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Old 11-01-2013, 09:22 AM   #7051
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Since, because, and while everything in today's world is USB chargeable, I finally got around to enhance my wife's Skyteam with something suitable.

And because I'm dead cheap, I went for the lowest cost I could. I got me one of these:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/T2N2-...329339749.html

And one of these:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-...880898054.html

Converter was reduced when I bought it, and it did cost me only $5.30 (incl. shipping ) Dust caps are 10pcs in the set, but my bag had 11! Yupee!!!

Anyway, I connected the converter through a fuse directly to the battery and routed the USB plugs under the handle bar (we don't want to ruin the aesthetics of my lady's bike now, do we? ):



Everything works for now. Plugs do not fall due to vibrations. Little, but useful extra
Nice. Another way to go (I haven't used this so don't take this as a recommendation):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-5V-USB...95a68e&vxp=mtr

Search on eBay for 'handlebar USB' and there are numerous variations to choose from.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #7052
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Nice. Another way to go (I haven't used this so don't take this as a recommendation):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-5V-USB...95a68e&vxp=mtr

Search on eBay for 'handlebar USB' and there are numerous variations to choose from.
I hadn't seen those before, looks pretty neat.

I've had good luck with both of these:

http://burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php (sold by an ADVer)

http://www.futurevisionhid.com/produ...er-supply.html

The second is nice because I can hook my phone and GPS up to it and it provides an amp to each. They also have a version for a few bucks more that has a handlebar mount. I had mine dash mounted, but removed my fairing, so I built a bracket to mount it in my fork pinch bolts.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:36 AM   #7053
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I hadn't seen those before, looks pretty neat.

I've had good luck with both of these:

http://burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php (sold by an ADVer)

http://www.futurevisionhid.com/produ...er-supply.html

The second is nice because I can hook my phone and GPS up to it and it provides an amp to each. They also have a version for a few bucks more that has a handlebar mount. I had mine dash mounted, but removed my fairing, so I built a bracket to mount it in my fork pinch bolts.
Ooo, lighted! That's pretty neat.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:45 AM   #7054
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Nice. Another way to go (I haven't used this so don't take this as a recommendation):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-5V-USB...95a68e&vxp=mtr

Search on eBay for 'handlebar USB' and there are numerous variations to choose from.
Yep, I know about these, but my goal was to to be as cheap and as inconspicuous (damn, what a word!) as possible
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:59 AM   #7055
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Short article in the mag that came today to subscribers about the Grom.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #7056
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Short article in the mag that came today to subscribers about the Grom.
There was one in Motorcyclist this month too. Looks like a lot of fun. Think I'll keep an eye out for a used one in the $1500-2000. Should only be a matter of time.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:58 AM   #7057
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Question Noob here... just trying my hand.

I'm new to the forum, and decided to join the conversation. I recently bought an '05 KLR250. Its the smallest bike I've owned, but because of age related issues I'm riding small and light now. But have to say, this may be one of the most fun bikes ever. Took it camping last week (it was the first ride I took on it) and was very, very impressed. A real kick in the pants! I love the "minimalist" thing anyway, and this bike just added a new dimension to the whole thing. I had no idea.

Can anyone tell me how to post a picture?
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #7058
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Geezer22,

Welcome.

Glad you've discovered the fun of smaller bikes. Sounds like you're having a great time. I still haven't camped from mine yet.

Add your location to your profile, so we can bond better. ;) You're probably neighbors with somebody around here.

Photos are a little tricky to learn the first time. You'll need a "photo hosting account" somewhere, I use Photo Bucket. Then you link it to your post here. It saves us bandwidth costs. (Some folks like to post zillions of photos & videos)

Btw, after you get too old for the small bike try an ATV. I know they're sort'a redneck, but they are a blast. I ride mine in the winter a lot when it's too cold or snowy for the bike. They're also great for hauling the chainsaw, gas, & beer for trail work. Almost anybody can ride them, so I take my non-bike riding friends out on them. My wife can even ride one!

I'm planning to ride something till I'm dead!
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:55 PM   #7059
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I have still gotten a new bike, but this 2000 mile trip was done on a Suzuki GZ250. Too many memories on that bike, you never forget your first.

Mt. Washington


Acadia National Park


Spent many nights like this


Everywhere I went, people thought I was crazy for touring a small bike. I stuck primarily to back roads, but that's where all the good views are. I had her loaded down a lot, but she never complained and still averaged 75mpg through the entire trip. It doesn't matter what you ride, only if it'll get you where you want to be.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:36 AM   #7060
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Excellent New Englander!! I wanted to go up Mt. Washington in 1993. However, it was pretty foggy up there (no views on that day) - so I was discouraged from doing it. Looks like you had a fantastic view.

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Old 11-11-2013, 08:43 AM   #7061
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I hadn't seen those before, looks pretty neat.

I've had good luck with both of these:

http://burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php (sold by an ADVer)

http://www.futurevisionhid.com/produ...er-supply.html

The second is nice because I can hook my phone and GPS up to it and it provides an amp to each. They also have a version for a few bucks more that has a handlebar mount. I had mine dash mounted, but removed my fairing, so I built a bracket to mount it in my fork pinch bolts.


It's the Bikemaster one. So far, so good, through rain and all. Cost thirty bucks. The ring around it glows blue when it's plugged in.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:13 AM   #7062
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It's the Bikemaster one. So far, so good, through rain and all. Cost thirty bucks. The ring around it glows blue when it's plugged in.
Looks good. Nice to know it's bikemaster, I had a feeling it was another companies product, and it'll be cheaper than ordering it from Canada. Thanks for the heads up, I'll be ordering one of these for my next bike also.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:20 PM   #7063
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We are slowly sorting these for some multi-day self-supported off-road rides this winter.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:05 PM   #7064
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I have still gotten a new bike, but this 2000 mile trip was done on a Suzuki GZ250. Too many memories on that bike, you never forget your first.

Mt. Washington
Glad to see another 250 making the steep climb up Mt. Washington! How did your Suzuki GZ 250 do going up the road? I had to stop one time going up to let it cool off. I did this ride in 2010 and went back up this past September with my F800GS. Both times I got lucky with blue sunny skies.



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Old 11-13-2013, 06:21 AM   #7065
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Glad to see another 250 making the steep climb up Mt. Washington!
I made it up Mt. Washington with my NX250 this summer? (Nice at bottom, NOT! So nice on way up, or at the top.)
Near top, I was using painted line on side of road to see where I was going. Almost over shot the parking lot. Would have, but the lights from a car exiting, and almost hitting, stopped me. There were several short sections of unpaved road on way up. Real fun in fog, wind, $tupid cage drivers,and light rain.
I video’d first part of ride… http://youtu.be/Xgd4QzoEOiA
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