MCCruise review – Cruise control for motorcycle

This is my review on MCCruise, one that I have installed on my V-Strom DL650.  It’s basically a repost ( with some info added ) from my original post here: http://www.stromtrooper.com/maintenance-tech-farkles/299089-review-mccruise-cruise-control-motorcycle.html

I’ll start with the fact that I am NOT affiliated in any way with MC Cruise.

Before getting to this farkle, I tried throttle lock(s), cramp busters, made my own throttle lock but nothing seemed to work for the long run.

When I got to Omni Cruise, I thought I finally hit the nail in the head and found my “cruise control” of my choice. I soon discovered some flaws:

  • that it had to be adjusted every now and then as it lost grip no matter how hard I would tighten the screw
  • I had to manually accelerate on hills as the bike will slow down
  • I had to decelerate going downhill and re adjust after
  • readjust it when you shifted position in the seat and the wind changes around you so I would either slow down or gain speed
  • also the desired speed was a pain to get and set it at that exact point

As you can see, this is not the best solution but I was pretty happy with it. Until I got MCCruise.

When I purchased my V-Strom, the MCCruise was already installed and it was one of the main selling point for me. I had a good look on their website prior to purchasing it and was going to get it on the new bike anyway.

It pretty much works like a car cruise control, accelerate to a point and press “SET” to set it. If you break or pull the clutch it disengages but remembers the old setting. All you have to do to get it back at that speed is press the “RES” (reset) button and will accelerate to the previous setting.

It will maintain that speed going up/down on the hills or regardless of wind conditions.

Once the speed is set up and you are cruising along, if you press the “ACC” / “DEC” button, it accelerates or decelerates by set amount. My bike is set to increment by 1 km/h but it can be setup to increment by 2 km/h or more.

The controls are illuminated and are clearly seen during the night. The colour is orange and is not bright. Also happen to be orange, just as my bike’s dash lights.
I can’t imagine my commute on the freeway or my long trips without this cruise control now. It’s by far the best farkle I have on my bike.

Some images that I took with my phone:

MCCruise lit
Lights on
MCCruise during the day
during the day

 

INNOVV C3 Camera Review

For my GS500 bike, I wanted to have a permanently dash cam mounted. One that is pointing towards the front, one that is pointing towards the rear of the bike. Below are my findings.

Background
I have owned 2 complete C3 cameras.
1 – 90 degree lens, recording unit capacitor.
2 – 120 degree lens, recording unit on battery.

My use for the camera
Used as a permanently mounted dash camera. I never took the footage off the camera unless a crash happened (was lucky, never had to).
Wanted the cameras to record for some period of time after the bike was turned off.

The 90 lens was pointing towards the front of the bike. Mounded under the headlight. Recording unit was under the seat.

The 120 lens was pointing towards the back of the bike. Mounted under the rear fairing. Recording unit was under the seat.

Rear camera

The cameras were linked together and had a switch on the dashboard to power them on.

Started with two camera, ended up with only one
From 2 units, managed to get 1 working and worked for few months until I sold the bike.

Problems

  • The 120 degree lens broke within a week.
    • Got on Skype and spoke with the company’s rep. I think it was the actual owner or similar as he was at home.
    • After an agonizing 2 hours of broken English between the two of us, the demo of what’s not working and what not, I managed to convince him to send me another lens with the condition that I send that one back.
    • I have sent the broken units back to the shop for debugging. Never heard from them again.
  • The second 120 degree lens that he sent, broke within two weeks.
    • It only recorded sound and the image was freezing after 1 minute of power on. After 2 more days, lens refused to work completely.
    • I’ve sent a couple of emails, none of which was answered.
    • Skype was never answered again.

  • Support – massive fail. Only on skype. Barely spoke eny English and for a simple problem, to show that is not working, took me around 2 hours. Second attempt after the second lens failed, failed completely. The shop refused to answer mails, Skype calls.
  • I had two recording units with one lens, the 90 one. Left it mounted on the front of the bike. Was actually afraid of moving or touching it as I was sure it will break.
  • One of the recording unit broke. The mini usb power inlet broke and dropped inside.
  • You have to be careful how you insert the mini SD card. You can lose it inside the unit and then struggle to get it out (happened to me 4 times).
    • Recording unit is very cheap made. VERY !
  • Recorder was doing a date/time reset whenever it felt like it. Was so unreliable I decided to take it off completely.
  • The packages delivered had incomplete and inconsistent contents. One was missing bits and the other had some weird things in it.
    • Only one was actually complete.
  • If you put a text stamp that is longer than 8 characters (if I remember correctly) long, the time stamp will not work and will actually cut into the text.
  • Recorded video was poor, loosing frames and the recording was played back as if seen through a drunk person’s eyes. Very weird
  • Poor battery life.
    • After the power to the unit went off, the batter hold the camera on for about 10 seconds. Never had the damn thing working to record whilst I was away from the bike.
  • Recording when bike was moved feature failed completely.
    • Unit was working when the bike was moved indeed. It recorded for few seconds then shut down for 1 minute. Woke up and the cycle starts again.
  • From 2 complete units, within 1 month I had only 1 working unit

My conclusion
Will not be purchasing any camera from them ever again. Would have been much better spending $200 somewhere else for a quality product.