Some guy on a forum I belong to asked the question, “What’s the most useful motorcycle gadget you have (or would like)?” I thought you might be interested in some of the replies.
Doug: TOP BOX I can’t figure out why all bikers don’t have them. OK I am talking about North Americans I learner how great they are in Europe.
Jim: Luggage net, or two. Despite the undeniable utility of a top box, I would never fit one to my bike simply because I think they look horrible. Sad but but true for me. I also appreciate that’s maybe rich coming from a Beemer R series (roadster) owner ;-) But beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
Dane: I carry around two jumper leads, (1 long and 1 short) with alligator clips on them. Roll of electrical tape, two spark plugs and a leather man. I can fix most anything on the side of the road.
Campeau: skullyhelmets.com/heads-up-display-helmet. I saw this on you tube, has GPS and rear view display built into the helmet.
Dejvis: Steering damper.
Philip: I would have liked to have seen a motorcycle aftermarket products company produce an all-in-one handlebar mounted “info-tainment” system that included GPS, Satellite Radio capability, AM-FM Weather Band, music file storage, and cell phone using inside the helmet headphones that could be directly connected or via Bluetooth. This idea, however, is now being replaced by iPhones and similar all-in-one cell phones.
Christiaan: The best thing I ever got was a heated vest.
Ian: I like the odometer. It tells you when you need fuel and it gives you something to do as you tour down the highway.
Carl: Sometimes simple is spectacular. I have this hand crank / wind-up flashlight included in my tool pouch that has relentlessly brought light into very dark situations . . . no batteries needed . . .
AMC: Have to admit after 43 years of riding, the most important item after a long day on the road is a good backseater to massage the kinks outs.
Randall: Contigo coffee cup full of hot, black java in the holder on the handlebars. Keeps coffee hot for an hour or more in cool weather. Wife purchased for me at Costco. Smiling and riding.
Charlie: Sena intercom system. Being able to talk to my passenger makes the ride so much more enjoyable.
Gary: I haven’t tried it….but I understand that those leather fringe tassel doo-dads flapping off the clutch & brake levers are very useful.
Patricia: Without a doubt my trans pass, now I can fly through the tolls, :)
Maja: ROTOBOX carbon fiber wheels for sure!! ;)
Preston: Heated grips!! Especially this season.
Mark: Magnetic tank bag, handy thing to have.
So there’s what a few people like. It wasn’t my plan but as I was putting this together it occurred to me that this could help with your Christmas list, or whatever other gift-giving you do. Or you could point someone looking for a gift for you to this post.
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