The McCruise Cruise
Control Review by Guest Reviewer: Evan Rubenstein
“Since I started riding 30 years ago, I have been bothered
with a sharp pain in my right shoulder blade after about 30
minutes of riding and so on all the bikes I’ve owned over the
years, I have always had a throttle lock. These are inexpensive
and quite effective but are not at all precise. They are good
for relieving the pressure needed to keep cruising but not much
good at maintaining a set speed. A slight downhill will easily
result in you speeding up by 10-15 kph and conversely, an
uphill will slow you down significantly. With speed
enforcement in Victoria so strict – you are constantly fiddling
with the throttle lock to maintain a steady (legal) speed. It’s
a real pain.
After being caught 4 k’s over the limit while returning from
Sydney in 2005 wile using my throttle lock, I decided it was
time for a proper electronic cruise control. For a short while
I contemplated adapting an automotive cruise control as they
are cheap, but reading through the forums I concluded that they
were tricky to get working properly and I would waste too much
time stuffing around with it. So I decided to get an MCCruise
Unit – the only aftermarket cruise control that I came
across. At first I struggled to justify the investment,
but considering that I had spent over $20k on the bike and that
bikes with this facility as standard are many thousands of
dollars more, I felt it would be worth it. It was a good
Fortunately the device is made in my home town (Melbourne)
and so I called round to the guys at McCruise to make my
purchase in person. The guys were super helpful and
configured the unit specifically the way I wanted it for
fitting to my then brand new 2006 Yamaha FJR 1300. (see
I undertook the installation myself, which if you are
mechanically orientated is not too difficult, but takes a good
few hours (9 in my case, but I was also installing a couple of
other bits and pieces while the bike was disassembled). The
instructions are magnificent in that they are bike specific,
very clear and fully detailed. At no time during the
installation was there any confusion nor any need for
telephonic assistance, which was available. The kit itself is
superbly made with minute attention to detail. Every
single screw, washer, nut, hose, connector, cable tie etc. was
in the box along with a few spares too. They even supply the
special cable-end grabbing tool you need for the
The four main components are:
1:The electronic control unit into which the wiring harness
connects, with connections to the front and rear brake light
switches, clutch, wheel speed sensor, handlebar control and
power. I located this out of the way in the taillight
2:The vacuum actuator which connects to the inlet manifold of
the EFI. The standard FJR configuration is to locate this in
the storage compartment under the seat, but in my case I
located it under the right hand side fairing, which is where it
is normally located for the electric gearshift version of the
FJR. In this way I kept all the storage space under
the seat available for the bits and pieces that I like to keep
on the bike.
The Vacuum Actuator
mounted under the fairing.
The Actuator seen through
the fairing once mounted.
3:The handlebar control; a neat, three button piece that can
be factory configured to fit on either the left or right, top
or bottom of the handlebar. In my case I wanted it below the
left hand handlebar.
The neat controls on the
4:The cable interface unit which links the
vacuum actuator to the throttle control so that the cruise
control can adjust the throttle opening.
The control unit mounted under the
There are quite a few cables that you have to route back to
the electronic control unit but these are quite long enough and
easily dealt with. The final result was neat and professional
and frankly looks and performs like original equipment.
The best part is how good the unit is to use. The three
control buttons are On/Off, Set/Accel, Resume/Decel – very much
the same as a car. Careful attention has been put on the safety
aspect of the device both in terms of design and
function. The cable interfaces unit is unique and is
designed to ensure reliable and smooth consistent operation.
Once the cruise control is on, you press the Set/Accel button
when you reach the desired speed and you can let go of the
throttle grip. You can adjust your speed to within 2 kph by
pressing the Accel or Decel buttons once the unit is engaged. I
use this in conjunction with my GPS to set my speed quite
accurately. If you grab either brake or the clutch the cruise
control is disabled. If you accelerate quickly with the cruise
control engaged, it will also disengage. In 15,000 km of use, I
have never not had full control when I expected it.
The bike holds it speed well even when fully loaded with a
pillion passenger and luggage going uphill. The FJR has plenty
of torque available in fifth to maintain speed without changing
down, this may not be the case with some lower powered bikes.
The only thing you have to be careful of is going down steep
hills where gravity is stronger than your engine braking.
Obviously the cruise control does not apply your brakes for you
to keep your speed constant. I use it all the time even around
town. It’s much easier to set it to 60 and relax than to
constantly have to keep your eye on the speedo.
At highway speeds (80 – 110) the unit holds its speed to
within about 5 kph. The 2006 FJR’s throttle response is rather
abrupt at the best of times, particularly at low speed. This
does impact the accuracy of the cruise control at 60 k’s but
this is clearly an issue with the bike.
If you tour on your bike, then I cannot think of any
accessory I would rather have. You are able to relax your grip
and enjoy the ride. This in addition to my Airhawk has
increased my comfort immeasurably, with 800-900 km’s a day now
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I have thought about this cruise control for the R1200GS
(yes they do make one for that model) for some time. But living
in SA has kept me from it. No way would I opt for self install
(not as handy as Evan) It sounds VERY good though!