Whats the best piece of equipment you've ever bought?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Jeffro115, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    though I use it very little now, it would have to be my two piece Aerostitch. I sold my car and bought one in 1991 and it still works. If they'd only make one with modern materials (read cooler), I'd buy another.

    My second choice is a small pair of vice grips, 5" I think. Amazingly useful. I misplaced them for a year once and realized I had clipped them to a fuel line on an old gas tank. Never leaked a drop either.
  2. jfremder

    jfremder BeemerPhile

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    Computer to view ADVRIDER
    Tankbag
    Garmin GPS
    Alaska Leather Sheepskin
    IPOD/Etymotic/Remote/Amplirider
    Radar Detector
    Wilburs
    Heated Gear
    Hella FF50's
    HF Motorcycle Lift/Shop Manual
  3. mrmaico

    mrmaico Long timer

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    Lotsa great ideas here. Just what I need, more stuff I can't afford.:lol3

    12GS specific but especially considering the cost/benefit ratio it would have to be the 1200GS Adv winglets. So much quieter, calmer, less fatique.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=151722

    Although I only have a few rides in it, I am sure liking my BMW Savanna II coat. Kind of embarrassed to admit it but it's my first armored coat in 3 years of on road riding. I tried on a Joe Rocket jacket a couple of years ago and couldn't imagine trying to ride in something that uncomfortable. I just hope I never get the chance to try on a Rallye II.....kinda out of my price range but i bet they're even nicer. Maybe a used one someday.

    The first thing I had to get for my GS was a Kaoko throttle lock. I had become spoiled riding Airheads with the throttle tension screws. My hand goes numb without some type of throttle lock. Electronic cruise would be even nicer. Are you listening BMW?

    Barry
  4. GeoBiker

    GeoBiker Adventurer

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    Besides the WeeStrom:
    #1 - MP Designs windscreen, no contest.

    Runners up:
    - Sargent seat
    - Olympia AST Jacket
  5. briang467

    briang467 n00b

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    custom earplugs
    2-pc roadcrafter
    givi topcase

    and yet another vote for a supportive spouse
  6. Skitch

    Skitch Riding the range

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    I view the best equipment as the equipment I use all the time and if it were lost/destroyed/unserviceable, I wouldn't hesitate to rebuy:
    1. Roadgear digital tire gauge.
    2. Arai Signet helmet (mine getting a bit old and I heard they discontinued it).
    3. Wolverine safety glasses...got 'em in grey, clear and amber.
    4. Hyperlites...every bike of mine will be fitted with these.
    5. Vistacruise...ditto.
    6. Dual star heated grip elements...ditto again.
  7. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    1. Aero Darien jacket & pants -- I have a one-piece Roadcrafter too, but the Darien is my choice for LD riding.

    2. Gerbings jacket -- There are two kinds of (serious) riders. Those who own electric garments and those that will.

    3. GIVI bags -- Tough, waterproof, secure -- Turns nearly any kind of bike into a touring bike. Once you have a bike with hard luggage you'll never go back.

    4. Corbin seats -- Some folks think that Corbins are "too haaarrd"; those people need to toughen their butts up. Day 3 on a long trip is when you really appreciate a Corbin.

    5. Best bang for the buck -- Kimpex or Dual Star heated grip kits.

    6. Best bang for the buck 2 -- Cheapo driving lights. On a strange road at night, more light is better.

    7. Pro-Gel Grips -- Thin, flexible, grippy -- Riding with stock grips is like fucking with a condom made out of inner tubes. :D

    8. Best recent gear addition -- Mesh jacket. How did I ever make it through all those summers without one.
  8. bigdag

    bigdag vicarious rider, surfer..

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    Fastway footpegs. Can stand for lengthy periods.

    Earmold earplugs. 35 decibel reduction.

    Alpinestar La Stradas. (25 years old!)

    HID lights. BMW hi beam is shite.

    Bar risers.

    Gearsack rack and bag. (25 years old also)

    Dianese leather pants.

    Braces for pants! Dianese's don't need them, but BMW Rally II's do.

    Cable ties+++

    BMW System 4 helmet with peak. Can ride at highway speeds with sunnies, but bugs do hurt.

    Wiley X sunnies.

    Polarfleece neck tube in winter.

    6" shorter screen on GS Adventure 1150. Much quieter and cooler. Less buffeting in traffic. Looks sporty too.

    Thumb squeegee for rain.

    Hold all for cross brace. Made by local saddler.

    Throttle rocker+++.
  9. Geezerider

    Geezerider Just coastin'

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    +1!
  10. HighRevz

    HighRevz n00b

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    Scotts steering stabilizer

    unibiker radiator guards

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  11. motorcycle boy

    motorcycle boy ride on

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    Scotts stabilizer
    wolman enduro tank bag
  12. Swampthing

    Swampthing Explorer

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    1) Tourmaster Flex jacket...does it all...Ce approved amor, mesh for the summer, zip in solid panel and it's a full textile, then you still have a waterproof liner and a thermal liner

    2) First Gear HT Air 2.0 Overpants...the shiznit

    3) Mefo Explorer tires...me like! Alot! Especially with # 4 and #5 below

    4) 12V accessory outlet and el cheapo 12V airpump

    5) Rimlocks...air down and get a grip!
  13. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    Bottle opener
  14. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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  15. Bounce

    Bounce Long timer

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    They've all been good and it's impossible to rate the best. Remus headers and exhaust make the bike smoother with a broader powerband; Wilbers shocks make the ride handle road, wind and dirt better; Kaoko throttle lock is a great comfort on a long road trip; Fastway pegs and bar back/risers allow me a more comfortable riding position, whether seated or on the pegs; Sargent seat is a dog send over the stock and allows for painless rides; LED brake lights make me more conspicuous and safer; and my new Zumo provides both entertainment (XM) and guidance on the road. How's one to pick one over another?
  16. Dave2

    Dave2 Long timer

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    Arai Helmet
    Held Steve Gloves
    Marsee Adventure Jacket and Pants
    BMW Road Boots
    Gerbings Heated Jacket Liner

    Gotta add my Stich one piece, elkskin ropers, and combat touring boots.
  17. racket

    racket Been here awhile

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    I never leave home without the baby wipes :D the best thing I've found for cleaning off the bugs from my visor. Oh so gentle. Matter of fact I use them for cleaning my bike off too... well we have water usage restrictions here, no hosing allowed:nono
  18. SteveRed

    SteveRed Adventure Mojo

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  19. Rossco

    Rossco Cpt. Blue Coat

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    Bought a pair of Dainese dirt bike pants with in built knee shin guards for my first desert blast in 1994. They are still as good as new after years of riding:thumbup.
  20. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    Also handy when you get the "Screaming Sh*ts" :rofl :rofl :rofl

    Welsh :freaky :freaky