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
The following breakdown outlines the bracketing
types used for Butler applications:
The Standard Driver Butler for Motorcycles
Best use - Goldwings and Touring
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,
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 ButlerBest use
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
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
ButlerBest 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.