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post #1 of 17 Old Sep 20th, 2013, 12:31 am Thread Starter
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Aftermarket cruise control recommendations

I was the proud owner of 2 previously owned 2005 LTs but divorce and no time to ride forced the sale of both over a 5 year period. Now I have more time (and the bug) to renew my relationship with yet another.

Recently, I found a very low mileage 2005 LT from an original owner but found that this one was purchased in Germany. I'm told that this was supposedly sold as a US spec bike but did not come with the cruise control option (verified by my test drive).

Anybody have a suggestion for an aftermarket cruise control?

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post #2 of 17 Old Sep 20th, 2013, 1:54 am
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Re: Aftermarket cruise control recommendations

Since your bike most likely is not equipped with the logic circuits that tie in the throttle with the brakes, brake lights, clutch, vacuum and speed sensor, the addition of a retro-fitted electronic cruise (even if available--see mccruise.com) would constitute a wiring and wallet nightmare. I'm thinking that you're going to be limited to the mechanical (and significantly less costly) alternatives from VisraCruise or Throttlemeister. Both are good units. I've found the Throttlemeister to be the more stylish of the two. Then, of course, there's always the $10 Cramp Buster......

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Re: Aftermarket cruise control recommendations

I've had throttlemeisters on all om older bikes and they are fantastic.

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Re: Aftermarket cruise control recommendations

This unit is popular with FJR and Valkyrie riders...

http://www.valkyrieriders.com/shopta...se-control.htm

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Re: Aftermarket cruise control recommendations

Here is a complete write up of one of the Chromeheads gurus (Pencin) installing a Rostra CC in his R1200C.

Rostra Cruise Control

Link to the Cruise Control thread @ chromeheads.org

You are going to have a lot of fun
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Strat: Maybe so, but (1) they are carburetted engines, and (2) look at all the extra parts and fabrication that's required. I'd foresee a boatload of 'issues' developing with the attempted insrallation of that on the LT.

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Here is a complete write up of one of the Chromeheads gurus (Pencin) installing a Rostra CC in his R1200C.

Rostra Cruise Control

Link to the Cruise Control thread @ chromeheads.org

You are going to have a lot of fun
Good luck!

Big, bold letters, right on the main page: Not recommended for MC use. And NO tech support if you do it, anyway. Why take the chance?

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Re: Aftermarket cruise control recommendations

I respectfully differ. The R1200C/CL are fuel injected. Yes, a lot of fiddling to get that installed.
The Throttlemeister is definitely the easiest way to go in this case.
But the point is to show that is complicated but possible.

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VoIP: My reply was to Strat and his VTX/FJR recommendations. You snuck in your post while I was composing my reply to him.

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Yes Sir, you are right and I did not read...

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Been there, too......

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Re: Aftermarket cruise control recommendations

Typically wiring harnesses are designed and built to accommodate all options, and I'd be surprised if your bike doesn't already have the wiring and the connectors for the cruise control. There may be an additional dedicated sub-harness that is needed, but it should be possible to retrofit cruise control depending on the amount you want to spend. You'll probably need new handlebar controls both left and right, and then the modulator on the throttle bodies and the control unit. I haven't looked at the wiring diagram yet and I don't pretend to know exactly what's required, but it does seem to be an interesting exercise!

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Typically wiring harnesses are designed and built to accommodate all options, and I'd be surprised if your bike doesn't already have the wiring and the connectors for the cruise control. There may be an additional dedicated sub-harness that is needed, but it should be possible to retrofit cruise control depending on the amount you want to spend. You'll probably need new handlebar controls both left and right, and then the modulator on the throttle bodies and the control unit. I haven't looked at the wiring diagram yet and I don't pretend to know exactly what's required, but it does seem to be an interesting exercise!
Far cheaper to buy an LT with factory cruise. But if you are a glutton for punishment, have at it!

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Strat: Maybe so, but (1) they are carburetted engines, and (2) look at all the extra parts and fabrication that's required. I'd foresee a boatload of 'issues' developing with the attempted insrallation of that on the LT.

I hear you. It would be nice if someone had already done this on an LT and documented it. I'm sure it can be done. Just a matter of someone taking the time to fabricate and apply it.

Before I sold my FJR I was a member of a few of the forums catering to FJR's. A fellow member worked out a process to install the Audiovox unit on an FJR and publicized it on one of the forums. With some tweeks and suggestions from other members, an accepted install method was formed. Many people bought in. One of my bestest running buddies did the mod. Worked flawlessly. The only drawback that I could see was the sizable vacuum chamber (servo) that resided above the left passenger peg for all the world to see. Other than that...it was cruise control!

FJR's are fuel injected. Throttle bodies...carbs... whatever... are all actuated by hard linkage that controls all units simultaneously. This common linkage has a cam with a cable(s) attached to it from the hand grip throttle control. This is where the ball chain from the servo attaches. The servo doesn't care what's down stream of the linkage cable cam...carb or throttle bodies. The end result is the same in either case. When the servo ball chain pulls or releases, the throttle plates open and close changing the( fuel)/ air volume entering the intake respectively..

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This unit is popular with FJR and Valkyrie riders...

http://www.valkyrieriders.com/shopta...se-control.htm

We put one on a k100rs and it worked great, at the time the audiovox cruise was about $100, I see them on amazon for $185, fairly easy install on the older K engines.

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Far cheaper to buy an LT with factory cruise. But if you are a glutton for punishment, have at it!
+1 on that. There are plenty of K1200LTs in the US for sale. I would get one that already has cruise control, (one of my favorite features on the LT) instead of trying to rig something up.

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I installed a Rostra on my FJR and documented it in FJR forum. It would be my choice for any aftermarket installation.... Works great.

An LT without cruise.... Brrrrrrrrr!
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