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Aprilia Caponord VistaCruise Throttle Lock Installation

Ask anyone, they'll tell you--I'm tired. My thumb gets tired. My hand gets a little numb sometimes. My right eye itches. My left hand itches. There's lots of reasons to want to take your hand off the throttle for a moment, and a throttle lock lets you do it.

Throttle lock

The Vista Cruise throttle lock has been around for a while. They make two models, the Vista Cruise, and the Vista Cruise Universal. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I've used the Univeral on several bikes. It consists of a bracket that firmly attaches to the handlebars, an arm to connect the bracket to the lock, and a ring around the throttle. The lock is a small thumb lever; flick it down, and it tightens the ring around the throttle, holding it in place. Flick it up again, throttle spins freely. Easy and useful.

Installation's pretty straightforward. The clamp around the handlebars is sized for 7/8 inch bars, but the Caponord bars are 1 inch. The two halves of the clamp have marks to indicate where 1 inch is, so I used a Dremel tool to remove enough plastic that it would clamp on my handlebars.

I also needed to make room for the clamp between the right side controls pod and the brake pod and master cylinder. To do this, I loosened the brake pod and slid it about 1/2 inch towards the gas tank. I noticed that there was an alignment punch mark on the handlebars so that the brake pod is properly leveled. The seam between the two halves of the brake pod clamp should be aligned with the punch mark.

Alignment mark

Hey, remember, we're all buddies, right? I'm telling you what I did to my bike, you're telling me what you did to yours. If you mess up yourself or your bike, well, I'm sorry, but I wasn't twisting your arm. Of course, Aprilia has trademarked their name and logo, and they don't know me from Adam.

Feel free to contact me: todd at caporider dot com You can always go home again