About the Butler Extreme Mug Holder

Mike and Rita Vine own and operate Glassact, manufacturer of the Butler Extreme Mug Holder.
The Butler Mug Holding System was developed in the early 90's by Glass Act, a Texas company that specializes in precision machining work. The objective was to develop a drinking fluid device for the power sports industry that actually worked. There were two design criteria. The first was functional. The device had to be nearly indestructible and not let the beverage container bounce out of the holding device when rough conditions were encountered, as so often is the case on power sports vehicles. The second criteria was ease of use. The device had to meet the first criteria of stability, but also had to allow easy use of the beverage container while the vehicle was in motion.

The result was the development of the patented Butler Compression Ring. The ring holds a tapered mug at a point near the center of gravity. When vibration occurs due to rough conditions or simply the running of a power sports vehicle, gravity pulls the mug down in the ring. As the tapered mug lowers, the ring is expanded causing a wedging effect on the mug. This simulates the user holding on to the mug, in rough conditions, to prevent its loss. But, in the Butler's case, the device does it for the user, thus allowing the user to keep both hands on the vehicle, substantially increasing the safety of the event. When the rough conditions subside, the mug is squeezed upward, back to a position of equilibrium depending on the weight of the mug and fluid at that time. This even happens with a mug that is empty.

The various types of bracketing available for the Butler exist only to provide mounting capability for the different types of vehicles that would be considered for using the device. The bracketing has to be strong enough so that the wedging effect of the ring is preserved and still allow for the easy use of the mug. Motorcycles, ATVs, RTVs, Boats, Trucks, Tractors, Trains, Planes, Road Working, and Farm vehicles have all used this system successfully.

The following breakdown outlines the bracketing types used for Butler applications:

The Standard Driver Butler for Motorcycles
Best use - Goldwings and Touring BIkes

This type of bracket has been used for many years on most all motorcycles and ATVs. These brackets are made to mount on the motorcycle or ATV handlebar at the location of the two mounting bolts used by the vehicle manufacturer to mount the clutch or brake bracket assemblies on the handlebar. These bolts are aimed in basically a horizontal direction and are positioned in a vertical pattern, one above the other. Some models of motorcycles, such as some Victorys and BMWs, due not use this typical two bolt system to mount the clutch or brake assemblies to the handlebar. As a result, these motorcycles cannot mount the Standard Driver Butler.

The Python Butler
Best use - Harleys, Polaris Motorcycles, BMWs

This type of bracket was developed to solve the two-bolt restriction for those vehicles that do not use the typical two-bolt mounting of the clutch or brake assemblies. The Python bracket has a unique design that allows it to be mounted at the typical two-bolt location or directly to the round part of the handlebar using its double-saddle capability. All Python brackets can accommodate handlebar diameters from 7/8 inch to 1-1/2 inch. The Python bracket is machined aluminum and powder coated in either Bengal Silver or Gloss Black making it not only a good looking bracket, but also a very strong bracket. Although the Python is recommended for all motorcycles, it is a very nice application to Harleys, BMWs, and Victorys where style and strength are blended into a very complimentary addition to these types of motorcycles. Motorcycles that have a plastic cowling completely surrounding the round part of the handlebar and do not use the typical two-bolt clutch or brake pattern cannot mount the Python Butler.

The Standard Passenger Butler
Best use - Goldwings and other Touring bikes with accessory armrests

This type of bracket was developed for use on the aftermarket, accessory, passenger armrest. These armrests are mostly found on the Goldwing. Other types of touring motorcycles have recently begun using accessory armrests. The bracket incorporates an "L" shaped piece that mounts below the armrest pad assembly which the remaining parts of the bracket attach to. Some armrest pads are configured such that drilling mounting holes for the "L" shaped piece may be necessary.

The NAR Passenger Butler
Best use - Goldwings

This type of bracket was developed for the 1800 and 1500 Goldwing motorcycles that do not have aftermarket, accessory, passenger armrests. It consists of a powder coated (Bengal Silver) aluminum piece that mounts under the antenna mount on the side of the touring trunk. The rest of the bracket mounts to this aluminum piece.

The Spyder Butler
Best use - Can Am Spyder RT, ST and RS

This is a very unique bracket system that is designed only for use on the Can Am Spyder motorcycles.

The BMW K1200 LT Butler
Best use - BMW K1200 LT

This bracket was designed exclusively for the BMW K1200 LT motorcycle.

The Universal Butler
Best use - Any strong, flat surface that can accommodate the Butler device on a power sports or utility vehicle.

This bracket was designed to mount to a flat surface that is reasonably vertical. Some angularity can be tolerated. This makes the Universal Butler applicable to most any vehicle where the addition of a drinking system would be helpful. It is mounted by drilling two holes in the vertical surface and using through bolts and nuts or wood or metal screws to mount the bracket. Although there are Universal Butlers used in automobiles, this is not the suggested market. The Butler is an industrial grade type of device. It was developed for use in rough conditions to provide a necessary safety function. Due to this, the Universal Butler is a must on Boats, Trucks and other non- handlebar types of vehicles.