What is the worst equipment that you've ever bought?

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

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Don't let others throw you. I have had Joe Rocket several times, and always liked it.

    It certainly isn't the BEST for crashing, but not bad for the money, especially with CE armor.

    Jim :brow

    PS I keep trying, but have yet to think of anything, except the Shad topcase I once bought, that I thought was crap.
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  2. martoonisotu

    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    I bought a mirrored shield for HJC helmet that gave me a lot of trouble. I always install a Fog City on my shields. I'm also an eyeglass wearer. Somehow, this combination created a reflection where I could see my face (and not much of the road) as I looked out of the helmet. One trip around the block was all I needed to declare it worthless. It was like riding through a hall of mirrors. I sold it to a buddy who doesn't wear glasses, and it worked fine for him. It's the only problem I've ever had with a HJC product. Go figure.
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  3. PackRat

    PackRat Huey Guns Supporter

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    Same problem - 35 mph and 35 feet apart and it was marginal at best - gave it away:cry
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  4. BUBB

    BUBB lynch not Zimmerman

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    You are being kind.

    Both original units were defective out of the box. Went on a long trip and neither of the replacement units were working by the time we got back. The manufactuer says "return to dealer."
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  5. Number 6

    Number 6 Minty-Fresh Adventurer

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    I went pretty deep with their lights and mirrors.

    They concept of the nightcutters was great, the execution was a bit off. Just vibrated too much for regular use. Kudos to their customer service; when I first ordered and couldn't decide between the fog or pencil-beams, the gal sent both so I could decide, and then ship back the others. Pretty cool. They articulate in their mount, so I use them when off-roading, and for that, they're good.

    The mirrors rock. I could see waay around my fat torso and into any blind spot. On the GS mirror, they attach easily. When I switched to K mirrors, they were too thick so I scrapped 'em.

    The biggest turd purchase was the Vanson heated vest. Thing died shortly after the warranty expired. Gerbing's worked well as the replacement for me.
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  6. banshee

    banshee hi

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    yeahbutt you're a cheap-ass VonBaden! :smooch

    Worst gear I ever purchased was a Tourmaster Cortech jacket. It was very uncomfortable and I hated it.
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  7. Kurt

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    Many years ago I bought an East German stove that operated on gasoline. The burner looked a whole lot like a carb jet and when burning the thing made an ungodly noise. Made every pot I owned black with soot. :puke1
    I am also dismayed to read about Joe Rocket products on this thread. I have a Joe Rocket textile suit and love it. The only thing I don't like is the cheesy name! :huh
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  8. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato Supporter

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    Oh come on. You're lucky it wasn't radioactive. I wouldn't trust a DDR anvil.
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  9. TonyA

    TonyA beta tester

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    Kaisan headlight flasher. Two of them in a row worked great when testing on a bike (not my BMW) with the engine off, but they both fried within 10 seconds of starting the engine.
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  10. Cornbread Red

    Cornbread Red Fart's dust

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    Acerbis folding Dual-Sport Mirrors. (Also the MSR brand) -Damn things fold over at anything over 30mph, and vibrate into uselessness at under 30.

    MSR Whisperlite Stove. Ill-designed POS. I've rebuil;t it and still a POS.

    -Great dualsport mirror; Kean Sean brand. Found 'em at Thumpertalk's store.

    Chip
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  11. ridetwistyroads

    ridetwistyroads tailwind please

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    I've had a Cortech jacket for going on three years, it's seen quite a few miles. Hard to be exact because I wear a mesh jacket when it's hot, so let's say I have about 20k miles on the Tourmaster.

    I've loved it and still do, never a leak, love the fit, and great storage. Nice and warm when I want it to be and vents well to 80 or 85 degrees.

    Not intending an arguement, but I suppose the fit of a particular jacket or any gament is pretty subjective, and I wanted to add a positive counter point.

    As far as the theme of this thread, the worst thing I spent money on was a "touring" windshield for my 01' R1100R, it sucked and buffeted like crazy. I stuck it out, eventually adding a few inches of plexi glass to the top to ease the buffeting, but I felt like I was riding in the popemobile so after a dirt road drop and a broken mount, I happily scrapped the whole thing and bought a little Givi flyscreen. Awesome.
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  12. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    two bad products stand out for me:


    Chatterbox intercom. Guaranteed to fail by design. Piss poor.


    Aerostich Kanetsu heated vest. They sent me the wrong vest, made me pay to exhange it, and the damn thing failed repeatedly over the course of 12 months. I had to contact the president of the company to get any satisfaction (they ended up refunding my money on the vest, I was out about $50 on shipping charges). The BMW vest I bought to replace it has been flawless for several years.
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  13. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    My wife and I are very happy with our various Joe Rocket gear. It's at the value end of things but quite good for the money.
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  14. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    one more bad product: my one piece Roadcrafter when it started leaking in the crotch. 800 bills for a wet crotch, breaking zipper pulls, and non-CE armor. Bah.
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  15. rider33

    rider33 Long timer

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    National windshield for the W650, one of the
    "universal mount" things (the first clue). I road with
    it exactly once before one of the bracket jobbies
    failed and it doing so caused the screen to crack. I've learned over the years that really cheep stuff is usually really cheep for a reason. The good stuff,
    while pricey at first, is usually the least expensive
    to own over time. That goes at least double if we are talking about tools by the way.....
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  16. Waco

    Waco Renegade Sickle Hound

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    I had a Roadgear digital tire pressure gauge that lasted about 4 uses.
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  17. MNwilly

    MNwilly RIP, my friend...

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    Nolan N102. The magazines love it, peolple on the internet love it. Everyone I have met in person that owns one, hates it. I hate mine too, biggest pos helmet I have ever had.
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  18. JimVonBaden

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    Hey Holly, you know the cheapest part of a BMW is the rider!:evil I'm just trying to fit in!:D

    Jim :brow
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  19. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on? Supporter

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    JR Gloves - as already mentioned, the liner is only sewn in on the gauntlet, so it came loose every time I took them off. Worse - they were supposed to be waterproof..NOT. My other JR stuff is okay

    Cover for BMW tankbag - bag is good, cover balloons up and flies off at anything over 30mph

    HT overpants - I know a lot of folks like these, thats why I bought them. They were never comfortable for me, always pulling tight at the crotch or flapping in the wind.

    First Wife - don't get me started.....

    Eric
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  20. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now Supporter

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    It would have to be the Case Harper Medium Compac tank bag. I hated that POS. Used velcro so secure expansion of the tank bag between fully expanded and completely compressed. Always worked its way loose so that the top half of the bag would flop around. then to get to the zipper to open the top half, you had to flip up this 3 inch flap (that also contained the velcro to hold it in place) and once you flipped up this flap the top would become unstable.

    Junk Junk Junk. I suffered through this thing for 4 years, and finally got a wolfman explorer tank bag, now the wolfman is everything a tank bag should be.
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