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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