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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-06-2003, 01:56 AM
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thumb throttle vs twist

Do any 50's or 80-90's have twist throttles? I have only used one on jet skis and to me I can't seeem to hang on when my thumb is on the lever vesus around the grip. (Only when slowing down not accelerating). Also I read that the lever type is tough on the thumb. Man, do I sound like a wimp or what?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-06-2003, 03:08 AM
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Re: thumb throttle vs twist


Your thumb will get use to being used in that way. When we first got our ATV's (only thumb levers) our thumbs killed us, but now they are stronger.

So, NO, you don't sound like a wimp, LOL

post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-07-2003, 06:09 PM
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Re: thumb throttle vs twist

I dont know of any stock atvs that have twist throttle but if you prfer the twist just switch one on to it. [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2003, 06:13 AM
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Re: thumb throttle vs twist

I understand your frustration. I have owned 6 sport bikes and was very used to a twist throttle. When I got my 400ex, I hated the thumb throttle, but like they said, you get used to it. As for youth ATVs not having a twsit throttle, or adult ATVs for that matter, there are good reasons as to why. Go to the ATVSOURCE forum, and do a search.

If you want to relieve some of the pressure, you can try a throttle extender, or like I did on my son's mini Kasea, remove the oil injection and switch to pre-mix. Right now you are working two throttle cables (springs). One in the carb, and the other the oil pump. By removing the oil injection, you will cut the tension in half. My son's mini 50's throttle was stiffer than my 400ex with the oil injection. He is 5-1/2 and can ride it all day now.

Tony P.
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