Cruis­ing just got eas­ier

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

ONE of the few down­sides to rid­ing a cruiser long dis­tances is the lack of stan­dard cruise con­trol, es­pe­cially in Vic­to­ria where a mo­men­tary lapse in watch­ing the speedo can se­ri­ously hurt your pocket.

That’s where com­pa­nies such as Mo­tor Cy­cle Cruise come in. The Vic­to­rian com­pany has de­vel­oped an in­ter­na­tional mar­ket for its af­ter­mar­ket elec­tronic cruise con­trol.

A trial ride to Phillip Is­land on a dressed-up Tri­umph Thun­der­bird proves it is $1009 well spent.

The sys­tem is op­er­ated with a three-but­ton panel (set/ac­cel­er­ate, re­sume/de­cel­er­ate and on/off) above or be­low the left han­dle­bar and it’s as good — in some ways bet­ter — than many of the units fit­ted to cars.

Tri­umph tech­ni­cal guru Cliff Stovell says fit­ting the sys­tem takes three to five hours and he’s a big fan, given the model-spe­cific units don’t in­volve cut­ting any wires on his ma­chin­ery.

For long-dis­tance and long-term rid­ers, it’s an in­vest­ment in en­joy­ing the ride as much as pro­tect­ing your li­cence.

MCC sells units for all ma­jor bike com­pa­nies, along with a uni­ver­sal kit.

More de­tails at mc­

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