Manic Salamander Smooth City Throttle Lock
October 01, 2013
Easy to Install And Use
MSRP: Varies; see website
Scott "Bones" Williams: I’ve tried several mechanical throttle locks looking for one that does three specific things: deploys simply, holds the throttle in place without slipping and disengages simply. The Smooth City throttle lock from Manic Salamander did all three.
I tested the Classic Blackout version on my friend Bob’s Aprilia Tuono. The kit included bike-specific steel-mounting hardware and a matching bar-end weight for the left side. The components were very nicely machined, and the wrinkled matte finish looked top-shelf.
Installation took about 10 minutes. (Even the mechanically challenged should be done in 20.) We removed Allen screws on the stock bar ends and removed the stock mounts, and then swapped in Manic Salamander parts. The throttle lock side required some adjusting with supplied shims.
The directions did not indicate any set dimensions, such as shimming so many thousandths, so we simply tried one shim and then another until it felt right. It’s worth noting that what seemed like the right setting in the garage wasn’t quite right on the road, so you’ll want to take a local road test to confirm that your adjustment is satisfactory.
Once the Smooth City throttle lock was installed and adjusted, there were two options: on and off. Simple is good.
To engage the throttle lock, I simply slid my hand out toward the bar end, held the throttle in position with my first finger, then used my last two fingers to rotate the throttle lock section toward me (counter clockwise). Spring tension locked it in place.
To release, I just rolled off the throttle. It was intuitive, and I got the hang of it quickly, although I tried it over and over, extending my ride on Bob’s Aprilia (in the interest of science, of course!).
One quality Bob really liked about the Smooth City throttle lock was that it didn’t look like anything had been added onto the bike.
“There are no levers or thumb wheels or friction rings, nothing that gives you an impression of an afterthought,” he observed. “It just looks like a nice set of bar weights, and when the need arises, it’s there.”