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Relax that throttle hand, soldier

I know some of you big Cruiser boys have a similar device built into your throttle grip. Seeing one on a big Road King at rider training made me wonder if there was an alternative for the displacement-challenged like me.

throttle rockerEnter Throttle Rocker, a handy little bit of plastic that can make your throttle hand last a bit longer when the riding's getting good.

It's among the simplest of the simple machines - a lever that changes downward motion into rotational torque, making that throttle twist a bit easier on the fingers and wrist. I know what some of you are thinking: give me a break, already - what flower-sniffing sissy needs such a thing?

Well, riders, I am not ashamed to admit that hand cramps are not among the list of things that I enjoy about motorcycling. Call me what you may, but I am glad I spent the $10 for mine.

Here's the deal in a nutshell: the Throttle Rocker is not the only flavor of throttle assist gizmos on the market. The Crampbuster is another ($11). They work pretty much on the same lever principle - the difference is in the means of attachment.

In the case of the Rocker, it is a bit of two-way 'hook and loop' fastener that you have to very carefully weave around your throttle grip. Fortunately a diagram comes with the piece and you will need it if your strap comes completely undone. (This is my main gripe about the product and I think Crampbuster's design is a bit simpler in this department.)

Once you've attached the device, it's time to test, test, test ride. I have found that moving the device a millimeter or two can make a huge difference in the comfort factor - it all depends on your style of riding and at what RPM you tend to occupy when cruising.

Some stuff to look out for:

  • It's not a cruise control. It just takes a bit of pressure off your grip when cruising, requiring less grip force, greater endurance and less cramping
  • Be extremely cautious on your first few test rides. If you set the device too high, you may find yourself overthrottling if you are not careful
  • The device works in a pretty narrow speed range - you will find your sweet spot after a ride or two of trial and error, but don't expect it to have a huge impact in a wide range of speeds
  • It is especially helpful in winter when wearing heavier gloves - and you may need to adjust the position to suit your gear from season to season
  • They are available in a variety of sizes and for both right- and left-hand throttles

Your mileage may vary - good luck.

-Sal, Editor
February 2007

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