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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Cruise Switch

I know this is insane, but my Cruise switch is really starting to bug me. Why is it on the right side of my bike. seems that it would be on the left, so I can just reach with my idle hand instead of reaching clear across the console, or letting go of my throttle. I know this is anal, but OCD is a terrible thing to waste. Should be an easy enough fix, but is it? I know I need a maintenance manual anyway, but has somebody moved this? Maybe I should just get over it.


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Hmmmm... Seems logical to me to be on right side with throttle and I'm able to operate it fine with my right thumb without any problem. I guess I don't understand the "reaching across" issue you're having. Are you referring to the rocker switch on the lower console?. If so, should be pretty straight forward to move to the blank location on the left side.

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Are you talking about the cruise switch located on the instrument nacelle (located by the base of the handlebars) or the switch located in the switch housing. If you are talking about the main on/off cruise control switch by the instrument nacelle you can just leave it on all the time there is now need to turn it on and off. I turn my switch on when I picked up my 08 and never turned it off yet because all the cruise functions can be controlled with your right hand. If you are using the main switch to disable your cruise without touching the brakes or clutch STOP doing it. You can disable the cruise by taking the throttle and twisting it forward.


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yeah, i think your ocd is working overtime here. you can leave the cruise switch on all the time, but only engage the cruise as you need. the switch to engage/disengage is right there by the throttle so you can hit it with your throttle thumb no problem.

edit: markiron was thinking the same thing i was at the same time.....
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I am talking about the main toggle. Gee, never thought of just leaving it on. I cancel my cruise usually by decelerating. But turn it off when not in use. Rarely use it. Thanks and nevermind then.


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I was just thinking of that the other day....Does make more sense to put the toggle on the other side, but I do reach across just as easy.
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Damn...

...I was just thinking the very same thing this past Sunday!
The set switch on the handlebar is a reach too. I have trouble holding the throttle steady and flicking that switch. Oh well, guess it's just something I'll get used to.
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...I was just thinking the very same thing this past Sunday!
The set switch on the handlebar is a reach too. I have trouble holding the throttle steady and flicking that switch. Oh well, guess it's just something I'll get used to.
what works for me is to accelerate to about 3 mph over what i want to set it at, and then relax the throttle and as i decelerate into the speed i want, i push the button with my thumb. works like a charm.
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I am talking about the main toggle. Gee, never thought of just leaving it on. I cancel my cruise usually by decelerating. But turn it off when not in use. Rarely use it. Thanks and nevermind then.
You have a Throttle By Wire (TBW) control. If you walk up to your bike with the engine off and put your hand on the throttle you can Roll the throttle forward towards the front of the bike. The throttle will roll forward between a 1/8 to a 1/4 turn and then it stops. Rolling the throttle forward while riding the bike with the cruise set WILL TURN OFF YOUR CRUISE without using the brake or clutch or the main toggle. Then if you need to you can hit resume to go back to the same speed or hit set to enter a new cruise speed setting or you just use your hand to control the speed of the bike. You DO NOT have to use the main toggle for any cruise functions other then turning the cruise on to enable the cruise functions. It will not hurt a thing by leaving the main toggle on. I have my main toggle on for 40K mile and everything is fine.


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Never found it to be an issue - I leave the switch on and have no problem engaging the cruise with my thumb.

A couple of things for those new to cruise - you can adjust your speed up or down a couple of mph at a time by pressing the switch either to the left (resume = speed up) or to the right (set = slow down). Also, on the TBW bikes you can roll the throttle forward to cancel the cruise (also, either brake or shifting).

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