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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2012, 11:51:43 am »
If you're going to install a cruise control, I'd look real hard at the Rostra. It doesn't use vacuum pressure at all (it uses an electric servo instead) and this not only makes installation easier, but it makes the unit work better, particularly at high altitudes and higher throttle angles.
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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2012, 11:53:57 am »
If you're going to install a cruise control, I'd look real hard at the Rostra. It doesn't use vacuum pressure at all (it uses an electric servo instead) and this not only makes installation easier, but it makes the unit work better, particularly at high altitudes and higher throttle angles.

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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2012, 01:56:28 pm »
My brother's getting a Vaquero after a pickup truck wrecked his M109R, I noticed the cruise control on the new bike. i was wondering if that cruise control would work with my Connie? It's a Kawasaki factory part, I'm guessing some of the electronics are similar.  ;)
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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2012, 05:05:45 pm »
My brother's getting a Vaquero after a pickup truck wrecked his M109R, I noticed the cruise control on the new bike. i was wondering if that cruise control would work with my Connie? It's a Kawasaki factory part, I'm guessing some of the electronics are similar.  ;)

Its very possible it might. I'd need to get ahold of the wire diagram (and more preferable, the whole service manual) for the Vaquero and have a look at it. Though the torque and power curve may be different enough on that bike that it could impact how smooth it would work. The only way to really know would probably be to try it and find out.
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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2012, 05:38:27 pm »
Talk about a big TO DO over very  little, I can shut down my C-14 with a Rostia so many ways that the Chance of it ever running away with me is sooooo slim I don't think about it. If Ma Kaw was worried about law suits because of CC She would not have put it on any bike.  My 1988 Voyager had a CC from the factory and it never failed, It went out the door this year. The only CC failure I ever had was in a 1975 Mercury and it would not shut off when the brake light fuse blew, when I put on the brakes the car speed up, it though we were going up hill!Ford Motor Co still sells cars with them. Now if that fuse blows you can't get it out of park! Life is full of risk, Just how safe are you on your motorcycle?  Go with the Rostia, $200.00 6-8 hours work ,and you will have a good system and they also have a good customer service dept.  What do you think Captn Kpass, sorry, Bob?

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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2012, 05:45:31 pm »
Talk about a big TO DO over very  little, I can shut down my C-14 with a Rostia so many ways that the Chance of it ever running away with me is sooooo slim I don't think about it.

My only concern with these car kits we are adapting is that they use a chain to "Pull" the throttle,  there is always a chance something like taht can bind up, if that happens, no CC override will stop it, the only way to stop the acceleration in that case is to either hit the engine kill switch or turn off the ign,   and if you are in a corner when that happens.................................


I know many do it successfully, but I just do not feel comfortable using a pull chain on a 120+ HP motorcycle...   the McCruise is expensive but it has a setup that virtually eliminates the possibility of throttle bind
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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2012, 07:50:04 pm »
Talk about a big TO DO over very  little, I can shut down my C-14 with a Rostia so many ways that the Chance of it ever running away with me is sooooo slim I don't think about it.

My only concern with these car kits we are adapting is that they use a chain to "Pull" the throttle,  there is always a chance something like taht can bind up, if that happens, no CC override will stop it, the only way to stop the acceleration in that case is to either hit the engine kill switch or turn off the ign,   and if you are in a corner when that happens.................................

I know many do it successfully, but I just do not feel comfortable using a pull chain on a 120+ HP motorcycle...   the McCruise is expensive but it has a setup that virtually eliminates the possibility of throttle bind

They actually use a bead chain, and it's done this way intentionally because the round beads on them provide a rounded surface that won't catch on things and it takes up it's own slack when relaxed automatically. While I agree that the MC Cruise set up for the throttle appears to have less of a chance of problems, I think the bead chain design is pretty safe.
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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2012, 07:25:59 pm »

They actually use a bead chain, and it's done this way intentionally because the round beads on them provide a rounded surface that won't catch on things and it takes up it's own slack when relaxed automatically. While I agree that the MC Cruise set up for the throttle appears to have less of a chance of problems, I think the bead chain design is pretty safe.

I would think the beaded chain would just give it more places to bind up.........
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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2012, 09:01:28 pm »
OK, Let's do this, how many of us has had a run a way problem with a cruise control on their bike, any make of bike, any make of cruise control. I want to know how dangerous I'm living.

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Re: factory cruise control
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2012, 09:17:59 pm »
OK, Let's do this, how many of us has had a run a way problem with a cruise control on their bike, any make of bike, any make of cruise control. I want to know how dangerous I'm living.
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