Exclusive Gadgets & Accessories for Your Ride! As the International Motorcycle Show or IMS and Holiday gift giving approaches, I feel compelled to write about a few of my favorite things. My friends & I have been riding motorcycles together for many years. Whether it’s on the East or West coast, we escape from our normal routines every Spring and Fall to indulge in long motorcycle trips. Combined with our passion to ride anything on two wheels, each of us takes great pleasure in introducing the latest gadget or toy on every trip. It may be a waterproof wide angle camera, portable battery tender or 3-way wireless intercom, yet all it takes is one hindrance during the excursion to beg the same question to be asked time and time again, “Does anyone make a gadget for that?” Discovering new gadgets that are both useful and innovative is always exciting. Finding motorcycle gadgets is just icing on the cake! Take a look at some of these cool gadgets that helped us and will help you make your ride all the more sweeter.
#1. MG-Moto Hanger During a recent trip, I was forced to answer nature’s first call. Desperately running toward a porta-potty, I flung open the plastic door and stepped inside only to realize I forgot to remove my helmet. Just before passing out from the heat and nauseating smell, I pulled this handy little gadget out of my pocket, snaked it through my helmet’s O-rings, attached it to my backpack and finished my business. I also use that same trick when I’m carrying a lot of gear on a trip.
Introducing MotoGads innovative foldable Moto Hanger. It protects your helmet or tank bag from dirty floors and thieves by hanging it right next to you on the table where you eat. The hanger is pocket sized and engineered to hold up to 15lbs. Each set comes with one MG Moto Hanger, a black velvet storage pouch and a black rugged gift box.
This exclusive gadget is a must have for every riders arsenal. Use it to hang your keys, helmet, tank bag or camera. Use it in a restaurant, hotel, office, bathroom or home. Its sleek motorcycle logo shows off your sport. Check out this quick video to see the Moto Hanger in action. Video of Moto Hanger
#2. Risk Racing Mini Light Mine The Magnetic LED “Light-Mine” is a powerful spotlight that can be used almost anywhere you need light. It’s smaller than a golf ball and can be aimed in any direction with the 12 powerful magnets. Use it when working on your engine or put it in your tankbag for road side repairs. This is a low cost gadget that can be very useful. It’s great to illuminate tight spots when working on your bike, or for when traveling at night and need to read a map or road side repairs. The magnets are very powerful and can also be used to retrieve dropped nuts and bolts. Video of Light Mine in action!
#3.MG Kickstand Plate Last year, I took an advanced rider course to brush up on my riding skills. One of the instructors parked his bike in a freshly tarred part of the parking lot that was shaded by a large tree. Needless to say, the temperature rose, the shade moved to the other side and his bike fell over. You would think that I learned a lesson.
One month later I rode to the beach for the day. At noon I checked on my 600RR only to find it leaning so far over on the kickstand that the rear wheel was actually off the asphalt. Even worse, I spent 15 minutes trying to pull the buried kickstand out of the lot. Since that day, I use my kickstand plate wherever I go.
This MG Kickstand Plate will protect your motorcycle from sinking and tipping over in a parking area made of soft asphalt, gravel or sand. This custom made plate comes in black and blue and will work on all motorcycles. Each kickstand plate is made from a durable heavy duty injection plastic, with a predrilled 3/16″ small hole that you can attach to a tether, reminder string, or keychain. Video of MG Kickstand Plate
#4. The Crampbuster The Crampbuster is a “must have gadget”. I’ve had the CB-1 for many years and I never take it off. It is an amazingly simple device but provides an enormous benefit in comfort. It provides excellent control of the throttle even in quick starts and sportbike riders, don’t worry, it won’t cramp your style.
#5. GoPro HD Motorsport Hero My friends and I first started to use the GoPro camera on our Fall 2009 trip and have been in love with it ever since. It rained our whole trip and I can personally testify that it is indeed waterproof. It is easy to setup and the quality is outstanding. The photo every 2 or 5 seconds mode is an excellent feature allowing you to take pictures of your trip without ever having to stop.
#6. Adaptiv Radar Detector I have to admit that I’ve received a few speeding tickets. I guess I spend more time looking at the road then I do the speedometer. I haven’t had a ticket since I started using the Adaptiv Radar Detector. The Adaptiv Radar Detector is small, but it has large buttons for easy control with gloves on. The buttons give you the option to switch between city and highway mode. The unit also comes with the universal mount that can be mounted onto the RAM bases. It has a quick release feature, just in case you have to remove it in a hurry; if you know what I mean. The unit now comes with the TPX Visual Alert. This is a very small (size of a dime) but extremely bright LED light. I mount mine right on top the speedometer and is bright enough to catch your eye when riding.
#7. Cruz EconoKit H2 If you are like me, quality tools are a must. The EconoKit H2 will not disappoint. There is a lot that can come loose on your bike that can be both a hazard and a annoyance. Don’t rely on your OEM kit in these situations as they may not deliver.
Bargain hunters will be delighted with the H2, because considerable capability is packed into a compact package. The most common fasteners are covered with five combination wrenches, plus a stout 6-in-1 screwdriver, tire gauge, hex and Torx keys, 2-in-1 spark plug socket, and more. The rugged pouch, with self-healing zippers, won’t let you down.
#8. Chatterbox XBi2 Intercom This by far is the smallest and best communication device I’ve ever used. We ride in three’s so having the open communication between all of us has been awesome. Sound has been good with the speakers that are supplied (see Headset Accessory for using your own Ear Buds). The XBi2 syncs with my Garmin GPS, and I have navigation, music, and phone calls all transmitted wireless.
#9. Digital Mini Tire Gauge I’ve had my Digital Mini Tire Gauge for over 5 years. I’ve never had to change the battery; not because I remember to turn it off, but because it has an auto-shutoff. It’s the only tire gauge I have found that can easily get in between the wheel and the brake, take an accurate reading, and not deflate your tire in the process. I always have it in my pocket or in my tank bag. The mini tire gauge is digital and there is never any reading between the lines.
#10. Koso LED Voltage Meter A lot of electronic devices can drain your battery without you knowing. The Koso LED Voltage Meter is a good insurance policy. Don’t get stuck trying to push your 600lb bike for a jump start. The meter is universal and just requires two easy connections. No cutting or soldering is required with the Mid-Way Connect X5 connectors included. Extremely small and can be mounted anywhere.
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