Mounting a Vista Cruise on an FJR1300
This page shows how I mounted a Vista Cruise throttle lock on my 2003
Yamaha FJR1300. The model I bought is a generic one for Yamahas, as shown
in the photo below. The FJR uses a dual cable BTW.
I'm trying this modification to aleviate a problem I only seem to have on
the FJR -- namely, my right wrist gets numb and I get a pain in my forearm
after 200 or 300 miles. None of my other bikes cause this problem.
I tried the two small metal brackets provided in the kit, but neither
seemed to work. I also tried simply using nylon cable-ties, but couldn't
get a solid fit. So I decided to drill the Vista Cruise, and put a
matching hole in the throttle housing. The hole I drilled is shown by the
red arrow. I counter-sank it so it wouldn't protrude and interfere with
the wires from my heated grip. I used a small screw from my junk parts
The back of the Vista Cruise has this little lip, which prevented the Vista
Cruise from fitting close to the throttle housing, so I removed it.
Here's what it looked like after I filed it flat.
This side doesn't show, so I didn't worry about making it pretty.
I temporarily mounted the Vista Cruise so I could use the hole to mark
where the matching hole needed to go in the throttle housing. The red
arrow shows where I drilled the hole. In this location it doesn't
interfere with the throttle cables.
Here's how it looks when mounted. The Gel Grips I use had too large a
"hilt", which rubbed against the Vista Cruise and prevented the throttle
from closing. There was also a piece of thin black plastic to reduce
friction between the rubber grip and the throttle housing. It was too
large too, so I cut it off with an Xacto knife, and used the smaller,
thinner one provide with the Vista Cruise. I cut down the rubber
hilt of the throttle grip with a pair of scissors.
this is not the way to do it. :-) .
It's hideous, and I've got to figure out how to fix
it -- probably by buying another brand of grips with a smaller hilt.
The big yellowish T-shaped thing is the "key" provided to adjust the
Vista Cruise so the throttle turns freely when unlocked, and locks in place
when the thumb gizmo is depressed.
Here's what it looks like when "locked" with the throttle wide open.
You can see the mounting screw I added, with the 3 wires from the heated
grip immediately to its right
It works very well, and holds the throttle setting just where I leave it.
However, a fixed setting like you get with the Vista-Cruise isn't as good
as a true "cruise control" which can maintain a constant speed in spite of
hills, wind, etc.
There is a disadvantage in the way I mounted it which wasn't apparent until
I first tried to start the bike, which you can kinda see from the above
photo. My thumb won't reach the starter button
when I'm gripping the throttle. I thought this would be a serious problem,
but I've quickly gotten used to using my left hand, or leaving my hand off
the throttle when I start it.
On 1/2/03 Ed Kruskamp wrote:
In your instructions you mentioned that you had to cut the grip hilt back
using scissors. I ran into the same issue with my factory grips and I came
up with a method that made the grip look nearly normal when I was done.
First I used a very sharp medical scalpel to trim about 1/8" of material
around the grip's hilt. While this worked pretty slick, it did look "cut". I
then powered up my Dremel mototool using the cylindrical composite grinding
head (made for metal) and went at it.
The tool acts like a burnisher and
"rubs" the knife marks off and leaves the rubber looking dull, which
matches the finish of the uncut grip. This allowed me to get rid of the cut
marks and any other "uglies" without too much work.
Warchild's "The Endurance Rider's Classic Configuration": BMW Sport Grips, Top Gun Bar End Weights, Vista Cruise
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