Crampbuster CB1 test [Motorcycle Throttle Assist Device]


I still remember when I discovered my first Crampbuster hanging from a rack in a small motorcycle shop in Frazier Park, California. I had driven my Honda Shadow 700 for several hundred miles every Saturday, exploring as many twisty lines on AAA maps as I could locate. Hours and hours of twisting the throttle became more and more uncomfortable as the day progressed. I asked the guy working the counter if “this stuff works”. He answered something in the affirmative, so I bought it. That was 16 years ago, and the price is still only $10.95. When I learned that I was going to buy the Ultimate motorcycling Yamaha Ténéré 700 Project Bike from Los Angeles and riding it 1120 miles home, I knew I would want to have it on the bike the entire ride. I like the narrowest one-inch-wide Crampbuster CB1 unit because, if I need to, I can grab the throttle all the way with the Crampbuster clear of the far right.Crampbuster CB1 Test: Motorcycle Throttle Assist DeviceThe Yamaha Ténéré 700 comes standard with handguards that anchor to the end of the throttle. To mount the Crampbuster, I simply spread out the loop of the Crampbuster wide enough to slide it over the handle instead of over the end. The Crampbuster CB1 model fits perfectly on the original Yamaha Ténéré 700 grip. The Crampbuster holds firmly when you press on it with the heel of your hand. Useful, it will easily roll in the opposite direction, to be moved away or readjusted, as needed. My 2007 Yamaha Venture has cruise control, but I still have a Crampbuster on it. The Crampbuster is a twist throttle aid, and I use it all the time to reduce the amount of grip required on the throttle. It is especially useful when riding in a group that is not maintaining its speed, as wandering speeds are not compatible with cruise control.Crampbuster CB1 Test: Yamaha Ténéré 700 Project BikeHours of holding a hold unaided without Crampbuster is causing me numbness in my fingers and pain in my wrist. Talking to other riders, many like to roll it when approaching long, twisty sections. I just leave it in place and use it in turns the same way I use it when cruising or in traffic. I roll it away when I roll in the dirt. As I rode up the hill, I found myself at a gas pump next to another cyclist. We struck up a conversation about the Ténéré 700 and how much I liked it. Every farkle on my handlebars—dashcam, phone, and Garmin Montana 700i GPS with inReach—caught his eye, and he saw that I had the Crampbuster installed. He started telling me that he had an incident with a Crampbuster. I rudely interrupted him with, “And it snagged on your wrist, didn’t it?” It had happened to me when I first started using it, but I was never able to reproduce it. If it catches on your armband and you inadvertently step the throttle forward, pull your clutch until everything is settled. This has only happened to me once in 16 years.Crampbuster CB1 Review: For Sale, MSRP, PriceWhen I hike I carry a spare Crampbuster because I don’t want to be without it if mine gets lost or stolen. Twice I gave them to another rider who either lost his or complained to me that his throttle hand felt numb or sore. The Crampbuster CB1 is one of those devices I won’t ride without.


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