most useful thing you found while riding?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by scmopar, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. scmopar

    scmopar Been here awhile

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    While out running errands today I spotted a pair of blue handled channellock pliers.The most usefull of all tools:D.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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  2. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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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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  3. Land

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    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.:lol3

    Chris
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  4. Kav

    Kav Not a Ninja

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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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  5. rivercreep

    rivercreep Banned

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    Empty roads, just for me!:D
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  6. rwf

    rwf Been here awhile

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  7. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Been here awhile

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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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  8. pfloydgad

    pfloydgad Been here awhile

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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. :evil.
    Ride safe all, and please, ATGATT.
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  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    a brand new Gerber multi-tool.
    I still carry it on my belt 10 years later. Pliers, knife, abrasive blade... it offers multiple ways to mongle fasteners.:D
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  10. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    id say the cell phone.
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  11. rob1313

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    My peace of mind. Took about 3 tanks of fuel to find it....
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  12. RodT

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    I find a few things now and again while on the motorcycle. But if you really want to find a bunch of crap ride a bicycle on bumpy curvey road. Found all these within about a month last summer. Not in the picture is a box of DeWalt drill bits. I saw the drill bit box laying off the side of the road and also saw a couple drill bits scattered around. Stopped and spent about 5 minutes searching and managed to find all but 3 of the drill bits.

    The mag light still worked fine, so I gave it away. Since going to LED flashlights I had forgotten just how lame the mag lights are. With as much battery power as that mag light a LED light would be horrendously bright.

    [​IMG]
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  14. EddMc

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  15. Jordansdad

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  16. Oilybimmer

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    I had a spell a few years ago of finding tools that I needed lying on the road, not ones I did not need, but ones I was looking to buy ? very strange.
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    I've got to get up and ride some of those Montana roads ! :lol3
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  19. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    Way to much information!! Way to much:lol3:rofl
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