If you’ve ever rode a motorcycle that has cruise control, then you are probably already aware of the convenience and comfort this feature brings to the table. If not, let me tell you, it makes a HUGE difference when riding longer distances. The first time I had the option to use cruise control was on my 2019 Indian Darkhorse. The handle bars on this bike hang high and after about 20 minutes of riding, I always needed to let some blood flow back in to my hands. So having the option to hit the cruise control and let my right arm down for a bit was a game changer and allowed me to ride longer distances without having to stop.
After I got rid of the Indian, my new bike was missing this feature (and so was I). Luckily Atlas has designed a system that brings you the convenience of a cruise control without the hassle of a difficult installation and assembly.
- 2 M3 Bolts with thread locker
- 3 sizes of friction pads (2 of each)
- Alcohol Prep Pad
- Friction Pads
- Allen Key (2mm)
- Installation Instructions
Design & Installation
Now, I should mention that the throttle lock is more of a “hack” and not a real cruise control that adjust the throttle to keep the exact speed. It simply locks the throttle grip in place using friction to allow you to remove your hand from the throttle and keep a relative speed. If you are on a flat stretch of road, you wouldn’t know the difference. The only time the speed fluctuates is when there is a change in terrain/elevation where (depending on your bike) it could decrease or increase the speed by as much as 5mph.
The design of the Atlas is simple and gets the job done. Made of hardened stainless steel, the simple design allows for easy and quick installation with a minimal look that tucks away nicely without looking like an eye sore.
For the installation, you’ll want to first slide the assembly in the proper place to gauge what size friction pad to use. The friction pad should slide in and out easily. If you use too thick of a pad there will be too much friction and wont allow for an easy rotation of the throttle when not locked. Too thin of a pad won’t work either. So find the right size that works for your bike. Once you stick the friction pad on the assembly, you simply slide the Atlas lock in place on the throttle bar, crank it down tightly by hand, then screw it in the rest of the way.
Its sleek design has two buttons that engage the throttle lock and releases it. The button to engage utilizes the friction pad to increase the pressure between the throttle and the base of the handle bar to lock it in place. The other button releases the pressure so it can go back to a normal and fluid rotation. While the throttle lock is engaged, you can still adjust the throttle to get the speed you want by simply rotating it (with a slight amount of pressure that holds the grip in place after you remove your hand).
The ATLAS Throttle Lock was designed to be used with friction pads. Friction pads can last anywhere from 3,000 miles to 40,000+ miles. The wear depends on how often you rotate the throttle while it is engaged and if your throttle housing has sharp edges that rub on the friction pad. If you need replacement friction pads, you can buy more here: Friction Pads.
At first, it took a little getting used to. But after a few micro-adjustments of the position, I found the right placement, and the ATLAS Throttle Lock became much easier and convenient to use. Overall, the reliability is great, and it has definitely been handy on the longer rides.
For longer rides, I feel like this is a must have accessory that get’s the job done (without having to do hardly any work). So, for easy installation, convenience, comfort, and reliability… $135 isn’t so bad.
- Easy Installation
- Simple Design
- Not a true "Cruise Control" (but you already knew that)