Omni-Cruise Motorcycle Throttle Lock Review
There’s a difference between twisting a throttle and holding it open for hours on end. The first is part of the fun of riding, and the second can be a real pain.
If you want genuine cruise control, start looking at high-buck sport-touring bikes. But if all you’re looking for is some temporary relief for a sore throttle wrist, check out the Omni-Cruise.
True cruise control maintains your speed by varying the throttle position while you ride, even if the road climbs or dips. A throttle brake like the Omni-Cruise holds the throttle position steady regardless of the terrain. If you come to a hill, you slow down. On the other side of the hill you speed up. So the Omni-Cruise isn’t an alternative to the cruise control on, for example, a Gold Wing, but it’s great when your wrist is sore from holding the throttle open for too long, or when you need your right hand free for a few seconds.
Installation is easy. Undo the tension screw until the Omni-Cruise opens up enough to slip over the throttle grip, position it inboard on the grip, then tighten the screw. Now––and this is important––get used to rotating the Omni-Cruise on the grip with your thumb before you ride with it for the first time. Hold the throttle open and push the tab on the back until the front part rests on the brake lever. If you let go of the throttle you’ll see it stays in place. The tension screw should be tight enough to hold the throttle but not so tight that you can’t close the throttle and return the Omni-Cruise to its original position.
Omni-Cruise supplies some rubber rings to put on the grip under the Omni-Cruise in case the grip material is too slippery; my Bonneville’s throttle grip was fine without the ring. It took some trial-and-error to get the tension right. Too loose, and the grip would slowly close when I took my hand off it; too tight, and it was difficult to thumb the Omni-Cruise into cruise mode. After a few roadside adjustments I found the sweet spot.
The Omni-Cruise is CNC-machined from billet aluminum except the part that contacts the brake lever, which is plastic to prevent wear. The tension screw is made of stainless steel, and has a knob big enough to operate with gloves. The aluminum parts are powdercoated black. The top-shelf materials and finish, along with a one-year warranty, add up to a retail price of $49.95. That might seem steep compared to less expensive nylon throttle brakes, but if you look at them side by side the Omni-Cruise is clearly worth it.
For more information, call Omni-Cruise at (714) 396-4564 or visit omni-cruise.com.
(This Gear Lab review was published in the September 2013 issue of Rider magazine.)