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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Cruise Control Issue

I just got a new (new to me) 2012 Vulcan Voyager today and I'm super excited. The bike rides like a dream! My only issue is with the cruise control. I've emailed the previous owner and haven't heard back yet so I figured I'd give my question a shot in here.

I took the bike out on the open highway for a bit today. I was doing about 70 and tried to set the cruise control it but it wouldn't take. The Cruise button was pressed-in and the light came on in the dashboard but when I tried to set a speed it wouldn't take. No matter how many times I pushed on the Set lever it wouldn't engage. Any ideas?
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The usual culprit is the micro-switch on the rear brake pedal. A little WD40 and a clean of that switch is often enough, sometimes adjustment is required. There are other micro switches on the throttle, and the clutch and brake levers, and there is a diagnostic routine outlined from page 692 in the workshop manual to go through to accurately identify the issue.
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Just went and took a look. The switch for the rear brake seems to be just fine. Plenty of pressure on it when the brake is not in use. However, the switch on the front brake lever seems VERY sensitive. Like barely any pressure and I hear it click. I wonder if the highway speeds are just enough to push it back and disengage the switch?
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There are two switches... Make sure you're not confusing the one for the brake lights with the one for the Cruise? Otherwise, maybe you should do that diagnostic thing to confirm where the fault actually is.

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There are two switches... Make sure you're not confusing the one for the brake lights with the one for the Cruise? Otherwise, maybe you should do that diagnostic thing to confirm where the fault actually is.
Can you please be a bit more specific? The manual you sent me the link to does not have a page 692 in it. All of the pages are organized by sections, not page numbers. Sorry, I can't send PMs yet. My account is too new.
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If you open it up with adobe the page numbers are at the very top in the adobe program. Ignore the section numbers etc and look for the pages in the very top bar their are over 700 pages. Good luck.
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If you open it up with adobe the page numbers are at the very top in the adobe program. Ignore the section numbers etc and look for the pages in the very top bar their are over 700 pages. Good luck.
Got it. I ran through the diagnostic and it says it's the clutch switch. I'm not sure if there is an adjustment for that or if I need to buy a new switch?
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I had the same problem. Found the clutch switch to be the issue. All I have done at this point is push the clutch lever forward after shifting and away the cruise goes. Will have to look into replacing the switch some day
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I had this issue with my Vaquero, but I had a get back whip on the brake lever. It was enough movement that it would engage the lever. I am looking at adjusting the lever.
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Turns out it wasn't a switch issue at all. It was nothing more than a bushing in the clutch handle that had just worn out, causing enough wiggle in to disengage the switch.
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