Kaoko Throttle Lock For
This is a guest review from Vic Fkiaras,
Publisher and Editor of Netrider. Vic has done a great job on
this and given some great feedback about this product. If
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Vic says: [XMLLINK0000000010]
I went from a Honda SP1 (wrist, back, shoulder breaker) to a
Honda Firestorm (wrist & collar bone breaker, but that’s
another story) to a BMW K1200R.
I opted for the K1200R purely because it was odd looking and
not everyone has one. The decision was made a great deal easier
thanks to it’s more upright riding position. The fact that it’s
a Bavarian helps a great deal too. The wife says “the only
thing that’s good about it, is the BMW badge”, then again, what
would she know, right??
The bike is brilliant in every possible way, from the
amazing brakes to its phenomenal acceleration.
It lacked one thing though. The ability to ride along and
relax your right hand. The ability to take your right hand off
the throttle to rest it, fiddle around with a zip or for those
that are inclined, have a cigarette.
So being the geek that I am, I surfed the web and read and
read and read reviews of different throttle locks and cruise
Electronic cruise controls are definitely the way to go if
you have a lazy 800 odd dollars. However, having just spent the
money I did on the bike, the finance department (aka wife) was
not forth coming with an additional $800.
So I ended up deciding to get the “pauper pack” if you like.
A friction throttle lock.
I ended up purchasing the Kaoko brand throttle lock due to
the amount of positive reviews from those overseas and some
At $130 it’s a pretty cheap investment.
Once the item arrived I took it straight out of the bike and
proceeded to fit the throttle lock.
Luckily for me I have one of those 345 million piece
socket/bit/drill/torx kits. In that kit was a #45 Torx bit that
I needed to get the screw securing the current bar end weight
off. No torx bit and the original end weight stays there.
Once I had the old end weight off, I simply threaded the screw
through the new end weight/throttle lock and proceeded to
secure it to the bar.
All up the process took less than 5 minutes.
The Kaoko throttle lock has a grub screw that is used to
adjust the friction wheel as it wears with age.
So what’s it like to use?
The manufacturer claims that it can be operated with your
Well, that is sort of true.
Whilst you can rotate it with your “little pinkie” it’s not
going to happen when, if you are like me, lock it in the off
position so it’s nice and tight with no chance of it rolling on
I get up to the speed I wish to cruise at, let the throttle
go, unlock the throttle lock and wind it on so it makes the
grip feel nice and tight. Once unlocked, you can roll it on
with your little pinkie till it “engages”.
Once it has engaged, you can release the grip and you don’t
shut the throttle off. You can now work on getting it in the
right position so that it enables you to release the grip and
have a stretch.
This is the first bike that I have fitted one of these to
and it’s not an easy thing to get right. The slightest movement
of the grip either “rolls the throttle on” or “rolls the
throttle off”. It is really hard to get it where you are just
cruising. But once you get it right it’s a dream to use.
You can sit very upright, stretch, scratch your bum or do
anything that you like knowing full well that your bike will
just keep going at a constant speed.
If you need to turn it off, simply roll the throttle off or
just unwind the throttle lock to disengage.
Simple, have I mentioned that fact?
I’ve attached some photos to show you the ease at which this
item is fitted.
The first shot shows the old end weight.
Second shot is the old end weight removed
showing the screw.
Third shot is the Kaoko and it’s allen key
ready and awaiting fitment.
Fourth shot is the new throttle lock about to
Fifth shot is the throttle lock fitted and
the allen key in the grub screw.
Once again (and I can’t say it enough) it’s pretty simple to
fit. Pretty cheap to buy and pretty damn good at what it’s
intended role is.
The kaoko is available from many and various online stores.
I won’t mention who I bought it from.
Hope this helps in making up your mind in purchasing one of
these brilliant simple products.
NOTE: This product is similar in action to another throttle
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