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Cruise Control Almost Killed Me

I had a very harrowing experience a few days ago and am posting to ask if anyone else has ever encountered the same thing and, if so, what to do to ensure it doesn't happen again.

I was riding along on an interstate highway and set the cruise control on my 2007 Ultra Classic to maintain my 70 MPH speed. Occasionally I had to tap the breaks when traffic warranted a slower speed and then hit the 'resume' button when it cleared. At one point as I was approaching a section with an on ramp to my right that had 3 vehicles on it entering the roadway ahead of me. I knew they weren't going to be going at the same rate of speed that I was when they entered the roadway so I looked to my left in the hopes of moving into the left lane. It was filled with traffic so that option was out. I applied the front and rear brakes to slow down and disengage the cruise control but to my alarm the bike just kept going at 70 and wouldn't slow down. I released the brakes and applied them again with the same result. Knowing that pulling in the clutch lever should also disengage it I did so but as soon as I did the engine just raced and the cruise control indicator light stayed green. At this point I hit the engine kill switch holding the clutch in and hit the brakes as hard as I could without locking the wheels up. Fortunately for me the 3 vehicles now dangerously right in front of me saw that I wasn't slowing and moved to the shoulder so I didn't hit them. I eventually moved to the shoulder as well and stopped. I turned off the cruise control rocker switch on the "dashboard", turned the kill switch back on and restarted the bike. I made it home safely but am very concerned now about using the cruise control again.

Anybody out there ever have a similar issue? I love using cruise control but not enough to let it kill me.

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Damn, glad you were able to slow. Thanks for sharing. My CC is a bit too far inward for me to comfortably use so I rarely use it, might be even less infrequent now!
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Did you have to clean out your drawers?

Glad it worked out relatively harmlessly, but I can't help you.

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Never had an issue with the CC, and I need it for long trips as my hands tend to cramp after a while. Good save and quick thinking. Got to keep that one in mind just in case.

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I usually tap the brakes and shut mine off early. I am going to have to change that to always.
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Easy to just roll OFF throttle to disengage.
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Originally Posted by harvey13118 View Post
Easy to just roll OFF throttle to disengage.
Will that work with throttle by wire ?
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Never liked the CC on any bike. Even going back to the tension screw.

Yes, it can be a hand, wrist saver.
But potentially not a life saver.

All I have ever used, will continue to use is a throttle boss.
But that`s just me.....

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Originally Posted by CarlosGGodfrog View Post
Will that work with throttle by wire ?
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Originally Posted by harvey13118 View Post
Easy to just roll OFF throttle to disengage.
Originally Posted by CarlosGGodfrog View Post
Will that work with throttle by wire ?
Originally Posted by Wrgiacona View Post
Then again, all of the other things that were supposed to work didn't so...

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