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Reviewed by: John Blanding (johnnyb63)
Reviewed for: 2003 1800 VTX1800C
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 5
Ease of install: 4
Would buy again: yes
Every motorcycle shop (2 Honda, 1 Kawasaki/Suzuki) close to me assured me this throttle lock would not fit my vtx 1800c with iso-grips. After reading reviews here by bikers who had success installing the Vista Cruise, I decided to go for it. For the benefit of biker installers who may be reading different installation ideas, here is mine: 1. I did not have to use a dremel tool to open the inside diameter of the hard plastic clamping ring. I believe that would weaken the clamp and may lead to it breaking apart. 2. There were two strips of rubber filler in my kit. One was already installed in the clamping ring. It was too big for my iso grips. The second rubber filler strip was extra. 3. This second rubber filler strip had groves cut in oposing sides. By cutting this second strip apart, and along these grooves, you end up with three rubber filler strips, all three being different thicknesses now. 4. The middle size rubber filler strip was the one I used to make the clamp fit very snugley over my iso grips. 5. When you begin to push it under the clamp and over the iso grips it goes in easily, but as you continue to push it around the clamp and iso grips it gets harder to push into place. But...it can be done. After that I turned the allen screws down flush with the surface of the clamp to set the rubber filler in place. My main reason for adding this is I don't believe the right way to install the throttle lock is to eat out the inside diameter of the black plastic clamping ring with your dremel tool. Use one of the three thicknesses of rubber fillers. I used a little of my wife's dish soap to help ease the rubber filler in place. Finally, I read the adjustment directions to make sure it worked properly. Every thing looks right and it does hold and release the throttle. Tomorrow it gets a road test. Don't be afraid to try this one. It's got to help with my throttle hand going to sleep. ROAD TESTS: 1. With throttle lock "on" and on flat highway your speed stays steady. 2. With throttle lock "on" in hills, you need to make minor increases and decreases (by twisting the throttle, and without releasing the throttle lock) then relax your hand. 3. Before stopping flip the lever "off"...no problem even when I'm wearing thick winter gloves. If you ever forgot to do this, you can still rotate your throttle... It's just a tad bit stiffer than normal. I hope to make a ride from Fort Worth, TX to B.C., Canada this summer, and I am confident this throttle lock will be a blessing.
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