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i stumbled across one of these on the net

http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=422

and they seem like an ok unit for the price. i went a googling for the manual and you need to know how many pulses per mile is sent from the Vehicle Speed Sensor. The 300 has one of these VSS but i have no idea what the rate is of PPM pulses per mile. this unit can be set to 2000, 4000 , 5000 , 8000 PPM

anyone have any knowledge on this and like to share?
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As a whole I do agree with Bryce. There are very rare occasions when I think it would be appropriate to use cruise control on a motorcycle...VERY RARE.

Something else for you to consider when contemplating this decision....cruise control on wet surfaces. It is simply put DANGEROUS to operate using a cruise control when you have wet patches on the road. This is especially true if your speed sensor functions off the front wheel as in that case, when your rear tire encounters a slippery surface your engine can begin to race wildly as it tries to get your speed you and your bike up, and when you pass beyond that wet spot you can literally get thrown off your bike when that rear tire grabs traction again.

Not to mention the other issues that can be thought of with this feature...hence the reason MOST bikes do not come equipped.
 

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I didn't buy a motorcycle for travel to be made "easy."

I have my SUV if I want cruise control. Other than that, I'm much rather have FULL control over my bike while riding it.
 

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Everyone will have different opinions i'm sure, I have seen bikes with them added. I just worry about the safety factor more than anything. At what point does safety become less of a priority to easy? We all know that the wrist can take a beating on long trip, but i'd rather have a hurt wrist than a malfunctioning product that could kill me :p
 

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If your some pilgrim planning on punching cruise control on the twisties, in the wet, in traffic bla bla bla bla bla dont fit one

now more info on the speed sensors, very interested if this unit is compatible, would be a life saver while traveling for hours down long ass freeways riding somewhere worth riding and not to mention not getting done by speed camera for accidentally creeping up a couple k,s , may be worth emailing Kawasaki
 

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I say if you want cruise control get a gold wing

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^lol I think cruise control ruins the fun of the ride. Something that would be nice is reverse haha


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I dono bout your freeways but down here in Aus there dead straight and freakin endless, dont tell me you dont get over it lol, Plus we have fixed cameras and point to point cameras on most freeways, not to mention highway patrol


I say if you want cruise control get a gold wing

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girls would be lining up for rides!!!
 

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No idea, but cruise control on a bike sounds like a terrible idea. Sounds dangerous.
people who have never owned a bike with electronic cruise control have always said said.

i have no doubt people would say the same thing hundreds of years ago when they built boats and wanted to go sailing it was a bad idea cos the world was flat at they would sail off the end of the earth.


i assure its not a bad idea at all.i fitted an mc cruise unit to my 2000 model vfr800 about 13 years ago, and did over 60,000 kilometers with it and nothing bad ever happened with it.

heres the unit now days for the vfr800
http://www.mccruise.com/collections/honda/products/17

here you can see the cruise i fitted to my vfr800


infact, feel free to look at the rest of the photos of my vfr800 i went nuts with and then rode it 17,922 kilometers round australia with

http://www.bikepics.com/members/dezrae/00vfr800/

the mc cruise control is a magic bit of kit, so too is the electronic cruise factory fitted on BMW/Honda and just about any other motorcycle manufacturers bikes.

the mc cruise unit will disconnect if the clutch is pulled, either brake is touched or turned off on the thumb controller.

the best thing about an electronic cruise it is just like a car/truck/bus cruise and keeps you at a constant speed no matter the road conditions like up hill/down hill/ wind etc and it does a great job of it too.


i suggest you go buy a motorcycle with a electronic cruise already fitted and do a few thousand kilometers on it on the highway and i have no doubt you will very quickly change your mind about these devices.
 

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I say if you want cruise control get a gold wing
hahahahahhaaa

thanks for the laugh, im stunned so many of you have such narrow vision about what you ride


you guys do realise that the cruise control has an on/off switch just like a car.

any one have a modern car with cruise control fitted?? see how easy it is to turn on/off?? guess what its the same on a motorcycle.
 

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^lol I think cruise control ruins the fun of the ride. Something that would be nice is reverse haha
hhahahahaaa

thanks for the laugh.
sory it doesnt ruin the ride at all, it adds to the pleasure as you can sit back relax and enjoy your riding, especially when doing long rides in saddle and no im not talking about only a few hundred kilometres as a long ride either.and believe it or not, cos your travelling the same speed, you will actually save fuel and your wrist

electronic cruise control is a magic invention, and until you have owned a bike with one fitted, you will never understand
 

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Many purpose built touring bikes have a cruise control system. While it sounds scary to use cruise control on a motorcycle, you have to understand where it is useful and where it is not. It's not meant to be used for in town commuting or high performance riding in the canyons. Where it is a useful feature is on long road road trips when the rider has miles of open road to cover with minimal cross traffic. Make a 600 mile trip across three states and you'll wish for such a feature. Most riders only get to stretch their clutch hand on these types of rides. Those with cruise control can rest the throttle hand, or both at the same time for short periods.

For the rest of us, there is a nifty product called The Crampbuster. It allows the rider to maintain a steady cruise throttle with the heel of the palm. This reduces fatigue and minimizes the amount of grip require by the right hand.
 

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lol i was just trying to make a joke. i've no opinion on cruise control on a bike whatsoever, being so new as to still be learning, and thus feel i'm not qualified to comment.

however, i do know gold wings come loaded for bear and cover just about every base. i mean come on, it even has a reverse gear! lol
 

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my opinion is this is not a touring bike, if I wanted that function I would not a sport bike I would get a gold wing.. I am a commuter and distance rider this doesn't interest me only because this is a sport bike.. Just my thoughts though...
 

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i have no interest in owning a gold wing, and i have already owned a bmw k1200LTse, i owned this for a number of years, bought it 2nd hand




im not interested in owning bikes over 300 kilo or 200 kilo any more, i will be keeping my ninja 300 for at least 5 years.it will quite comfortably cruise all day at our designated speed limits on our highways of 100kmph and seeing though i already know the benefits of an electronic cruise control or even a throttle lock no matter how big the bike is.
 

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The 300 has one of these VSS but i have no idea what the rate is of PPM pulses per mile. this unit can be set to 2000, 4000 , 5000 , 8000 PPM

anyone have any knowledge on this and like to share?
thanks
well i got in touch with Kawasaki Australia, and asked them the same question and here is their reply
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Dear ************,

Thank you for contacting Kawasaki Motors with your enquiry.

While our position as the official Australian distributor of Kawasaki products prohibits us from offering any advice on modification of our products away from “standard”, as you have also requested some specific information regarding the product itself, we can offer the following response:

Although the exact information you have requested is not available, we can advise that the speed sensor is located behind the front sprocket cover and sends the ECU 4 pulses per revolution of the front sprocket. If the distance the rear wheel travels relative to one full rotation of the front sprocket is measured, the required information can then be calculated.

If you require any further assistance, please contact your preferred authorised Kawasaki dealer as they are best suited to assist you. To locate you local authorised Kawasaki dealer please use our handy dealer locator function on our public website: www.Kawasaki.com.au

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I find it absolutely hilarious to hear people talk crap about cruise control, listening to music or riding a wheelie for that matter. If you dont have the confidence in YOUR riding abilities you have no reason to be on a bike in the first place. There is no difference in doing these things on a bike or in your car/truck/cage its all about confidence. I'm sure 99.99% of everyone here has texted while driving there car, even listened to the radio and texted at the same time in their car. Maybe even texted, had the radio on, in cruise control and put your make up on in your car. Probably even walked and chewed gum at the same time. But maybe not everyone has been on a 100+ mile ride and had your throttle hand get sore or cramp up, if so did you take it off the throttle??? If you have you would know that your bike slowed probably 10+ mph per second, is that not dangerous at freeway speeds? Sounds like a good way to be come someones who traveling the same speed or faster than you hood ornament. Some mods arent for everyone, but to say they are dangerous because you dont like it doesnt really make it dangerous. I've seen "oh these are sport bikes not touring bikes" I guess nobody is using them for a commuter we are all using them on the track. I'm sure there are lots of mods that are WAY more dangerous than cruise control, how about after market exhaust, **** you may be pulling up close to some little old lady and scare the **** out of her with with your loud exhaust and cause her to swerve right into you. Not trying to rant on and on, but things are not as DANGEROUS as some people make them out to be if you have confidence in yourself and your riding abilities.
 

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my opinion is this is not a touring bike, if I wanted that function I would not a sport bike I would get a gold wing.. I am a commuter and distance rider this doesn't interest me only because this is a sport bike.. Just my thoughts though...
thats cool , everyone has a different use for their bikes, i like this guy in Japan, he has a 1991 suzuki GSX250F across the same as me, and has done over 380,000 kilometres on it or 236121.05 miles, thats more then the distance from the earth to the moon and has been in a few japanese motorcycle books...

http://translate.googleusercontent....s.html&usg=ALkJrhjuyuzbUWfy21WJZPiiZnwqsimvMA


if he can do 380,000 kilometres on a 21 year old bike then i have no doubt with regular maintenance the ninja 300 will do the same if not more as well
 
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