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

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

  1. f.2

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    I got the roadgear<tt><tt> pos Hi-Tec Digital Tire GaugeTG100</tt></tt> and the battery was dead. Drained a bunch of psi before I figured that out. The lady on the phone said to send it back and they'll check it out. I said (among other things) why don't you just send me a replacement now and I'll return this at the same time. She agreed. When I got it I returned it for a refund and got a analog dial gauge.

  2. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Hi!

    1) A wife that likes to take motorcycle trips and just as important, don't mind me going solo if she don't want to go.

    2) A GPS! I toured over 500,000 miles before I got one and now I can't go across town without it!

    3) Gerbing heated jacket liner with varible temp controller.

    4) Heated grips on the Goldwing, have not put them on the KLR yet.

    Donnie
  3. mdaniel

    mdaniel n00b

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    rode Nebraska-to-Alaska last summer. Threw in a set of ear plugs (that right less than $1 cheapies) as an afterthought. In Alaska some places the bugs were so thick they rode the air stream up the inside of my helmet and straight to my ears. Stop FAST!! take off helmet and remove bugs. Did that twice then never went anywhere without the ear plugs in. Best pieces of equipment I took with me on the trip and cheapest.
  4. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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  5. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    A gasoline powered turtle necked sweater and my Garmin Street Pilot 2820
  6. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    Adventure Pipe from Adventure Motorcycle Equipment...beautifully made, easy install, complete instructions, good service, sounds and works great. Everything should be this good :clap
  7. crevans

    crevans Plays in Traffic

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    My Rukka Airpower II jacket. Unbelievable fit, impeccable quality, extremely comfortable over a ridiculous range of temperatures (from 20 degrees with the liner and sweater and undershirt to 115 degree desert heat with a T underneath), wonderful, full-jacket zip-in liner made of Outlast, some sort of treatment on the outer shell that prevents the sun from making the black fabric hot, and very unique armor that lets the air flow. The armor is basically an unfilled honeycomb of some rubbery unobtainium, CE approved.

    I miss that jacket sooooo much. :cry It nobly sacrificed itself in a nasty 55mph crash. I doubt I'd have walked away from that in lesser gear.

    I'd have gotten another, but they typically sell for ~$850-900, and I had managed to find the one I had on closeout for $350 since the Airpower III's were coming out and it was an unusually large size (perfect for me) and they wanted to get rid of it. I don't think I'll ever find as nice a jacket. I still use the Outlast liner for warmth and as a waterproof layer.

    An honorable mention goes to my current cool weather jacket - a Hein Gericke Tuareg. Very comfortable, decent armor, very waterproof, and the leather patches on the shoulders and elbows are reassuring compared to a fully textile jacket.
  8. CollinsB

    CollinsB Been here awhile

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    Left one out... My Harbor Freight trailer. Folds up, portable and has held up great for hundreds of miles! I've hauled the bikes, furniture and Home Depot runs...Who knew?
  9. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    Frey-Daytona Trans Open GTX Boots. They aren't cheap at $449.95, but they are the best boots I have owned for touring and dual sport riding on anything short of hard core terrain. They are incredibly comfortable, fit like gloves, very quick to get into and out of, and of course they are warm and dry. They also are surprisingly comfortable to walk around in when you get off the bike.
  10. duckbill

    duckbill Been here awhile

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    Interesting thread but am I the only one who is madly in-love with modern, sticky , tires?
    The way I wear out tires the Tire companies should send me a thank you note.
  11. Dudelookslikealady

    Dudelookslikealady Somewhere Else

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    Rallye 2 suit. 'nuff said.
  12. bomberdave

    bomberdave black cloud wandering

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    swiss army knife- small enough to have in pocket all the time. allthough no replacement for a tiny penis, ive fixed a mountain of shit quickly without dragging the real tools out. ive never understood guys who wear 1K worth of safety gear and then hang a leatherman or sheath knife on their belt. ive crashed enough that its pretty easy for me to see how that could go bad fast.

    cambridge courier bag-20 years old now. goes with me everywhere, lived out of it for months at a time. wont use hard cases again. takes 30 pounds off your bike and narrows it by 2 feet.

    magnetic tank bag- ive got a wolfman, its huge. dont even need the messenger bag if im not camping.

    cheap ass safety glasses- from welding supply store. clear and tinted- $4-9 per pair. scratch em, lose em, forget em somewhere- so what.

    smartwool socks- and hat and now sweater. expensive. essential.

    vanson enfield- 10+ years old now, been rezippered once. sleeve zipper tabs broke off a week after i bought it but its a second skin.

    roadcrafter- i generally dont wear the thing unless it gets wet or cold, so it only gets used about 3 times a week.

    sheepskin- thrown over any motorcycle seat adds big comfort. mine is gettn' so filthy its almost cool looking.
    naw, it still looks gay.
  13. Wahoo

    Wahoo Persevering

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    The best piece of equipment I ever bought was a 1961 Chev. Impala 2 door hardtop with a 348ci 350HP eng. Don't think they had one like it at Berrett/Jackson Scottsdale. Certainly wish I had it now.
  14. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    MSR X-GK Multi-fuel backpacking stove.

    If you must heat water, neigh unto boiling under the worst conditions known to man, or melt snow to drink, it's the only rational choice.
  15. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    ipod
  16. Extorris

    Extorris Been here awhile

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    The Arai Quantum helmet that saved my life in a bad wreck back in 1994. Got thrown approx. 70 feet and landed on my head. Woke up in the hospital 4 hours later with a bad headache and a little road rash but no broken bones. Glad I spent the extra $$$.:evil
  17. Norsman

    Norsman ...a GSophile

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    Arai XD helmet!

    The cycle pump!
  18. klrbaer

    klrbaer Tim

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    I was given a Garmin 60 CSX for this Christmas from my wife (she's awsome). All I have to do is figure out how to use it. I've put updated maps on it and have taken the kids Geochacing with it but I'm having trouble with the routing and tracking right now. If someone has any tips or words of wisdom they are welcome. Just PM me and I'll give you a call.
  19. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    A bamboo back scratcher. After a long day in the saddle, it's nice to be able to scratch my back. Aaaah! My litttle doggies like to have their backs scratched and so do I.

    It's light, easy to pack and was about 3 bucks at the local flea market.
  20. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Arai Helmet A++

    Sidi boots A+

    Teknic leathers (1&2 piece), Teknic gloves (Speedstar)

    Scotts Damper

    Scotts Stainless Oil Filter

    Sargent Seat A++

    BT012's, BT014's, BT020's

    Quality disposable earplugs A+++

    Cuba Libre/Mohito post ride...