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Your favorite riding gadget?
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:59:17 AM »
What riding gadget, gear, item has become your favorite riding gadget?

For me:  Sena SMH-10

Connected to my IPhone the Sena SMH-10 has become one of my most valued tools for riding.  I love being able to tell my wife my eta home...or if I'm lost and the GPS has crapped out I can call a buddy and get talked in.  I also rather enjoy chatting on a ride with a few of my friends. 

Of course there's a time and a place to use it...and not to use it.  But it has become an indespensible piece of riding kit for me.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 10:00:25 AM »
Agreed.  The Sena is hand down one of the best add-on's to date.

GPS is up there as well.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 10:08:02 AM »
This time of year my favorite riding gadget is heated gear.  I remember riding in the cold before heated gear and feeling like a popsicle, needing a hot shower immediately afterward to raise my core body temperature back to normal levels. 

My bluetooth headset is used a lot as well - mostly to pipe in music - but there have been a few times where I had emergency calls that left me very thankful for that Interphone F5. 

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013, 10:11:34 AM »
The Zumo with XM and my ER6i's. I can't hardly ride without them.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 10:17:12 AM »
Ball bearings.

(Someone had to say it).


I quit riding with phone/music earbuds.  I found I wasn't as focused on my riding with them.  I would say heated gear/accessory powerports are my favorite gadget. 

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 10:28:36 AM »
GPS and Heated Gear for me . . . .the one allows me to refind those silly roads I rip over when completely lost . . . .. heated gear adds a couple of months to my riding every year.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013, 11:51:26 AM »
GPS and Heated Gear for me

Exactly what I was going to say.  :inlove:

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2013, 11:58:34 AM »
+2 for GPS and Heated gear, which would include heated grips and seat.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2013, 01:12:31 PM »
The one in the middle, in the fancy case. :lol:

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2013, 01:12:45 PM »
I quite like bolt on retro clocks....
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2013, 01:41:18 PM »
I quite like bolt on retro clocks....

And carbide headlamps
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2013, 05:25:28 PM »
My Zumo
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2013, 05:29:22 PM »
MC-Cruise electronic cruise control.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2013, 06:39:01 PM »
I have eliminated nearly all gadgets. No more Bluetooth anything. Rarely use my GPS any more. In fact I've converted the RAM mount into a coffee cup carrier. The only thing that I still use is the iJet remote for the iPod. And the heated gear but I really don't consider that a gadget, more of a luxury.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2013, 07:30:12 PM »
The nut above the seat and behind the handlebars.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2013, 11:52:10 PM »
My favorite riding gadget has to be a motorbike. I feel lost without one.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2013, 12:23:08 AM »
my tankbag. that thing has been with me for years and has seen more miles than anything else. never used GPS on the bike and probably never will since i don't get lost.

my next fav gadget would be my homemade ID holder. mounts to the 2 bolts for the tank and holds my military ID. makes it nice n quick to go on base. I've made one for every bike except the current one since it only has 1 bolt hole for the tank, so i'm gonna have to do more thinking on that project to make it work.

i have heated gear, but only used it twice.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2013, 02:08:31 AM »
Sena is up there. The throttle locker is sure a wrist saver after a couple of hours though.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2013, 08:50:29 AM »
After thinking of all the farkles I've had I'd say the Sena too.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2013, 12:28:42 PM »
Sena.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2013, 08:14:53 AM »
I'm assuming the next sound wasn't CRASH!?  Or was it?

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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2013, 09:30:39 AM »
No, that happened last month.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2013, 07:02:48 PM »
My Chatter Box X1 SLIM.

Music, phone, FM radio, radar det., and an honest one mile range under most conditions.
The posse I ride with all run FRS & GMRS radios that have double my range, but are bulky with lots of wires.
My Chatter Box only has one wire for my push-to-talk button.

The only thing that pisses me off is Chatter Box was suppose to offer a wireless push-to-talk button in the spring of this year. NO WIRES is why I bought it in the first place, I don't like being tethered.
BUT it's still not offered! >:(

I like my heated jacket and like Blackie Cookie I feel it's more of a luxury.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2013, 11:00:46 AM »
The most gadgety item I have is a Powerlet plug but so far all I hook up to it is a Battery Tender.

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Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2013, 12:16:03 PM »
Heated vest or liner, sure.   8)  But it doesn't count as a "gadget."   More like an essential!


As far as gadgets go, my favorite is clearly the Crampbuster.  Hands-down (see what I did there?   :bigsmile:).

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2013, 12:25:24 PM »
Heated vest or liner, sure.   8)  But it doesn't count as a "gadget."   More like an essential!


As far as gadgets go, my favorite is clearly the Crampbuster.  Hands-down (see what I did there?   :bigsmile:).

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I bought one of those several years ago thinking I'd just use it for long trips. The only time it's been removed since then was when I installed new grips, then it went right back on. The bomb it is.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2013, 12:43:00 PM »
I think GPS was it for me.  I used to be a paper map guy, didn't need any GPS...then I tried one.

It is a valuable tool for making sure I'm on track and helps with timing when I'm riding.

I like the Sena too, the sound quality is much better than the GMRS radio but not the range.  It is very clear at highway speeds compared to the Chatterbox where anything over 35mph it would sound garbled and I couldn't understanding it.

The GPS I have has XM so I get music thru the GPS to the SENA. 

Yes, I know it is just supposed to be me and the bike...but I enjoy some tunes.
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2013, 03:07:17 PM »
My Chatter Box X1 SLIM.

Music, phone, FM radio, radar det., and an honest one mile range under most conditions.


Ditto. Bluetooth my playlists from my Android phone and hit the road.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2013, 06:55:17 PM »
I'm gonna have to echo 2rr2nv. Tank bag. I can pack more useless crap in that thing than imaginable. Heck, I've taken 3 day trips with just what's in the tank bag.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2013, 07:32:27 PM »
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2013, 10:24:15 PM »
Sena/iPhone combo. The GPS is great but I don't use it nearly as often as I use the Sena.

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« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2013, 12:30:11 PM »
I'd probably have to say my Sena as well.  Between listening to music, an occasional call on a long trip to ease the slabbing boredom, and routing my GPS audio, it's become indispensable. 

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« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2013, 01:53:09 PM »
I would have to say my heated vest and/or grips. makes riding in the cold much more enjoyable and extends my riding season. I notice a lot of you enjoy music/phone while riding, I'm the opposite, riding is the one time in my day that I don't listen to anything. I find it makes the ride far more enjoyable to simply be alone with your motorcycle and your thoughts (or lack there of  ;))
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« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2013, 01:59:25 PM »
I'd be on a clock tower with a rifle if I was left alone with my thoughts.

I don't listen to music though.  Just podcasts for me.  The mp3 player has ruined music for me.

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« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2013, 02:03:39 PM »
I notice a lot of you enjoy music/phone while riding, I'm the opposite, riding is the one time in my day that I don't listen to anything. I find it makes the ride far more enjoyable to simply be alone with your motorcycle and your thoughts (or lack there of  ;))
I can do a nice ride with no music, but I like to travel and there is no way I could cross the country riding a 1000 miles in a day without some tunes.

The mp3 player has ruined music for me.

Do tell?  How so?

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« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2013, 02:05:59 PM »
The shuffle algorithm sucks.  I'd have thousands of songs and keep hearing the same shit come up.  It got so bad I could tell you the next song coming up on shuffle with pretty damn good accuracy.


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« Reply #36 on: November 21, 2013, 02:09:41 PM »
The shuffle algorithm sucks.  I'd have thousands of songs and keep hearing the same shit come up.  It got so bad I could tell you the next song coming up on shuffle with pretty damn good accuracy.

That's strange.  The shuffle on my iPhone is pretty good. If I have a big enough selection of songs in the shuffle, I don't usually hear the same one twice, or in a discernible pattern.  I generally use playlists, so I only get the music I want to hear anyway.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #37 on: November 21, 2013, 02:44:01 PM »
Scala Q2 pro..

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« Reply #38 on: November 21, 2013, 06:50:09 PM »
... I notice a lot of you enjoy music/phone while riding, I'm the opposite, riding is the one time in my day that I don't listen to anything. I find it makes the ride far more enjoyable to simply be alone with your motorcycle and your thoughts (or lack there of  ;))

I'm exactly the same. :thumbsup:

I have all the Abba playlist firmly stored in my tiny brain anyway.  :o
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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #39 on: November 21, 2013, 10:07:13 PM »
The shuffle algorithm sucks.  I'd have thousands of songs and keep hearing the same shit come up.  It got so bad I could tell you the next song coming up on shuffle with pretty damn good accuracy.

Remove the first song on your playlist.  Make it go bye bye.  It changes the start of the algorithm.
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« Reply #42 on: November 22, 2013, 03:46:55 PM »
That's strange.  The shuffle on my iPhone is pretty good. If I have a big enough selection of songs in the shuffle, I don't usually hear the same one twice, or in a discernible pattern.  I generally use playlists, so I only get the music I want to hear anyway.

+1. iTunes Smart Playlists are awesome. One of my favorites pulls any song rated 3 starts or higher that hasn't been played in more than 30 days. That does a pretty good job of keeping it fresh.

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« Reply #43 on: November 22, 2013, 04:09:17 PM »
Meh...I don't really like music enough to care.

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Re: Your favorite riding gadget?
« Reply #44 on: November 25, 2013, 10:47:22 AM »
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