondly, is the control pad waterproof ? If not is there a switch cover available for the control module?

Thanks

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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2016, 07:15:58 pm »
IMO no it's not worth buying murphs.  It only fits on the right side and in one place. You will be required to remove the cover for the heated grip wire (if you have HG).
I brought  it and will be making my own over the winter... with -22c predicted tonight and for a few days... I got time!

As for waterproof.... others can answer from experience but I plan to pack mine with dielectric grease and silicone the push together seam. 
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2016, 08:48:23 pm »
All you need is a vise, a hammer, and a piece of 3 or 4 inch wide aluminum flat stock about 1/8 inch to 5 /32 inch thick. This can be easily made into a bracket to mount over or under the handgrip on the left or right side. I made mine for the right side. with a little planning you can position the switch assembly EXACTLY where you want it to be.
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2016, 09:10:44 pm »
My first and second picture is what you get when you buy Murphs... just a aluminum plate and a longer screw.... didn't even get any 2 sided tape to attach the control to the plate.... I upgraded my control to the engage light which removed the standard control and the 2 sided tape apparently.  Not a big deal to get it myself just seems strange.  I did contact murph to see if it had been missed and he seems surprised but didn't offer any.... not what I have come to expect from such a highly recommended seller.


I'm looking into installing the rostra cruise control . I have two questions pertaining to the install.
For the control pad Murph has a bracket for 20 $ . Is it worth it . Is it plug and play or it must be adapted to fit on left side? Or it is better to make your own bracket?

Secondly, is the control pad waterproof ? If not is there a switch cover available for the control module?

Thanks
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Re: Cruise Control, Left or right mount?
« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2016, 09:13:28 pm »
This is my plan... got some time now to work inside on it as the temps are going to -22C tonight and staying cold for a few days!


All you need is a vise, a hammer, and a piece of 3 or 4 inch wide aluminum flat stock about 1/8 inch to 5 /32 inch thick. This can be easily made into a bracket to mount over or under the handgrip on the left or right side. I made mine for the right side. with a little planning you can position the switch assembly EXACTLY where you want it to be.
Matt
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