What's the Worst peice of equipment you've ever bought?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Scrubs, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    Sent it back today and picked up one of these -

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    Apple iPod radio remote (wired)

    She will store the nano in her jacket vest pocket run the remote wire down the jacket right sleeve and clip the remote on her arm cuff. And now she has FM too.
    Looks like it may work - ride testing in the morning.
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  2. jeffs900s

    jeffs900s Prophet of Doom

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    Moto related: Shift Torrent gloves. They leak in light drizzle, nevermind a torrent. Contacted Shift, they don't give a shit. Gloves are "made by a third party vendor" (8-year old Chinese children probably) so I guess it's not their problem.

    Non moto: Nissan Frontier. The assholes that screwed that thing together wish they had half the talent of the above mentioned Chinese children. Something broke almost weekly, and it got worse gas mileage than my full-size Chevy.
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  3. 2.0 dogs

    2.0 dogs Banned

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    Windows Vista.
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  4. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    XR650L.....:fyyff
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  5. ghostdncr

    ghostdncr Burnin' daylight...

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    Happy-Trail pannier rack



    Incorrect hardware, not once, but twice. Replacement hardware (still incorrect!) came "postage due".

    Vaguely intended to fit my bike. Alignment looked like something you'd expect to see from a poorly motivated high school metal shop class. Pretty embarrassing work, really.

    Customer service? :lol3

    What a waste.

    Here's a pic of the ice-cold weld that left me scrambling to find a mig welder on a recent trip. I'm still not sure how they managed to get zero penetration. Perhaps the cheap-ass paint (I hope that's not powder-coat!) stuck it together long enough to get the racks installed:

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  6. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Total p.o.s. Was told it would eliminate the horrific wind buffeting.

    If anything, it made it even worse. :puke1
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  7. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    Loobman chain (strike that) wheel oiler. What a mess....
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  8. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    NEARLY bought a KLR,tragedy averted and I snapped right out of it and bought a regular bike designed in this decade.:lol3
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  9. 2degreesout

    2degreesout Been here awhile

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    A few clicks off center

    :lurk
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  10. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Lockhart Phillips small turnsignals for the Zephyr. Connectors are much larger than the stock ones. The one front melted a bit from the running lights. The rear ones just plain quit working in spite of good connections. Lockhart Phillips ignored my e-mail on dealing with a melted signal.

    I don't plan to buy another set of cheesy aftermarket signals, I'll find a good set like the Buells maybe. I also won't buy Lockhart Phillips again unless absolutely necessary (and that isn't likely) since they don't bother to even answer much less a turn down on backing their product. What crap.
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  11. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Don't knock the kids in high school! :evil

    The kids I had in class at Brooke High School last year would have done better than that! Especially Gary, my TIG welder, he could work magic. :D
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  12. Rottweiler

    Rottweiler I'm a Believer

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    I haven't been at this for long enough to have accumulated a long list yet, thankfully, but here's a few:

    - Joe Rocket faux leather gloves (lasted less than a year)
    - Stock V-Strom windshield (apparently a mere afterthought on an otherwise excellent bike)
    - AireTronic mesh jacket (keeps me really warm in summer)
    - That little plastic stick-on thermometer from the Aerostich catalog (I have no idea where it blew off since it didn't work well enough to ever look at it)
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  13. Chi-Ha

    Chi-Ha soft-handed crime fighter

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    Hehehe.
    I don't know why I left my on because I can't read it unless I'm stopped and put my grille up within 6inches of it. Also it always seems to be like 10 degrees higher than what my body tells me it is. good thing it was cheap:rolleyes
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  14. TonyA

    TonyA beta tester

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    2.9L V6, am I right?

    - Ford Ranger pu '88, both heads cracked
    - Extended warranty for same. Both it and the standard warranty did me no good when the clutch throwout bearing failed at 8K miles.
    - Fog City shields
    - most of those compressors you can get for <$15 (been through several)
    - Dell XPS with ultra-flexo-motherboard
    - Impact driver set, which I bought on the sworn advice of a couple of Harley riders soon after I bought my first bike (a Honda). I really feel sorry for what those guys must be facing if they think that's an essential tool for a motorcycle.
    - cheap Chinese floor jack, which couldn't even hold the lifting arm up with no load. New o-rings couldn't fix it, probably had voids in the casting or gouges.
    - Bridgestone Trail Wings. Cost me big bucks too but at least I got a good motorcycle with them.
    - Michelin tires for the SUV. Funny how they had an 80K mileage warranty when I bought them, which had morphed into a 40K warranty they wouldn't honor by the time they wore out at 30K.
    - 65 Corvair. I got pretty tired of replacing cooked pushrod tube o-rings every week. It went through the 10-30 almost as fast as it went through the 85 octane. On the positive side I never had to drain the oil. :lol3
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  15. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    BMW summer rain gloves, they're hot, uncomfortable, and not even water resistant. They'd be good for a cool dry day and looking to get a blister or two.
    The stupid finger squeegee which is good for smearing up your face shield is another remarkably useless feature.

    But by god since I shelled out $50 or so I still carry them around in my rain gear bag thinking I can get my money's worth somehow.:fishie
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  16. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    My REI spork, it was a bit to heavy and took up too much space so I gave it to the dog.
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  17. AmuleK

    AmuleK What bike wants, it gets

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    The worst item I took on my recent trip was a Throttle rocker. It is the cheap plastic lever you clip on your throttle and rest your wrist on. It saved me from a few cramps when I was cruising down the highway at speed, but it just about caused two accidents in traffic when I bumped it going for the brake. It caused my bike to accelerate and buck like a bronco.

    Better invest in a throttlemeister or Kaoko.
    #97
  18. Northwoods Yeti

    Northwoods Yeti Almost house broken

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    Throttle rocker. Big ole plastic tab hanging off the throttle. I should have known just by looking at it, that it was a worthless pain in the ass:csm .
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  19. Solo Gato

    Solo Gato oh great, what now?

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    oh god yes!!!:poser
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  20. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    There are so many I can hardly make a choice:

    Loads of cheap plastic gadgets that I bought "just in case they worked as advertised" - they rarely do. e.g. $2.99 ball compass that spun in circles for two minutes then fell off and disappeared.

    Travelpro suitcase - Outrageously expensive (paid ten times as much as for its predecessor which lasted for six years of almost constant travel) and handle fell off the FIRST time I used it (held on with teeny self-tapping screws into plastic). Much vaunted customer service is also crap.

    Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants - Zip-off mesh panel is a PITA and still doesn't provide much cooling; legs are too short (and I'm no lanky freak) coming half way up my calves with legs bent; waistband adjusters twist around and dig in; and the lower legs are made from low melting point material - duh!. Not entirely worthless in moderate weather but I could have bought a decent pair of cold-weather waterproof pants AND a pair of mesh pants for the same price.

    I'll join in nominating the Bronco II (2.8L V-6) - In 3 years of ownership, I went through the original engine and two rebuilds; the A/C NEVER worked for more than a few days at a time; power windows and locks went out multiple times; brakes, driveshaft and various interior fixtures also gave trouble if I remember correctly. Had a seriously dud Ford Escort once too - Will never own another Ford product.

    Avon Speedmaster tyres - I've never actually bought any but they were on several bikes at the time of acquisition and were all totally crap.

    Have loved every motorcycle I ever owned although I'll agree that my 1979 XS250 US Custom was quite awful in a number of ways.