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Old 01-06-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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most useful thing you found while riding?

While out running errands today I spotted a pair of blue handled channellock pliers.The most usefull of all tools.That got me to thinking with all these" adv'riders loggin thousands of kilometers/miles a year what is the most usefull thing you have found?
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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For riders:
1.) Earplugs.
2.) GPS that has self-correcting ability, easy to use (Garmin 660 is quite good).
3.) Rider-to-passenger communication system that works well (read: must have squelch mic sensitivity that is adjustable while riding).
4.) A Camelbak that works well.
5.) Thermal / Insulating underwear top and bottom.
6.) Modular helmet (reduces a bit of fatuigue at each stop (fuel, bathroom, eating, speaking to others for directions, campground attendants, etc.).
7.) Fuel gauge on my bike.
8.) Accessible camera.
9.) Boots you can walk in.
10.) LED headlamp that can be worn on your helmet (for on-the-go map reading at night, don't ask...).
11.) $2000 extra dollars above your budget...

The best tool in addition to your bike's toolkit:
Alien bicycle multi-tool LINK.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:00 AM   #3
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While out running errands today I spotted a pair of blue handled channellock pliers.The most usefull of all tools.That got me to thinking with all these" adv'riders loggin thousands of kilometers/miles a year what is the most usefull thing you have found?
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For riders:
1.) Earplugs.
2.) GPS that has self-correcting ability, easy to use (Garmin 660 is quite good).
3.) Rider-to-passenger communication system that works well (read: must have squelch mic sensitivity that is adjustable while riding).
4.) A Camelbak that works well.
5.) Thermal / Insulating underwear top and bottom.
6.) Modular helmet (reduces a bit of fatuigue at each stop (fuel, bathroom, eating, speaking to others for directions, campground attendants, etc.).
7.) Fuel gauge on my bike.
8.) Accessible camera.
9.) Boots you can walk in.
10.) LED headlamp that can be worn on your helmet (for on-the-go map reading at night, don't ask...).
11.) $2000 extra dollars above your budget...

The best tool in addition to your bike's toolkit:
Alien bicycle multi-tool LINK.


I nominate this thread for the 2012 Quickest To Get Off Track award.

I found a pair of fishing pliers once, but they aren't very useful to me since I don't fish. I also stopped once to pick up a pocket knife, but it was in rough shape after being run-ded over a few times.

A few months ago I saw a riding buddy's wallet fall out her tail bag on an interstate entrance ramp after a fuel stop. Her cash, credit cards, ID, etc., I'm sure, proved very useful to her after we found her stuff that scattered for yards and yards and yards down the ramp.

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Old 01-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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For riders:
1.) Earplugs.
2.) GPS that has self-correcting ability, easy to use (Garmin 660 is quite good).
3.) Rider-to-passenger communication system that works well (read: must have squelch mic sensitivity that is adjustable while riding).
4.) A Camelbak that works well.
5.) Thermal / Insulating underwear top and bottom.
6.) Modular helmet (reduces a bit of fatuigue at each stop (fuel, bathroom, eating, speaking to others for directions, campground attendants, etc.).
7.) Fuel gauge on my bike.
8.) Accessible camera.
9.) Boots you can walk in.
10.) LED headlamp that can be worn on your helmet (for on-the-go map reading at night, don't ask...).
11.) $2000 extra dollars above your budget...

The best tool in addition to your bike's toolkit:
Alien bicycle multi-tool LINK.
I've got to get up and ride some of those Montana roads !
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:20 AM   #5
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The best thing I found was a thin flat piece of rubber that I used to make a gasket with. My fuel take started leaking baddly after a crash in the desert. Got me back to camp and it's still on the bike.

The next best thing as a black marker. I had snapped off my clutch lever and had just a little nub. But not enough of the lever to use it. After looking around for a while I found the marker. So pulled all of the guts out of it, mash it on the nub and tape the snot out of it. It worked well enough to get me off the trails and back into town about 60 miles away. I bought 2 levers the next day.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:45 AM   #6
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:23 AM   #7
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A 30 foot logging chain.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:04 AM   #8
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A 30 foot logging chain.
I found a choker chain once, its been very useful, but I didn't find it while riding


the most useful thing I have found while riding is a shortcut, I've actually found several, more important, I've found the long way around as well
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:54 AM   #9
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There is a 9/16 wrench and a 10" break over in beaded in the asphalt at a stop sign i have to stop at every day when i go to work. I stopped one day with a long screw driver to pry them out but couldn't.. I wonder if the snow plow got them the other day..???.. Ill have to go check later today...

We are talking about ROAD SIDE Finds arent we???
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:10 AM   #10
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In the old days, I had to make the nightly deposit from the days sales at an Electronic Store
I used to work at.
I rode my Wing daily and never had a problem making the night drop at the local banks drive through.
One night I put my key in to open the drop, but it was already un-locked. I pulled a little farther and another depoisit bag was stuck by its zipper. I had to pull it out to get mine in.
It was from a local Flower shop, and loaded with cash.
I did the right thing and droppoed it in behind mine, but I did stop by the flower shop the next day. I asked the very cute girl at the register who made the drop last night. She said she did. So I told her where I work at what had happened the night before.
She was very surprised that that happened, and said it was her first time doing the drop.
I told her to always check by opening it back-up to confirm it did drop.
When I closed my store that evening at 9pm, she was waiting in her car next to my Wing.
Her appreciation for my honesty lasted almost 6 months, I will now leave the rest to your imagination. .
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:34 PM   #11
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In the old days, I had to make the nightly deposit from the days sales at an Electronic Store
I used to work at.
I rode my Wing daily and never had a problem making the night drop at the local banks drive through.
One night I put my key in to open the drop, but it was already un-locked. I pulled a little farther and another depoisit bag was stuck by its zipper. I had to pull it out to get mine in.
It was from a local Flower shop, and loaded with cash.
I did the right thing and droppoed it in behind mine, but I did stop by the flower shop the next day. I asked the very cute girl at the register who made the drop last night. She said she did. So I told her where I work at what had happened the night before.
She was very surprised that that happened, and said it was her first time doing the drop.
I told her to always check by opening it back-up to confirm it did drop.
When I closed my store that evening at 9pm, she was waiting in her car next to my Wing.
Her appreciation for my honesty lasted almost 6 months, I will now leave the rest to your imagination. .
Ride safe all, and please, ATGATT.
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Dear Penthouse a funny thing happend while riding home tonight...............................
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:27 PM   #12
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Her appreciation for my honesty lasted almost 6 months, I will now leave the rest to your imagination.


I don't stop for roadside junk, but my uncle used to do long distance trucking, and he has picked up a lot of things. Boating-related items are common... People stash stuff in the boat and it blows right out.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:19 AM   #13
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I didn't find it while riding, but it's come in handy quite a few times on the bike.

A long time ago, before I even had a drivers license, I was up at our weekend cabin walking back from the lake along the gravel road. I found a sleeping bag in a stuff sack.

It's been more than 20 years and I still have it, and as it's down, it's probably the best bag I have in my camping gear. Packs up tiny and is the warmest bag I own. I'd like to replace it, but similar models today are at least ~$200. That bag has been with me all over the country on my bike.

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Old 01-08-2012, 05:26 AM   #14
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On my first moto-trip out of state I found this amongst some leaves on the curb in a parking lot.


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Old 01-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #15
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I don't stop for roadside junk, but my uncle used to do long distance trucking, and he has picked up a lot of things. Boating-related items are common... People stash stuff in the boat and it blows right out.

I found a whole bunch of life jackets tied together with a cam strap..........they were my life jackets, I forgot to tie them in, luckily I saw them blow out in the rear view.

I wasn't on the bike, as astute observers may have guessed.

I WAS riding on the Iowa, Nebraska border (Loas? hills near Omaha) on a gravel back road a few years back, when I spotted a BODY rolled up in a piece of carpet I did a u-turn to check it out, it was only some old clothes one shoe and some garbage rolled up and dumped I had a good laugh at my overactive imagination, then got COMPLETELY soaked on my way back to my room.
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