What's the best option for a throttle lock / cruise control for comfort on long rides?

Paige <PLPKLT@aol.com> says "I have a R11RT and use the throttlemisters I really like them, they are easy to use as you just roll on the throttle and grab a little of the throttlemisters and lock them on, when you want to disengage you just roll off the throttle. Even with them on you can turn the throttle so it isn’t a problem. I find them easy to use, effective and the stainless steel looks great on the bike. they are well made and I think worth the price of admission.

My son had the kind that Bob’s sells ( the knurled ring) it actually required you to turn the locking rings opposite to the throttle to lock it on. I guess they thought it was a safety feature but seemed very hard to use and I think more dangerous. I even noticed the tendency was to reach over with the left hand to set it, this seem very dangerous to me."

Jeff Dean <jeff.dean@worldnet.att.net> reports that he uses BMW’s screw-type throttle lock on both of his RTs. He has always preferred the simple screw lock over the end-of-handlebars type locks. BMW’s screw lock is available from your local BMW dealer. It resembles the old airhead under-the-handgrip throttle-lock screw, but is mounted on top of the right handgrip and requires replacement of a part of the handgrip’s housing. Even so, all parts are not expensive, but you may want your dealer to install it.

While you are doing that, Jeff says might be a good time to install the European-style on-off switch for your headlight, also available from your BMW dealer. If and when so inclined, with this switch you can actually turn your headlight on or off! Incredible what modern technology can produce.

(Steven C. Wright)< wrightsc@mindspring.com > Noted " If you have heated grips, there is a very strong rubber cement that glues the end of the grip to the heating element. You must use a small, sharp knife to cut the cement which will then allow you to separate the end of the rubber grip from the element. Once this is done, a half-inch long rubber insert is installed between the grip and the element. Not difficult, but you must be VERY careful that you don’t slice the element as you’re digging around in there with your knife. Follow the directions included with the Throttlemeister and you won’t have any trouble.

I was using the Wrist Rest with the knurled ring (sold by Bob’s) but I found that it was difficult to use (I was using both hands to set it and I wasn’t real comfortable with that).

I haven’t tried the Throttlemeister yet, but it looks like a very high quality piece. If you order one, make sure you tell them you have heated grips (there is an adapter which comes with the kit for non-heated grips).

IRISH LOU <IRISHLOU@aol.com> Says "I have an RT w/heated grips. I use the "Bob's" instead of the Throttlemeister. Cheaper, doesn't look as good (no matching counter weight), but, works great."

However, Harry G. Greenspun, M.D." <hgg@clinpath.com> Replied to Lou’s post with "FYI, Bob now sells a matching counterweight. There's a picture of the throttle lock on my website (follow the motorcycle link to "gear"). http://www.greenspun.com/harry/bikes.htm

There is another option, the Schneider Flip Lever, but it requires the drilled out version of the right grip. Bob Ranney <ranney@amnix.com> writes " ditto...I have them both, the throttlemeister and Schneider flip lever described below and the flip lever is bone simple, easy to adjust and doesn’t interfere with throttle action...However, Dell at Throttlemeister is one of the greatest vendors going...

Jim Wilson <jimwilson@iname.com> installed the flip levers himself: " I had a flip lever left over from my K100 and now use it on my R11RT. Had to get the handlebar part with the threaded hole for the screw/lever from BMW. The Big Deal in assembly is that with heated hand grips the wires have to be run through the handlebar part. This means disconnecting the—very long—wires. Fortunately I had the fairing off for other maintenance, which made it easier to get to them, but it still took a couple of hours to trace the wires, cut the wire-ties, etc. etc. and put the whole mess together again in a neat package. Easy but very tedious. I also like the convenience of the flip lever.