Let’s start this by stating, for the record, I bought the Omni-Cruise Throttle Lock (their site), and I purchased it intending to use it on my own motorcycles. Which I did.
Naturally, I bought one, misplaced it, bought a second, used it, then found the first. I maintain this is a solid enough reason for owning more than one motorcycle.
Things I liked:
- Made in the USA
- Small company, direct owner involvement
- Quality of the product is excellent – bombproof
- Product design is also excellent
- It works (more on this in a moment)
- It doesn’t take up a lot of space on the throttle
Things I was less in love with:
- If you have a CrampBuster, and your grips aren’t really wide, space is eaten up
- With or without their supplied rubber band, mine slipped
- Engine vibration alone is enough to make it slip at times
- You can largely cure the two bullets above by really – and I mean REALLY – cranking down on the thumb screw to increase friction
Of all the throttle locks I’ve owned and tried (the count being 5 now), this is the one still on my 2012 Super Tenere. It’s not my absolute favorite (that goes to the Kaoko), but it is a very close second. My choice in aftermarket handlebars meant giving up my Kaoko, but I have no regrets. On a big 3100 mile ride last summer, the Omni-Cruise proved it’s worth time and again.
Which brings us to an important point – it’s a throttle lock, not cruise control. It literally “locks” the throttle open at a certain point with friction, allowing you to rest a fatigued right hand. To set, you install the unit, tighten the screw to supply friction and with the throttle opened and maintaining your desired speed, you push the Omni-Cruise’s “finger” forward and down ensuring it makes contact with the brake lever. No, it cannot block the lever, it simply uses the top of the lever as a leverage point, combined with the friction, to hold the throttle open.
This does require some testing to get right, however, and you’ll learn to be very careful with your throttle setting to maintain a constant speed, instead of slowly accelerating or decelerating. If the unit is not tight enough, engine vibrations can cause it to let the throttle slip slowly, slowing you down. The opposite it true – too much throttle held open and you just keep accelerating. It’s more complicated to explain than it is to operate and get right, however, so know that it works as designed and fiddle from there.
Would I recommend the Omni-Cruise, or buy one again? Yes. They are tough units and need to be for you to get the most from them. They will easily survive falling off at speed, being driven over, frozen, boiled, munched on and shat out by an elephant, if the need be. Over-engineered is a reasonable term here. Some folks I’ve met complain about them, but I now know the secret to happiness: crank on the thumb screw and ride!