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Old 03-01-2005, 11:41 AM   #21
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Good tank bags rock. I-Pass itself should be mentioned as something that works. Nothing worse than fumbling for change at the tolls. Didn't know they doubled the tolls.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:56 AM   #22
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I own numerous crescent wrenches. Single-size wrenches sound like a good idea until you have to take apart something that has seventeen different-sized bolts.



Zippers are great when made properly from metal.



Calculators are also a very impressive tool.
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Old 03-01-2005, 12:02 PM   #23
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Windjammer Fairings. Especially with lowers. Still no better fairing available (even though they're curently mostly only available on ebay, or NOS where you can find them).



If you don't want the weight and/ or don't need the storage that a 'jammer affords (these will hold as much as two saddlebags, no joke), may I suggest the Enterprise II windshield by Slipstreamer. This is a clear (or smoke tinted) Lexan windshield that incorporates "lowers" in a one piece design. It provides nearly the same level of protection as a good frame mounted fairing, but may be easily removed in a half hour or less. But be sure to use Loctite on all threaded fasteners (ask me how I know).



Vetter Hippohands will keep your paws dry and warm, while allowing you to use light or NO gloves in temps down to 35 - 40 F. These mount to the bars and remain there. You slip your hands into them. Again, these are only available used or NOS on ebay or other sources, since they're no longer made. C'mon Craig Vetter. Stop making silly things and make the good stuff again (what was up with that dumb looking fairing that looked like a bird's or angel's wings???) Is that the best he could do after selling the rights to the Windjammer? Naked/ "standard" bikes are alive once more, and the market exists IF SOMEONE WOULD MAKE THE PRODUCTS FOR THE BIKES!



Finally, Newcastle Brown still works great. Take six or eight (after riding), and call in to work in the morning. Ohhhhh.....
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Old 03-01-2005, 12:09 PM   #24
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This topic blows. How about something interesting, like why five valves per cylinder might improve combustion compared to two or four valve designs. Or a review of suspension designs that allow for lateral flex (which is vertical flex when the bike is leaned over).



Or an analysis of why older Buells cracked their frames.



Or a review of why more cylinders almost always equals more power.



There are a billion interesting motorcycle topics out there - this isn't one of them.



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Old 03-01-2005, 12:16 PM   #25
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well, then of course, you're into a total new area: People that Work. oooooooooo...
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Old 03-01-2005, 12:17 PM   #26
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The techie route...





my iPod. All the hype aside, somehow this little box has managed to take all my musical hems and haws and woes and made them disappear. The iPod's real genius isn't in what it adds to your life, but what it takes away. All that fuss and muss about which music to bring, what to put in, where to put it all, pick and choose and mix CDs and all that...



turn it on, listen, smile. done.



and my TiVo. Seriously, I can't remember the last time something I bought not only did what it said it would do, but then surprised me with functions I didn't even know could exist! What a great machine, and it may be a niche sort of product, but...designed? This thing was conjured, it works so well.





and my allen sockets? when you ride lots of things on two wheels, engined or not, all of a sudden those ratcheting allens seem so much friendlier than any L or even T-key...





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Old 03-01-2005, 12:20 PM   #27
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instead of complaining, why don't you just start one?



put up or shut up, isn't that what they say?



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Old 03-01-2005, 12:45 PM   #28
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No, I can't say that I have... I'll take your word on it, but to think Lockhart Phillips could even screw a rear stand up is amusing.
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Old 03-01-2005, 12:53 PM   #29
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....so they helped somebody?
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:05 PM   #30
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Did someone say five valves?
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