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Motorcycle Life Hacks
« on: March 18, 2019, 11:00:54 AM »
I’m a big fan of riding great big distances and have a few tricks up my sleeve that will work in a pinch for ya.

- Gas Station Gloves

Many gas stations have throwaway plastic gloves that folks use to protect their hands while filling up. These work as very handy, thin glove liners that I’ve found to be useful in two ways: 1. In a pinch they will make an plain pair of gloves into a waterproof pair. 2. Secondly, the gloves help add a modicum of warmth, since they don’t allow air in. I’ve had times when I’ve been out and the temperature has dropped a little more than I’d anticipated. The wind protection offered by the gas station freebies has been just enough to allow me to carry on with a little more comfort.

- Plastic Shopping Bags

Same as above, they'll waterproof your boots and add a little warmth on a cold day. Also if you put one on your waterproof boot before putting on your moto trousers your boot will slide right through the pants lag with ease.

- Zip Ties

You can pick up zip/cable ties at all kinds of places—gas stations, grocery stores, hardware stores, electronics stores but it’s often the case that if you need zip ties to hold your bike/luggage together you need them so urgently that you won’t really be able to ride around looking for some to buy. If you have an off or your bike tips over plastic panels, windshield or sometimes hard luggage will snap so i carry Swiss Army knife or a Leatherman with an awl. Drill holes in the plastic and zip tie it back togther. Finish off with a piece of duct take and it usually will get you home.

- Adhesive Putty

Black tack (UK brand) is the best of adhesives. Uhu Patafix works well too. Used by photographers to stick equipment in awkward places, it's like Blu-Tack on steroids. If you're lost and you need to stick your smartphone to your dash to see Google Maps, this will do it. If you need to attach a sat nav with no mount, this will do it. GoPro mount broke, this will do. The bond gets stronger after a few minutes of contact, so it's stickier than it at first seems. It comes in a rolls or strips for about $5 and it's reusable. Just restore it in aluminum foil and use over and over again.

- Newspaper in your leathers

I know this sounds crazy but if the temps drop unexpectedly and your dog's dangles shrink up like retracts on an airplane and you're an hour from home, stop at a quick mart and buy a newspaper. Layer it across your chest as thick as you can and still zip up your jacket. If you can slide some layers inside your cuffs and/or arms bonus points.

- Baby Wipes

Don't use the towels and washcloths at the hotel to clean you gear or bike. Most hotels will back charge you a service fee for extreme dirt on their linens. Get a travel size pack of baby wipes and they'll keep your leathers, helmet, gear and also work wonders on wiping down the bike and windshield. I swear, they work like a champ! Have too many burritos on the road, they work well on your backside too.

- Face-shield Fogging

Fogging on the inside of your face-shield is a serious problem in the winter months. Plain old dish washing soap like Dawn. Wipe on a healthy layer on the inside of you visor and let it dry for like 20 to 30 minutes. Buff with a micro fiber towel till it's crystal clear. I guarantee your visor won't fog for the day. Rinse, replete as needed.

PS: Do not use the windshield washer fluids you see at gas stations with the squeegee! I have used it to clean bugs off my face-shield and it promptly took the protective coating off my $60 visor... grrr

- Traffic Light Hack

Ever sit at a traffic light for many cycles wondering if you should just run the darn thing? You can purchase earth magnets on fleabay and either hot glue them to the inside of your fairing (if you have one) or hot glue them to the underside of your bike. They really to help triggering the traffic light sensors that you are waiting patently on to turn. They come in mant shapes and sizes for your application but I find the quarter size work the best.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xearth+magnets.TRS0&_nkw=earth+magnets&_sacat=0










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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2019, 12:46:18 PM »
Candle wax also works inside the shield for fogging.
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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2019, 01:07:32 PM »
newspaper-that brings back memories of me as an impoverished biker in the 70s and 80s trying to stay warm...
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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2019, 10:12:17 AM »
newspaper-that brings back memories of me as an impoverished biker in the 70s and 80s trying to stay warm...

Right there with you. LOL

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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2019, 10:19:08 AM »
newspaper-that brings back memories of me as an impoverished biker in the 70s and 80s trying to stay warm...

ah yes, 1990 when we decided to ride form SD to Daytona for bike week. never been so cold in my life.
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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2019, 11:12:59 AM »
Pro tip
Instead of buying a newspaper, many grocery and drug stores have free, magazine size, local ad papers
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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 11:27:19 AM »


- Traffic Light Hack

Ever sit at a traffic light for many cycles wondering if you should just run the darn thing? You can purchase earth magnets on fleabay and either hot glue them to the inside of your fairing (if you have one) or hot glue them to the underside of your bike. They really to help triggering the traffic light sensors that you are waiting patently on to turn. They come in mant shapes and sizes for your application but I find the quarter size work the best.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xearth+magnets.TRS0&_nkw=earth+magnets&_sacat=0

 Traffic signal loops are inductive not magnetic. Any metal placed close enough to the loop will disturb the field, and trigger the light. I used to use my toe guards, but the new ones are plastic. Putting the kickstand down right on the loop will do the trick. That, and after 2 cycles with no love I just blow the light. Sometimes they have just turned the sensitivity down too much, or have a defective module.

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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2019, 11:42:20 AM »
Pro tip
Instead of buying a newspaper, many grocery and drug stores have free, magazine size, local ad papers

most rest areas have (or had) those singles newspapers, they got me to Florida.
the above are merely the ramblings of a hamfisted fuckwit who has broken too many helmets.

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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2020, 02:41:37 PM »
I’m a big fan of riding great big distances and have a few tricks up my sleeve that will work in a pinch for ya.

- Gas Station Gloves

Many gas stations have throwaway plastic gloves that folks use to protect their hands while filling up. These work as very handy, thin glove liners that I’ve found to be useful in two ways: 1. In a pinch they will make an plain pair of gloves into a waterproof pair. 2. Secondly, the gloves help add a modicum of warmth, since they don’t allow air in. I’ve had times when I’ve been out and the temperature has dropped a little more than I’d anticipated. The wind protection offered by the gas station freebies has been just enough to allow me to carry on with a little more comfort.


- Adhesive Putty

Black tack (UK brand) is the best of adhesives. Uhu Patafix works well too. Used by photographers to stick equipment in awkward places, it's like Blu-Tack on steroids. If you're lost and you need to stick your smartphone to your dash to see Google Maps, this will do it. If you need to attach a sat nav with no mount, this will do it. GoPro mount broke, this will do. The bond gets stronger after a few minutes of contact, so it's stickier than it at first seems. It comes in a rolls or strips for about $5 and it's reusable. Just restore it in aluminum foil and use over and over again.
 

These are a good ideas. Do you wear the gloves inside or outside of your riding gloves?

I will have to look for the putty at wallyworld.

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Re: Motorcycle Life Hacks
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2020, 04:54:56 PM »
I’m a big fan of riding great big distances and have a few tricks up my sleeve that will work in a pinch for ya.

- Gas Station Gloves

Many gas stations have throwaway plastic gloves that folks use to protect their hands while filling up. These work as very handy, thin glove liners that I’ve found to be useful in two ways: 1. In a pinch they will make an plain pair of gloves into a waterproof pair. 2. Secondly, the gloves help add a modicum of warmth, since they don’t allow air in. I’ve had times when I’ve been out and the temperature has dropped a little more than I’d anticipated. The wind protection offered by the gas station freebies has been just enough to allow me to carry on with a little more comfort.


- Adhesive Putty

Black tack (UK brand) is the best of adhesives. Uhu Patafix works well too. Used by photographers to stick equipment in awkward places, it's like Blu-Tack on steroids. If you're lost and you need to stick your smartphone to your dash to see Google Maps, this will do it. If you need to attach a sat nav with no mount, this will do it. GoPro mount broke, this will do. The bond gets stronger after a few minutes of contact, so it's stickier than it at first seems. It comes in a rolls or strips for about $5 and it's reusable. Just restore it in aluminum foil and use over and over again.
 

These are a good ideas. Do you wear the gloves inside or outside of your riding gloves?

I will have to look for the putty at wallyworld.

Both,

If I didn't bring rain gloves, I put them on the outside for water protection. If it's cold, I put them on the inside to act as a wind blocker and helps to retain warmth on your hands.
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