This DIY motorcycle cruise control can be installed on any model of bike and works safely and flawlessly. The best part is that it costs less than $10 to build this and takes only minutes to put it together and install.
In the model pictured above I used a 1 inch pipe hanger from Lowes, which cost me $2.68. You will need to measure your bars to determine exactly what size pipe clamp you will need. You will also note that the bolt I selected is a little longer than necessary which definitely makes this one a little less aesthetically pleasing. I will post a link to a much nicer take on this DIY motorcycle cruise control project later in this article.
So, here is the list of parts you need to make your own DIY motorcycle cruise control - feel free to alter it a bit to fit your own personal taste!
1 inch pipe hanger - $2.50 +- at Lowes ( find them in the plumbing section)
1 1/2 - 3 inch bolt that fits the threaded hole in the pipe hanger - $1.00 Lowes
2 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch screws with locknuts that fit through the 2 holes on the flanges in the pipe hanger - $2 at Lowes
Electrical tape - $2 Lowes
Here are the simple step by step instructions to put this DIY motorcycle cruise control together and get it operational on your own bike in minutes.
- Wrap the electrical tape around your throttle grip near the flange on the left side of the handle. 2 or 3 wraps should be sufficiently thick. Remember to only wrap in the single width of the tape as you don't want it hanging out from under it. The tape is just there to protect your bars.
- Assemble the pipe hanger with the threaded hole pointed towards the front of your bike and angled above the brake handle. Tighten the screws in the flanges sufficiently tight to clamp it to the handle, yet it should also be able to be moved by pressing your thumb against either of the flanges.
- Now screw the larger bolt you bought into the threaded hole in front of the pipe hanger. It should point above your brake handle.
Add a little locktite to each bolt or nut as we all know bikes tend to vibrate and even lock nuts do not always survive!
Now that you have it all assembled, lets test it out! Roll your throttle back and push the top flange on the pipe hanger forward till the bolt rests on the brake handle. When you release the throttle, the bolt should hold it in the position you rotated it to. If it doesn't you need to tighten your flange screws a little more. If it is too tight to rotate easily with your thumb, loosen the flange screws a little bit.
This is a very simple DIY motorcycle cruise control that functions on exactly the same principles as models that cost $50-$100. While the one pictured above was a crude first attempt, check out the link to this video of Wayne Dickenson's upgraded version. Note, you will have to be a member of our Facebook group to view the video.
Be sure to comment with pictures and videos of your own take on this mod! #xcixpercenter