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So, you know, I have this new motorcycle and it's got all sorts of cool stuff on it, including cruise control! Freeaaawwwhhhh!

So, I had better learn to use it. I switch it on on a very short minor highway (Barnett Highway, for those in the know) which runs beside a mountain and a major inlet on the Pacific Ocean for about 9km / 6mi. It's a beautiful road with the world's largest nest of tar snakes spanning both directions of traffic. However, it's listed at 80km per hour (50 mph) and is regularly patrolled by local enforcement.

I am a heavy user of cruise control in my vehicles at the best of times, mostly as a speed limiter (F1 pit-lane style) to ensure I stay under what the cops would nab me for. This highway was a great test.

So, futzing around with buttons and switches and ... holy sh!t the bike really does have cruise control. It's pretty nifty.

I was foolish to not acquaint myself with how to turn off cruise control, however, I knew it would simply be application of brakes. Even with the six access IMU, and cornering ABS, and the bells and whistles, I'm still braking upright before going into a turn. So. I'm approaching a turn. Cruise is on. The bike will be going through the turn hot if I keep cruise on. So, I'm going to slow down for my turn.

I'm sure my motorcycle instructors would be proud. Apparently the first thing I do is to try and roll off the throttle, even before I touch the brakes. I haven't got any throttle applied myself, of course, because I have cruise control on. However, the throttle does roll up (back) just a touch, just like on a non throttle-by-wire bike. Doing so immediately dropped the cruise control - much like releasing the throttle on a non cruise-control bike. Immediately. Before I touched the brake.

This was a great feature, as I did that without THINKING. That isn't a thoughtful touch, that is the touch of engineers that think like riders, that react like riders, that want to give the best of things to riders. It's a spectacular level of control over the electronics that was unexpected.

Anyone else notice this? Anyone else think about it obsessively like I do?
 

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Exactly how cruise control worked on my 06 BMW 1200RT. There was a switch that detected you forcing the throttle closed which switched off the CC.
You are much more succinct than I am, my friend. But yes, exactly that.

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A convenience, and more importantly, safety feature. If anything were to shock or disturb the rider enough (as long as they have their hands on the bars), it cuts power without having to wait for human perception/reaction time to get on a brake lever. I can imagine a heap of scenarios that it could be a life saver in.

In my experience it is also a smoother way to cut CC. If you are really moving and hit the brake or outright turn CC off, unless you've compensated with the throttle, the drop in power can be jarring. With the throttle switch it seems to be easier to manage.
 

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So, you know, I have this new motorcycle and it's got all sorts of cool stuff on it, including cruise control! Freeaaawwwhhhh!

So, I had better learn to use it. I switch it on on a very short minor highway (Barnett Highway, for those in the know) which runs beside a mountain and a major inlet on the Pacific Ocean for about 9km / 6mi. It's a beautiful road with the world's largest nest of tar snakes spanning both directions of traffic. However, it's listed at 80km per hour (50 mph) and is regularly patrolled by local enforcement.

I am a heavy user of cruise control in my vehicles at the best of times, mostly as a speed limiter (F1 pit-lane style) to ensure I stay under what the cops would nab me for. This highway was a great test.

So, futzing around with buttons and switches and ... holy sh!t the bike really does have cruise control. It's pretty nifty.

I was foolish to not acquaint myself with how to turn off cruise control, however, I knew it would simply be application of brakes. Even with the six access IMU, and cornering ABS, and the bells and whistles, I'm still braking upright before going into a turn. So. I'm approaching a turn. Cruise is on. The bike will be going through the turn hot if I keep cruise on. So, I'm going to slow down for my turn.

I'm sure my motorcycle instructors would be proud. Apparently the first thing I do is to try and roll off the throttle, even before I touch the brakes. I haven't got any throttle applied myself, of course, because I have cruise control on. However, the throttle does roll up (back) just a touch, just like on a non throttle-by-wire bike. Doing so immediately dropped the cruise control - much like releasing the throttle on a non cruise-control bike. Immediately. Before I touched the brake.

This was a great feature, as I did that without THINKING. That isn't a thoughtful touch, that is the touch of engineers that think like riders, that react like riders, that want to give the best of things to riders. It's a spectacular level of control over the electronics that was unexpected.

Anyone else notice this? Anyone else think about it obsessively like I do?
Agree with you. I find this feature absolutely brillant.
 
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