Personally I can not tell the difference between the electronic throttle and the traditional cables. Will keep everyone up to date as time goes on and let you know of any problems. The only difficulty with ETC is the dealer can not put ape hangers on the bike yet because HD has not released the extension cables for the bigger bars. Apes are a necessity for me or I get back problems leaning over. The cruise control on the Road King is as smooth as silk with ETC, but I have not ridden a Road King with cruise control turned on and traditional cables. I am also trying HD's synthetic oil for the first time. I bought the extended warranty, so my startegy is to do the 5000 mile scheduled maintainence with syn oil and HD can fix any problems. Their warranty coverage is so good, I am not worried about being stranded somewhere. Had to ride the bike in the rain with heavy winds today and boy that bike is so solid. The wind was buffeting me but the bike never budged.