Tiger 1200 Explorer - Cruise Control
I have received many emails asking how well cruise control works on my Explorer. Personally I love Cruise Control works, it is one of my favourite factory extras. I had been using CC
daily for 12 years in a car which helps a lot. There is an on/off button and a cruise light in the instruments. Switching on cruise requires a long stretch with the right thump. It is awkward
but awkwardness is essential to avoid accidental activation. Cruise is disengaged by using the clutch, either brake or more importantly rolling the throttle forward past normal closed
position (A new riding technique which takes time to perfect).
CC takes a while to get used to on a bike. At least 500 miles of mixed riding. I can accelerate in CC and if I release the throttle within 60 secs the bike slows back to cruising speed. I can
nudge the + and - button to vary CC speed 1 mph at a time.
CC is an absolute licence saver. I can ride at 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 mph past cameras with no fear of getting caught speeding.
CC means I can ignore a car or van sitting on my numberplate in heavy traffic, no chance of subconsciously speeding up and getting caught. Most Drivers do drop back when they realise
you are holding a steady speed which is impossible on most bikes. Cambridgeshire Police cars will try and rub the dust of your numberplate, especially in the dark, to force you to
accelerate and break the speed limit. Cambridgeshire Police also use unmarked cars and bikes (Fireblades) who overtake on the inside and generally drive irresponsibly to goad you
into speeding (Yes they really do, Moan over).
CC enables me to ignore cop cars on the motorway following at a distance, I can just relax
CC enables me to regularly take my right hand off the bars and relax my muscles. On long motorway trips this is fantastic.
CC enables me to take both hands off the bars to adjust my gloves/cuffs, plug in my headphones, find my camel back drinking pipe and all the other little things that really annoy you when
you have just joined a motorway with a full tank of fuel. Again fantastic. My Explorer steers straight no handed up to 85 mph (Never tried it at higher speed)
CC enabled my mate Paul and I to relieve some of the boredom on our Turkey trip. Ride with both arms extended out to cool down in 38 degrees (My suit Triumph Adventure suit has
under arm vents). Left arm out makes the Explorer veer slightly to the right and visa versa, weird or what, (Must read up on centre of pressure). Good fun on empty Greek motorways.
CC enables me to overtake other bikes on the motorway resting my right hand on my right knee. WTF!
CC means my biking mates like to follow me on camera infested roads
CC will catch you out every now and then, not a problem for an experienced rider e.g letting go the throttle or very gently applying the front brake when slowly catching up with a car has no
effect so CC stays on. Slightly unnerving which is why CC takes time to learn.
Some people hate CC in a car and they will like it even less on a bike.
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