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Cruise Control That Really Works

Thursday, October 15, 2009

*DISCLAIMER: FOR HIGHWAY-USE ONLY (DO NOT USE IN CITY)!!!  USERS ASSUME ALL RISKS WITH THIS O-RING CRUISE CONTROL DEVICE*

Larry from Sulphur gave me this little yellow silicon O-ring (Caterpillar #8M4991) last Saturday to use as cruise control (WTH?!). First, I was a little apprehensive; but after 100-plus-miles with it, I can definitely say that it not only works, but works GREAT!!

Cruizin' Cajun™ scooter cruise control

I have used Crampbuster before and liked it; except when you get off the highway and on to the city streets, it tends to get in the way of throttling and front-braking. Unless you remove it, you could inadvertently hurt your right wrist with prolonged use (brought on by the awkward hand position), not to mention possibly unsafe in emergency situations.

With this O-ring, which I will now call the “Cruizin’ Cajun ™”, you don’t have the same problems as with the Crampbuster. The O-ring offers infinite speed setting and fine-tuning capabilities, and its stickiness or gripping strength is just right which makes (manual) accel and decel both smooth and effortless. Furthermore, over relatively flat roads, the speed-holding characteristic is almost constant.

ATTENTION:  IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE! When you want to stop the scooter, you must throttle all-the-way down to a stop (manually) in addition to applying brakes; otherwise your scooter (and you) would just keep going at the preset speed, even if you release the throttle, OK?!  When you use this O-ring, you lose the ability to coast to a stop–please remember this!  That’s right, USERS ASSUME ALL RISKS with this device.

Also, some have mentioned that when it becomes difficult or impossible to use the O-ring, for example when the stop-and-go city traffic approaches, as a safety precaution, one should just simply roll it over onto the grip, and that would stop the cruise-control function instantly.  As you get ready for the highway again, you could very easily yet carefully roll it over and into the groove between the bar-end and the grip and resume cruising.  Personally, I would strongly recommend against using the O-ring at speeds below 45-mph.

Give it a try (as many satisfied adapters have already discovered)! To order, try here.  Ride safely.

_Lorenzo

*If it works on the Piaggio MP3 500 and Suzuki Burgman 400, I imagine it would work on many other similar scooters.

**Update (10/24/09)

A few techniques on using the O-ring:

O-ring cruise control in OFF position

O-ring cruise control rests in "OFF" position on the handgrip

Key point:  Move the O-ring into the groove between handgrip and bar-end weight

Key point: Move the O-ring into the groove between handgrip and bar-end weight to engage cruise control function

Key point:  Make sure to center your palm on the bar-end as you pull the O-ring toward the groove with fingers

Key point: Make sure to center your palm against the bar-end as you pull the O-ring toward the groove with fingers...

So the O-ring does not accidentally slip off the bar-end and land on the ground somewhere

So that the O-ring does not accidentally slip off the bar-end and land on the road somewhere (and even if it does slip off, just let it go for safety reasons; come around to find it later, plus they're cheap so you can afford to buy a bunch of replacements)

This is ON position

HIGHWAY-Mode: This is "ON" position

Key point:  keep your palm tightly pushed against the bar-end as you push the O-ring back to the OFF position

Key point: keep your palm tightly pushed against the bar-end as you push the O-ring back to the "OFF" position

O-ring back safely to the OFF position on the handgrip

CITY-Mode: O-ring back safely to the "OFF" position on the handgrip

***Update (6/14/2010) After an unscheduled low-speed rear-ending incident which occurred recently in San Antonio, I am now strongly advising ALL USERS of the simplistic, effortless, marvelous, fantastic and super-effective little yellow O-ring to USE IT ONLY ON HIGHWAYS, NEVER IN CITIES. Please take this to heart. I am serious!  My deepest apologies to the kind lady in the white GTS 300 Super, wherever you are.

How it happened — I was slowing down to a stop, switched on the tilt-lock, with both feet down, and acted as if I had come to a full-stop (so I thought). Reached down for my camera to take a picture of the group ride… Then, suddenly IMPACT! Right at that very moment, I realized that I had left the O-Ring “On”.  The MP3 continued to roll forward with a little bit of left-over throttle.  Too late!  Don’t let this happen to you! 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce permalink
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:03 am

    That Larry is one smart Cajun.

    • Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:20 pm

      Smart, yes. He’s putting his time to good use since he retired.
      _Lorenzo

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