Throttle Rocker / Cruise Control FAQ
compiled & edited by Kristian #562
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Last Updated: 13 June 2007, by Winter #1935
A Throttle Rocker is a device attached to the Throttle
which helps keep your wrist from getting sore on long trips. A
Cruise Control is a device that can be used to hold the
throttle open. There are pros and cons to the use of these devices,
and different people like different devices (no doubt there is also
healthy debate over these definitions!).
Are there any drawbacks? Sure: You do not want to be using
it around town because you will not have the "feel" of the throttle
(which is important in situations where the environment changes very
quickly). And you do not want the device to get stuck in the
Throttle Rocker Options
- The Throttlemeister
works by creating friction between it and the handgrip. It should be adjusted so
when it is engaged (fully turned counterclockwise) the throttle will not close
easily, You can vary the amount of friction (resistance) by not fully engaging
it. During the initial setup the resistance is set by the number/thickness of
washers used. The bolt needs to have blue LocTite to keep the bolt from coming
loose, and last but not least heated grips use a different spacer from non
heated grip applications. Peter Jensen #233 97ST VT USA
- Well I've owned
both of these units though not on the 650. Both work well. The Throttlemeister
is a fine piece of machine work but it doesn't hold the throttle open any better
than the wrist rest. Tony, Homeless (CO)
- I think the wrist rest or throttle rocker is very
dangerous. It is way too easy to get a glove hung up on it and it is always in
the way when I'm not using it. I got rid of it. Marty has the right idea with
the rubber grommet, and in the FAQs there is a Part # for one from John Deere (I
think) that fits perfectly. The best thing for me is the Throttlemeister. It's
never in the way. Colorado Bob.
- Anyone use the
Throttlemeister? They came with my bike when I bought it used, and I can't seem
to get it to work just right. I don't have heated grips, if that matters. When
adjusting the washers, I either have too much grip or not enough! And when it
did work right for about 10 minutes, it seemed kinda hard to use... ugh, they
look nice and seem like they should work nicely. Omnikron.
- I had it on my '97
ST and it worked fine. Transferred it to my '99 with heated grips and it still
works pretty good. With the grip heat on & the T-meister off, it seems to make
the grip pretty hard to turn. You don't need to crank the TM all the way tight
to make it work. It's safer to just tighten it about 1/2 or 3/4 of the way, then
if you need to slow down all of a sudden, you can just twist the grip forward to
decelerate. If it's all the way tight you won't be able to move the grip at all.
Yes, the T-meister works with heated grips (on a classic F). However, sometimes
with the grips on high-temp, something expands in there and it seems to cause
the T-meister to stick a little. I've had them on a couple of bikes and like
them. They are 1/2 the price they were a couple of years ago, so you can be
happy as far as that goes. The "Cat" o-ring seems pretty cool and very
inexpensive, but I haven't tried it. I don't like those wrist-rests, because you
still have to have your hand on the bars, basically. William--USA
- I sure don't think
a better one than "Throttlemeister" is available, period! My '99 has this one
and I've used most before and the one I mentioned above is best. Pricey at over
a hundred dollars, but exceptionally well made and easy to use, IMO. Not sure
they are available for the newer 650's as yet, but I would be surprised if not.
- http://www.throttlemeister.com/ ...
had mine for 19k miles plus. It can't be beat for long distance rides. Worth the $$$.
- I've installed ThrottleMeisters on the last couple of bikes, and
am glad I did. I like the fact that it doesn't really look like an add-on;
it looks like it belongs there. No wires, no switches, just a nice clean
install. Maybe that's one reason I don't have a problem with handlebar
vibration. too. They work great inside the stock hand-protectors on the
Dakar The Second, but I never could make 'em work with the Magura bar /
Acerbis handguard combo on Dakar The First. Might be worth noting that I
frequently do long-distance days, but the TM is not something most of us
will use every day Sadlsor #1444
I have Throttlemeister's on my 650 and think their great - my
only complaint (and I've talked to others that have experienced this same
thing) is that when I use my heated grips, they swell and tighten up
causing the Throttlemeister to get tight so I have to keep fiddling with
it to maintain my setting. The throttle gets tight and my wrist start to
hurt from having to rolls on/off with so much force. Then when I turn the
grips off I have to fiddle with it again because it's too loose. Any of
you hear experience this? I don't lock it though, my preferred setting is
that the throttle rolls off ever so slowly when I take my hand off the
It's actually quite frustrating. Especially when I watch my
boyfriend use a 5 cent O ring (literally) on his bike and I spent hundreds
of dollars. As much as I like the Throttlemeisters, I think I'll try the O
ring on my next bike - he's used it for years and loves it. I think there
is something to it. They look great though! Throttlemeister has pictures
of my bike up on their site showing the install. Actually, maybe I should
call them about it - maybe there's an easy solution they can offer. I do
like them. JacquiG
- Throttlemeister warns you in the instructions about heated grips.
I turned mine on and then did the install, but I've never experienced any
issues heat on or off. Greg #1245 SEVa
- Yes, just make sure you order the Throttlemeister "with"
The Throttle Rocker is no longer available. See the
Throttle Rocker II and the
Cramp Buster for alternatives.
- I have used one for 2 years and it is great. Cost between $7 and $12 depending
on where you get it.
http://www.throttlerocker.com/. I've used the
Throttle Rocker on 4 bikes in the past few years, and think it's the best 10
bucks I've ever spent. I've got 3 right now, 1 on the
RT , 1 on the F650 and one waiting for the time Donna wants one on her F650.
I guess she's just tougher than me and her wrist doesn't get
- Am I
the only person who likes the Throttle Rocker? It works wonders for me. I push
it as far to the outside edge of the grip as I can so I can still just grab
the grip by itself if I want to. I rest my hand on it when I need it and roll
it out of the way when I don't (city streets and tight twisties). Never had a
problem with it hanging up with my gloves (which do have straps) or jacket. I
will admit that it took a little getting used to at first. Rebecca
- I like
the throttle rocker, too. I tend to ride with my index and middle fingers over
the front brake at all times, so my ring and pinky fingers do all the work for
the throttle. I used to come back from weekends of sport riding with a pinky
that did some pretty funky things. I got the throttle rocker, and keep it on,
at the far end of the grip, at all times, even in city traffic. You get used
to it fairly quickly, and it's never caught on any of my gloves. Only problem
is that you have to readjust it fairly often. Being on the outer edge of the
grip, leverage is working against it, and it slips a little bit. I also use a
rubber grommet between the bar end weight and the throttle grip on long trips.
The problem (for me) is that the grommet slips just a little bit, so I have to
squeeze a bit with my right hand to keep the grip in place. Since there always
seems to be a bit of adjusting going on for wind, hills, etc., it seems that
I'm fighting the tension on the grip more than it's helping me. As a result, I
don't use it very often. Robin #790 Chicago '01 GSD
Throttle Rocker -- fine on long freeway/straight highway rides but I nearly
killed myself this past weekend using one on a ride down Hwy. 1. My Held glove
caught on the rocker and kept 1/2 throttle on while I was trying the stop as
quickly as I could. Bad combo. I now slide mine off onto the bar end when I'm
not just cruising along. I'm not the only one that has had this experience. I
should have believed what I was told and not used it on that kind of road.
experience with the Throttle Boss but I like my Throttle Rocker. Cheap, easy
to put on (5 sec), easy to adjust (another 5 - 10 sec), easy to rotate out of
the way when I don't want to use it (traffic or twisties). It lives in the
tank bag until I'm going to be out on the highway for 2 or 3 hours. Mike639 -
- Unlike a simple throttle lock, the rocker doesn't help you
if you want to take your hand off the throttle and stretch or use your right
hand to put your sunglasses in the tankbag, adjust the mirror, etc.
I took off my throttle rocker, as did a couple riding
friends. It was nice to have on long straight roads, but it was always in the
way on twisties, and required a conscious decision to move it out of the way
when the road got interesting. More than once I found myself un-intentionally
accelerating in a curve as I shifted my position on the bike, not because I
intended to turn the throttle. I'll stick with the throttle lock.
Scott S in WA
- I haven't used one on my BMW, but I've used it on other
bikes, and I HATED it. Glad it was only $10; I gave it away (almost threw it
away). I haven't used the Cat rubber washer trick mentioned on the FAQs, but
I'm sure it works much better and is much cheaper. I
have had a Throttlemeister on most of my bikes in the past 10 years, and I'm
spoiled. I can take my hand completely off the handlebars if I desire. Some
have mentioned in the past that with the heated grips, the throttle gets hard
to move, but if you install the Throttlemeister with the heat turned on all
the way, it will work fine. Colorado Bob
- I've used one on a R1100R and a R1100RT with heated grips
with good results. My F650 doesn't have heated
- No heated grips but the rocker doesn't squeeze that hard.
It seems like it's mostly friction that keeps it from just spinning around. I
love to hate mine but it's still on the bike. You really should slide it off
when riding in conditions where you're going to work the throttle hard and
often. I nearly did myself in on the first trip I had it when I came into a
tight turn with too much pressure on it. Hard to slow down with the gas
cranked on! I have bar ends and lever guards so its simple to slid if off the
end of the grip and onto the bar end. Now that I'm
used to it I use it on any highway/slab ride longer than a few miles. Not
really a substitute for a throttle control but a bunch cheaper.
- I tried one and was not impressed. instead installed a set
of 909 grips, leaving space at the little finger and bar end weights to wedge
in. works great. '03 F650GS.
Q. Anyone out there use a throttle rocker with
BMW heated grips? My SO has one and I'm
wondering how it work, particularly on long trips, and whether the rocker has
caused any problems with the heating element in the grip.
- Yes, I do. Only on long trips.
- I leave my throttle rocker on the bike all the time without
any problem. But I have Hot Grips« not the overpriced BMW grips. My cheapo
grips are probably LOTS more reliable than the overpriced factory stuff. Heck,
you can buy about four new pairs of Hot Grips« for what BMW gets for one pair
of theirs. You can get a pair of Hot Grips« for what BMW gets for just ONE
replacement GRIP (never mind the handlebars and the rest of the crap they sell
with the factory rig). Just spin it out of the way
when you're in town. No problem. Flash 412 (CO)
- I love mine - lets me rest my hand/wrist on long trips. It
easily rolls out of the way for in town riding (which you'll want to do). It's
on the bike all the time. No problems with it on my bike with the BMW heated
grips. Rebecca '01 F650 GS, '89 Hawk GT
- I use it on my (overpriced) BMW Heated grips and find it
works well, almost. I find it annoying when racing about town and leave it off
unless I am going for a long multi hour ride. The heat from the grips comes
through with no problem. Overall, worth the $8 I spent on it. Dakar, San
- I have the BMW heated grips. I use a rocker for very long
trips. (Not around town, and never for off road.) So far no problem. mspeed
1023 -- Toronto, Canada -- '01GS
- I have it on mine with the OEM heated grips and it works
great and hasn't caused any problems as of yet. '03 black GS, Colorado Razz
- I've not had the best of luck with mine...seems to slowly
twist away from where it should be (I have heated grips...but this happens
with or without the heat), not to mention slow speed issues in town. Finally
went with a primitive, home-built "throttle lock" which traps a big rubber
washer between the end weight and the throttle grip's end. Tightening the
knurled knob squeezes the rubber washer, and increasingly adds drag to turning
the throttle. This added drag helps low speed throttle control (makes it a
smoother transition from "cable slack" to just barely on) and will also keep
the throttle open with much less effort fighting against the throttle return
spring. On my K-bike (non-heated grips), I installed a Fin-Q grip (I think
from J.C. Whitney), which has a rubber paddle built-in to the grip itself.
Needless to say, you'd better get this grip installed in the right position
the first time! No rubber band, just the molded plastic gripper. Not an issue,
as the "throttle lock" I built for the bike works fine under ALL conditions
(except dropping the bike on the right handlebar grip). Marty #436-Chicago-97
- Marty do you have the rubber band type shim that makes it
fit tight? I first tried mine without it and it did the same thing. When I
added the rubber band under it, it works just fine. I leave mine on all the
time, as Flash says just roll it around out of the way when you don't want it.
I find myself using it more and more these day's in more conditions. They do
take some practice to use and I would suggest practicing only on the open
freeway where steady speed is the norm. After some use you will get the hang
of it and become accustomed to moving it for adjustment. It reminds me a
little of learning to use clipless pedals on a bicycle. At first they are
scary and annoying but after time you wouldn't be without. Will in CA
Throttle Rocker II
- Throttle Rockers are no longer available. The Throttle Rocker II is a
totally useless piece of crap. The thing to get is a CRAMP BUSTER which is not
mentioned anywhere. Cramp Buster owns the patent that the original Throttle
Rocker used. Cramp Busters are CHEAPER and BETTER than the useless crap that
Throttle Rocker sells these days. Flash #412
|Rantings and Ravings (by Flash #412)|
I had a Throttle Rocker for a few years. The thing was just a single piece of plastic
curved around into a sort of comma shape. You spread the "dot" of the comma (or circle of
the number "9") and slipped it over your throttle side grip. It would GRAB the grip tighter
when you used the palm of your hand to open the throttle. But if you got into town and
wanted to rotate it out of the way, turning it in the close-throttle direction caused the
"9" to open up and it would freely rotate. I LOVED that thing. A couple weeks ago, on a
really cold day, it broke.
I ordered a new one online. They sent me a Throttle Rocker II. It is a total PIECE OF
SHIZIT. First off, it uses a stupid length of "double velcro." Double velcro has thin
lines of hooks parallel with thin lines of loops and will (mostly) stick to itself, as long
as you don't get it just wrong when you stick it. TRII has two of those tiny metal spring
loaded dealies like keep the watchband on your wrist watch. And of course there's the
plastic piece. So now we have FOUR parts. Five if you count the fat rubber band it comes
with in case it rotates freely on your throttle.
The first time I used it, I was trying to get it adjusted so that it would both stick when
opening the throttle and slip to rotate it out of the way. The velcro popped loose at the
opposite end, the "factory set" end and the thing fell off. I saw it go under a car in my
mirror. Two u-turns later I had recovered it unscathed.
I had been riding with it for about two weeks and I HATED the thing. I want the ORIGINAL
Throttle Rocker. I called the company (in Boulder Creek, CA) and got a recording. Then
after a while some punk with the same voice as the recording picked up. I told him the
problem and asked if they could sell me an original TR. He said that he was just the
answering service (so why was HIS voice on the machine)? He said that they'd had patent
issues and couldn't make the originals anymore. I asked if they could just SELL me one. He
said he was just a service and to send an email. I did. No response. Punk company. Punk
product. Used to be good. Not anymore. (Reminds me of BMW that way)
Universal (Kuryakyn) Throttle Boss
- Here's another one, a rubber rest I
started using this season - I like it a lot. (Universal Throttle Boss).
It's the first time I've used such a product and it really
reduces strain on the throttle hand. Very economical, $10.00 US.
Universal Throttle Boss by Kuryakyn, about $10 U.S. That's
what I use and I love it. It's a small rubber rest for the heel of your hand,
that takes the strain off your hand. From the moment I began using it I couldn't
believe what a difference it made, very comfy, and now when I ride a bike
without one it feels like something is missing. Extremely easy to install,
remove or adjust (takes seconds).
www.kuryakyn.com. Click on any of the manufacturers & follow links to "grips
& levers". I have one and it takes 20 SECONDS to put on.
The Kuryakyn throttle boss is what I'm referring to - it's
just a well-designed piece of rubber that you strap onto the grip. You can
adjust it easily in another couple of seconds if it isn't sitting quite where
you'd like it to. It's a great little gadget - now when I ride a friend's bike,
I miss having that little pad there. Here's the text
from their website: "Regardless of what type of bike you ride, the Throttle Boss
will make riding any distance more comfortable. Designed to fit any type or size
grip, the Throttle Boss can be installed in seconds to provide a cushioned
"platform" to rest one's palm. When not in use, it can be quickly removed
(without tools) and stowed in a jacket pocket, tool bag, etc."
- I'm considering the Kuryakyn Universal Throttle Boss. I was under the impression
that it is very easy to put on and take off. In fact, I was thinking in terms of
seconds. However, the installation instructions provided by Kuryakyn on their
website say that the average installation time is 20 minutes. Does anyone have
this on a 650 GS? Does it really take 20 minutes to put on? Thanks. Can anyone
comment on the relative merits of the Throttle Rocker and the Universal Throttle
Boss? Thanks here, too. mspeed #1023 Toronto, Canada
- Yep, best 3 quid I've spent for a while. Andy Leeds UK #982
- One of the best ones that I have ever
used is a Vista Cruise (~$20). It needs to be slightly modified to fit the GS
(opening filed a little bigger), but is easier to activate and de-activate than
the Throttle Meister. And the TM doesn't work with bar ends. Michael #883.
- Bob's Wrist Rest is the way to go! Available from
Bob's BMW, the beautifully machined stainless steel "bar end" type set up works
with heated grips, looks great on the F, and allows full resting of the right
wrist. Brian 1025
- I think the wrist rest is the way to go on the f650
especially with heated grips. The grips really expand when the heat is applied.
The wrist rest has much more adjustment than the competition.
Tilt Cruise Control
- I have recently installed a 'custom' Tilt Cruise control on my Dakar - when I saw
this device on the advrider forum, I had to have one. It is very simple to install and use;
just use your little finger to very easily tilt the lever, and the 'smarts' inside do the
rest - pistons move an o-ring to cause friction against the throttle. The heat from heated
grips will not interfere with its operation. The ends are stainless steel replacement bar
The gentleman (a BMW rider himself) that made it resides in Canada, and has built this
precision instrument for mainly bigger GS's, and built only a few for the F650 so far, as
they are labor intensive to build this quality unit, and it is not his main income earner.
Its not cheap at $US125, but is looks and works 'the business' for a custom job.
- Tilt Cruise Control Off
Tilt Cruise Control On
- Now had the unit for a week. The best 'quality' about this unit is that it is so
very easy to engage and dis-engage the 'tilt cruise', with or without big padded gloves; no
real pressure is required due to the clever internal piston action; nothing to turn, nothing
to roll-on or off like comparitive products I considered; for me, easier = safer, and worth
the price premium; the high quality looks/finish is an added bonus. The tilt cruise has two
tiny springs pushing its O ring the that allow the throttle to be withdrawn very easily also
in an emergency; my last crash cost $AU6,000 in bike repairs, so I dont mind paying $115
more than the Caterpillar O ring, for a safer unit. Fizz
- I bought one of these and put it on my R1150R. Its a nice device and the
gentleman who makes them is great to do business with. Acejones
Kaoko Throttle Lock
I am considering ordering a Kaoko throttle lock for my 05 GS. It looks
like it might be easier to use when riding with heavy gloves due to the
large grooves on the locking nut. Does anyone have any experience with
this unit? How does it compare to the Throttlemeister? The Throttlemeister
seems to be a heavier unit and it might help reduce handlebar vibrations.
Can anyone comment on that? Green Bean
- My friend just stuck a Kaoko on hers. Looks great and she likes
it. I have a throttlemeister- it's great and heavy. You pick, I think you
will win either way. chicken little
- I have the Kaoko (the weighted one) on mine. The protruding part
does make it easier to control and you can visually determine how much
friction is engaged by its position. The only negative I can see is the
plastic lock nut. It might ware out faster. trekkingbee
- I have thought about it occasionally, but have never bitten the bullet. I do remember hearing a rant from someone - either here or on advrider - about the plastic parts wearing too fast. codemonkey
- PM churchlady. She and her husband stillkickin have a Kaoko and another type and can offer a good comparison. If I'm thinking right, they don't much like the Kaoko. If you haven't already, check out the Caterpillar O-ring option. That's what I use and I've never considered anything else. my husband loves his Vista-Cruise but that can be a little trouble to install. greer #2085
- I got one of those for the Dakar at the BMW Rally in VT from Adv.Workshop.Unless you travel on a loooooong highway is not worth it to set up.Too many twists to set and bite the rubber.Doing it at 80mph is not wat you want.Just my oppinion... CLAUDIU
- Got the Kaoko lock on my Dakar for a while now, mad at myself for not getting one sooner. It really great. Get one, you'll be happy. michnus
- I had a Kaoko. Easy 2 minute install. But, did not like it at all. Sold it on Ebay. I would think it was off, and then next thing I know, when I pull in the clutch, the engine is revving like crazy, can't shift. I found that it would engage itself when I did not want it to. Unless I turned the friction nut several times around and around, the sudden throttle engaging would happen. You can't just turn the friction nut a single turn and be good to go. This isn't safe when you need to shut it off in a hurry. Clumsy to operate IMO.
My husband has a Throttlemeister and to disengage it, you just turn the throttle off and it is off for good. Very easy to operate. As far as I know they don't have those for the 650 though. f650gsgrrl #2321
- Kaoko sucks (still have it, on his bike).
Throttlemeister is the way to go.
I don't honestly know what he paid for the Kaoko, because he had the Atlanta dealer put it on for the ride home. It's plastic, so if you use your heated grips, that kind of causes it to get stuck in one position or another.
The throttlemeister is easy to install, smooth operating, very nice (I had something very similar on a VLX I used to own).
I paid $131 for the throttlemeister from the Greensboro dealer, but that also includes the matching left bar end. Don't know if you can order with out the match or not--I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention and just asked them to order a throttlemeister for me. churchlady
Other Suggestions to make yourself More Comfortable
- I would suggest that part of the problem is the
bar adjustment of your bike (too high, too low, turned in or out too far). Try adjusting
them up or down in height. Also, MSF class teaches to keep the "wrist down"
(safety thing so when that first jolt of acceleration hits, they can't twist WFO just trying
to hold on)...I find that a neutral wrist position works best for long boring drones in the
Midwest. Not sure if you can turn the clutch/brake lever assembly to a better angle on the
Fs (I think their "pinned" to the bars), but might be worth an effort if it works.
As someone mentioned, the gloves (especially wrist straps) can cut off circulation when the
wrist is bent. And wussy me finds it a struggle to hold that throttle WFO for hours on end
(strong return spring?)...so I built a custom throttle lock that places a huge rubber
grommet between the bar end weight and throttle end, and a tighten the bar end against the
throttle grip to give enough friction to almost hold it in place, but easily twisted by hand
(YMMV). To do this, I replaced the standard bar end weight bolt with a piece of 6mm
threaded rod, Loctited & jam nutted against end of bar. Then (in order, from inside to
outside) big rubber grommet (fits around outside of jam nut, and thicker), tiny bushing to
fit between bar end weight and threaded rod (optional, YMMV), bar end weight,
washer/bushing, threaded knurled plate on the outside of weight (rotating it adjusts
"friction" by squeezing weight against grommet/throttle end). Finally, a nylon
acorn nut to protect YOU against threaded rod end AND to keep the threaded plate from
vibrating away. Marty #436-Chicago-97 F650F
- The numbness you describe can come
from impinged nerves in the cervical spine (aka neck). Perhaps you're tense when you ride
and that shows up as neck tension. It has for me. You might experiment some with riding
positions to see if you change you upper body posture. BradG 1002, N, CA '01GS
- Throttlemeisters are unnecessary if you RELAX your wrist and just leave it there holding
the throttle in position. If you tense your wrist up you'll get cramps and be miserable.
Learning to relax your body on the bike will enable you to do many more miles in comfort.
- Does your hand get numb? If it only takes 10 minutes you may have Carpal
Tunnel. My hand would ache and get numb constantly. I had the surgery and it totally cured
my problem. It may be worth seeing a doc. Steve #417
- ...as the temperature has dropped; part of it is using the heated grips. Forgetting
that no, they won't melt or loosen; I've instinctively grabbed the throttle tighter.
Loosening shoulders and leaning forward a bit has helped, too. jsanford #1839
- Remove the handles from steering. Press a cork 15 cm. into the hole. Fill it
up with melted lead or pellet from shotgunn amo. Press inn a new cork the last 3 cm
to secure the pellets from running out again. Put back the handles again and I do
guarantee that most vibs are gone. This is a great cure for most vibs in the steering
on any bike. triumphfunduro
- Relax your grip-- you are probably gripping the bar too
tightly---every now and then take your hand off the grip and flex you
fingers. You only need to have a very light grip on the bars--this will
come with more practice. Bill No. 391 Las Vegas
- Buy a Cramp Buster. Don't screw around. Buy one today, direct.
Flash 412 (CO)
- After you allay the hand cramp, the next thing will be leg cramps
on those 300+ mile trips; Hickory sticks found at the roadside and duct
tape will fix you right up. motoplaner #1671
- As a newbie... 1) You are probably using some muscles you havent
for a while 2) This will be counter-intuitive - but get your shoulders and
elbows relaxed - when I was starting I was always too tense there - and it
translated to tensness other parts of the body. MrA #1680