❏ Whether you love them or hate
them, thumb throttles are what come
standard on every ATV sold. We like
them, but do find times when our
thumb gets sore out on the trails
and can use a rest. The only options
we have tried in recent years are
the standard motorcycle twist throttle
and a couple versions that are all in
one and allow you to use the thumb
throttle or twist grip.
Enter the DXTrigger. This is a lever
mechanism that works by operating
your stock thumb throttle remotely
with a finger-operated lever. For
now, the DXTrigger is only available
for Honda sport and utility ATVs from
1997 until 2014. With the only exception being 2006 and newer, 450R’s.
More model and brand options are
in the works.
The half-inch-thick composite
mechanism installs very quickly. All
you do is remove the three Phillips
screws on the top of the stock throttle,
remove the cap, place the DXTrigger
on and replace your throttle cap. On
the Honda Rincon we used, it took
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It works by slipping
a thin piece of metal
behind the stick lever
that connects to the
cable inside your
throttle housing. There
is no need for new
cables. With the front
brake lever raised a
bit you never come in
contact with it.
We found the best way to operate the DXTrigger is by moving your hand to the outside of the handlebar and wrapping one or two fingers around the end of the lever.
The DXTrigger is a simple add-on that
can elevate hours of pain on a long ride.
At $124, plus $15 shipping to anywhere in
the country. Call them at (385)209-1455
under five minutes, and the only modification we made was loosening the
tie wraps on the cables and electrical
wires that run down the side of the
handlebar. You don’t need any additional cables, and new longer screws
are included in the kit.
When you install the DXTrigger,
you will see how it works. A thin piece
of steel slips behind the stock enclosed
throttle arm, then when you pull the
trigger, it moves the arm and cable
just like Honda intended.
The builder of the product did a
great job coming up with a lever
bend and placement that doesn’t
make using it any more lazy or
aggressive as using the stock thumb
lever. We found it was best to slide
our hand to the outer portion of the
bar, then wrap one or two fingers
around the lever and take off. That
way the thumb lever, which still
moves, wouldn’t hit our thumb if it
ever reached full throttle.
For only $124, plus $15 shipping and
handling, the DXTrigger is a perfect
option for Honda ATV owners who
spend a lot of time in the saddle and
have experienced sore-thumb syndrome. It’s also a good back up in
case your stock throttle lever breaks or
falls off. Other brand machines may
need this even more than the Honda.
You can buy it at www.dxtrigger.com,
or just check the site to see when new
products are available. ❏
Give your thumb
By the staff of Dirt Wheels