How Does A Kaoko Throttle Lock Work And What Are The Benefits?

Kaoko: Smooth and Simple Throttle Stabilization

True comfort on a motorcycle comes in dozens of small ways, including a great seat, ideal riding position, a smooth engine, and aerodynamics that reduce wind blast and turbulence. And comfort at the end of a long day is usually the result of all these plus the ability to move around on the motorcycle, find new ways to get comfortable and prevent kinks and cramping.

Add one more for owners of bikes with cruise control: The ability to let the bike “do its thing” while you relax your right hand. Unfortunately, cruise is not (yet) a universal option.

That’s where the Kaoko Throttle Stabilizer comes in. This elegantly engineered but ultimately simple device holds the throttle in place for effective cruise control, especially on flat ground. The effect is enough to let you roll down the highway and give yourself a break. Imagine leaning back for a few miles, relaxing your right hand, and start to think that last 100 miles won’t be hard at all.

Holding speed on the highway is great, but the Kaoko is useful in another way. By adding a slight amount of friction to the throttle sleeve, you can smooth out bikes with inherently touchy throttle response, which is particularly useful over rough terrain. You’ve experienced this before, probably; a bumpy road causes arm and hand movement, which the bike interprets as a request for more speed. So it accelerates. You compensate by rolling off, causing your passenger’s helmet to bang into yours or your riding friends to wonder if you’ve suddenly forgotten how to pilot your machine. The Kaoko can help.

A key component of the Kaoko design is how the mechanism adjusts friction on the throttle sleeve. It’s designed to tighten only when you’re rolling on the throttle, which means that any time you need to decelerate, the Kaoko loosens its grip. This is an important safety feature lacking in many kinds of throttle locks.

How To Install A Kaoko Throttle Lock

The Kaoko’s operation is simple and so is installation. (There’s a quick tutorial in the video above.) Designed to replace the right-side bar-end weight and tailored for every one of the many applications we carry, the Kaoko uses the stock hardware inside the handlebar for those installations with a threaded fitting. For bikes with expander-type bar-end weights, the Kaoko uses a precision expanding sleeve to replace those parts. And for bikes with hand guards, we carry specific versions to work with either the original-equipment pieces as well as some aftermarket guards.

With 200 applications and growing, there’s a good chance your bike is covered. For around $150, adding some stability to your throttle and long-distance comfort is more than a good deal. Click here to shop all Kaoko products.

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is there a Kaoko that will fit my 2016 DR650 that has Renthal bars with barkbuster hand guards/ with barkbuster bar weights ??


One word – Agreed! I have a Kaoko on my ’09 F650GS twin and use it on almost every 1+ hour ride through the countryside.

Pam Castro

I’m experiencing back pain on my throttle side when riding my Honda Forza 300. I did not have this problem with my previous scooter, PCX150. I recently went on a ride that was 3 hours each way and by the time I reached home my back was very painful. Someone suggested a throttle lock so that I’m not so tense with my throttle hand. Have you seen this issue before and do you think it is a good solution?

Erich P

What kind of miles were you putting on your scooter over 3 hours? The throttle locks are beneficial on highways and long stretches of similar terrain. On a scooter, if you’re riding around a city, you probably wouldn’t see the benefit. Back pain can be caused by a lot of things, but it’s hard to pinpoint. It could be the height or width of the bars, the seat, your feet position, etc.