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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Photon Cruise control review


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Despite my previous poor results with a Vista cruise control for motorcycles (which was really throttle lock device same as this is) I have decided to try another design since I have a large Australian tour coming up soon.

The Photon Cruise 2 is a small device that clips on to your handlebar grip and to engage you simply use your finger to press it forward on to your brake lever. (See the next photo to visualise) You can get them on eBay for about $20 and fitting is just a few seconds.

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To disengage you are told to simple wind the throttle forward and the device will slip to allow the throttle to close.

I was wondering how a device could both hold the throttle open but then allow it to close by simply twisting it with wrist. And unfortunately in operation the device, on my bike,  does not hold the throttle open well at all, the grip slowly slides and the throttle slowly closes.

Bumps and vibrations perhaps play a part and on smooth road I did get it to hold a couple of times and then as with any throttle lock you are then either accelerating slowly or decelerating slowly but never maintaining a steady speed since when riding we make tiny adjustments to the throttle to maintain a steady speed against varying resistance of wind and gradient. Despite that a short relief from wrist cramp on a long tour is still of value but nothing like the mile crunching power that electronic cruise delivers.

(Update: I have managed to get the device to grip better by adding the rubber ring that is provided for metal grips but the speed of  course remains always falling or accelerating)

The Photon is easier to fit and engage than the Vista but so far does not actually work that well. It is not intrusive so I will leave it on and give a long term update after my tour.

Related to this (and as readers might know) I previously also tried the wrist rest Throttle Jockey and Crampbuster devices on tour but found them to be too intrusive. To be able to rest your wrist at highway speed throttle position the device needs to be installed angled up high towards the sky at low speed throttle positions. (or if fitted flat as in the marketing photos it ends up pointing down to the road once the throttle is open) It is very easy to accidently open the throttle more than you wanted at low speeds when fitted as needed so I gave up trying to use them.

5 comments:

  1. I never know these types of cruse control systems were available for bikes without electronic cruise.

    It's a good idea in theory, but like you said has it's issues.

    Let me know if you ever find a good one!

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  2. I shall have to give one of these a whirl one day. Thanks for the informative review. Cheers

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  3. I have used this on my BMW r1200r for almost a year now. your review of it is accurate, but with use I have found it valuable on long rides to give short periods of relief to my w reckon it's $20 well spent

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  4. i have the vista lock on my KLR and it has worked flawlessly for over two years - i leave it on there permanently.

    My riding buddy has a KTM 690 enduro and it doesnt work nearly as well.

    I believe alot has to do with the grip design. works great on my bike if you can fiddle with it on yours.

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  5. An update. The device broke (snapped in half along it's length) when I was moving it one time so that was that. I always found myself gently slowing or accelerating and in as little as 2-3 seconds the speed lost or gained was 10kph so I would just grab the throttle again. I can get more rest by simply speeding up a bit and pulling in the clutch and taking my hand off throttle.

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