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No traveler wants to bring more gear along for his/her journey than is absolutely necessary. Imagine trying to mule-pack all of the metal you see above onto your smallest displacement ride. Sure, you can never be too prepared but stealthy, multifunctional tools and adapters are definitely preferable to the latter.
Before I continue, I should state for the record that all of my motorcycles are metric. If the bike you happen to be riding isn’t, substitute whatever information you must. If you’d like for me to compile and ship a custom roadside tool kit that’s tailored specifically to your motorcycle, please click here.
This page describes and explains the items I pack before every ride. Note the “every” part (I didn’t say “short”, “medium” or “long”). There’s a huge $h!t happens factor that every rider must reckon with and these are a minimal few keys to ordeal survival.Read More ...
Consult your schedule to ensure you have ample time to complete the process (between one and three hours, depending). The information below provides a fast track summary of what’s to be done. Check back often for a soon to be published, in-depth explanation of each individual step.
Our order of operation aims to create a workflow that’s as efficient as possible. In the event that you’re unable to complete the effort in one session, try and coordinate your stopping points logically and with safety in mind. It’s better to finish step seven, for example, once it’s started. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself reinstalling the spark plugs so that dust and debris don’t enter the engine. That means restarting step seven at the next opportunity.
Once finished, avoid running the engine for the duration of the storage period. Doing so attracts condensation courtesy of combustion byproducts in the oil. Ready to begin? Great! Let’s start by checking to be sure you’ve got these products or a preferred substitute on hand.Read More ...
There are all kinds of electrical luxuries out there that can bring greater comfort to long distance motorcycle touring. One of the most popular additions is that of heated grips. These power gobblers (not really) are the poster children for why I’ve created this page.
My older, lower-displacement motorbike makes use of Hot Grips. They’re pretty amazing but a little pricey. For my latest addition to the collection (an ’03 Suzuki Bandit 1200S), I’ve decided to follow a more experienced friend’s advice and order Symtec grip heaters. Their user reviews suggest they’re of equal+ caliber.
That’s not the point, though. In doing a bit of installation research, I’m reminded of the wiring chaos that my prior setup demands. Knowing that I plan on installing other gizmos as well, this marks the perfect moment to, rather than repeatedly hack into my motorcycle’s wiring or throw fifty ring connectors onto my battery, create an AUXILIARY RELAY.Read More ...