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Every now and then a product comes along that hones in on the needs of our target demographic so perfectly that T.R.O. authors verbally stumble in attempts to attain a “test” unit. One such example comes in the form of the Scrubba wash bag, a collapsible laundry system that not only works but takes up less space than a single pair of socks. Boasting just enough pseudo self-importance to give Kanye a run for his money, I somehow managed to convince it’s Australian inventors to send one our way.
The promise of an open, honest and scrutinizing review has it’s limits, however. Mentioning my upcoming travels seemed to really seal the deal. The only problem is, most of the scenery we enjoyed riding through either didn’t provide a water source or was so beautiful that it distracted us from said goal. I knew I’d eventually have to pay the piper and wrote them again with news of an upcoming motorcycle camping trip.
Having just returned from this four-man rally yesterday, I can tell you that the post-ride thunderstorms didn’t wash away my will to visually document this incredibly worthwhile purchase as much as the fact that some drunken jack@$$ of an “all American bro” managed to tip over my motorcycle for the entirety of one night. For me, this was just enough of a circumstantial “strike two” to secure both a compositional delay and psychological breakdown. I laugh as I type this since the damage was seemingly minor and almost inspirational for prospective upgrades, many of which my wife will almost certainly roll her eyes at.Read More ...
As I’m typing this, I’m listening to Lake County Sheriff and Quad 3 Fire station communications. A combination of curiosity and general interest in my neighborhood’s safety are the only validating excuses I have to avoid admitting that I really just enjoy eavesdropping. The blur of informational codes (think “Unit 12 stand by. Unit 318 is 10-76”) has it’s fair share of both humorous and tragic details, especially useful when visiting unfamiliar territory.
By “useful”, what I mean is that should an emergency take place near you, of course you should first call 911 (or it’s respective counterpart outside of the United States). Once that call is made, however, there’s no harm in listening to a scanner for the current status of local emergency services. Another scenario could involve bizarre weather conditions that are worthy of concern where you might be out of audible range for a tornado siren.
There are plenty of circumstances where emergency service scanners come in handy. The question I’ve asked myself in the past is wether or not I should buy a dedicated short-range unit or continue to rely on my smartphone. For Android, I’ve installed “Scanner Radio.”Read More ...
Some time ago, fellow writer Travis Burleson and I compiled basic instructions for retrofitting a 7-inch LED headlight onto motorcycles with a round bucket/housing. Said article aims to inspire but the sealed LED headlight mentioned isn’t DOT approved. Rather, it’s a rebranded Chinese module (albeit brighter and better performing than we initially expected). Our explanation for using said headlight in our demonstration bounces between price and simplicity of use. For real world applications, however something safer (and far better) is required.
If you’re wondering why DOT approval is important, let’s just say it blends two worthwhile concerns among others. One would be law enforcement. Without DOT approval, your custom motorcycle components might earn you a ticket. The other falls on the scientific method. Contested or not, many first world agencies put deep research into what bad things can happen and why before using the results to promote greater safety.
Truth be told, we don’t need to preach the above. DOT approved motorcycle headlights are obviously better when compared against the alternative and the fine people over at HeadlightRevolution.com have gone to great lengths to find the best of the best. We’re hoping to work with them directly in the future before publishing articles with direct links to the newest tech.Read More ...