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Old 11-07-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Throttle lock Screw ?

Was the throttle lock screw intended to be used as a cruise control or just for maintenance uses? I just found out my R80 has one. It's not easy to get to while riding, anyone using it on the highway?
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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Was the throttle lock screw intended to be used as a cruise control or just for maintenance uses? I just found out my R80 has one. It's not easy to get to while riding, anyone using it on the highway?
I always set mine so the throttle will not return by itself and just leave it there. Much easier on my Arthritic old wrist.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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Set and forget. That's been my method. You do adapt to it.

That said, over time the setup will wear where the screw meets the throttle, and eventually it won't work so well. That might take a few years though.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:25 PM   #4
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mine is missing on R80G/S ... didn't know it had an throttle adjustment screw
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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BMW part - 32 72 1 230 874 About $10 from Max's or any dealer. It's located under the throttle assembly on the right bar, look for a knurled nut. I've had my bike a while and never knew it was there.

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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I always set mine so the throttle will not return by itself and just leave it there. Much easier on my Arthritic old wrist.
That's the problem I'm having on longer trips, my hand will start to go numb and then when I stop . . oh the pain.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:45 PM   #7
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I have had the throttle locking screw on all my BMWs for the past 30+ years. Basically set it so that the throttle does not return on it's own. Have to actually twist the grip back. Works great, especially for long distance riding. Use it for a few rides and you get used to it real quick. Have yet to wear out the throttle sleeve on the handle bar on any of them. Just remember not to screw it in too much. Just needs a light touch, enough to stop the springs from closing the throttle, but not so much that twisting the grip is stiff.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:59 PM   #8
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I've been riding in the cold some lately. My hands are painfully curled up and I can't straighten them for some time. I think it would be worse except for the Airhead Cruise Control. Bob's counter person told me that the one I got was not OEM. It looks just like the OEM. Works the same too. Set and forget is right. But once in a while I tighten it up or loosen it some. The throttle tube wears funny and the cruise control doesn't provide the same tension every where. But it still seems to work. You get used to it.

There used to be another style after market one some years ago. It had a lever that provided a cam action to the nylon center piece. One way was on and throw the little lever it was off. I haven't seen those in some time. They were a little better because they could be on or off quickly
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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Throttle lock? Damn!
No wonder I can't see anything outa my mirror.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:22 PM   #10
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disston....Is that the Vista Cruise....or something like that? Thumb lever that pulls a band tight to hold the throttle. My old Gold Wing has one of those and it is a welcome relief to the right hand when riding long distances.

My R75/6 has one of the knurled knobs with a spring to hold it's adjustment, if I recall correctly. So the end of the "bolt" just drags on the throttle tube? I just never looked at it too much to really know if it was more involved. The engineers must have not been too bored that day

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #11
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The Vista Cruise sounds like something else. The one I remember went in the same threaded hole as the OEM throttle Lock. It just had a quick release lever included. Maybe can't picture it but it worked.

The nylon center part that actually rides on the throttle tube wears and they should be cleaned once a year or so. I had to buy a new one once but I guess they do last a long time.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:07 PM   #12
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The lever device that you guys recall which is fitted instead of the throttle friction screw and provides an on/off friction option is the “Flip a Lever”. This design has not been made commercially for some time, but examples frequently turn up on the used market.

One of devices that are available which can add friction to the grip via a bar end screw adjustment is the Throttlemeister http://throttlemeister.com/ (I have a set on my 1993 R100R), but there are other manufacturers that offer similar products.

The Crampbuster http://www.crampbuster.com/bmw-motor...-less-than-11/ is another approach to solving the same problem (the similar Throttle Rocker seems to be out of production).

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:22 AM   #13
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my throttle lock bolt is in my tool box as i never use it. i wont my throttle to spring back so its safer going in long lines of cars.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:40 AM   #14
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half a million miles on various airheads ALWAYS with the throttle lock screw set. anytime I ride someone elses bike, I damn near go over the bars when I relax my grip in the gas!!

just been riding with it so long that I can't ride without it. when I bought my klr, first thing I did was install a cheapo cruise control thingy, and when I get my new wee-strom, that will agian be the first thing I do to it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:58 AM   #15
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Everytime someone rides my bike, they comment on how the throttle is sticking? Most are airhead owners. I've had one on the 2 airheads I've owned, and couldn't go back. Fred rode my bike last week and had to loosen it, then it fell out and I lost it Totally felt weird to ride without, but I always have a spare
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