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5. Magnetic Directions Holder

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If you’re still using tried-and-true method of taping directions to your tank, you’ll be familiar with the frustration of getting directions when you’re away from home and don’t have any tape. Or worse, you put a small roll under your seat and the heat from the sun turned it into a gooey mess. Well, here’s a trick for those with a metal tank: Take some of those flat magnets you get in junk mail and put them in a ziplock bag and store them on your bike for future use. The next time you need to attach some directions to your tank, the magnets will be waiting.

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  • Old MOron

    Good stuff, Evans.

  • http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/ Chris Cope

    An addendum to the latex gloves: If you don’t have any on hand, the plastic gloves they have for free at gas stations will do in a pinch.

  • http://trantanphat.com/ Anna Nguyen

    Re. using garbage bags as wind block, a tip from hobos: newspaper! Besides being easy to find in a garbage can, newspaper has the added advantage over garbage bags of having more “body”, so it’ll stay in place on your arms, legs etc as you pull on your riding gear.

  • Terry Smith

    The tape strip on the visor is an absolute must for low sun conditions. I added this to my helmet in May and can’t see myself ever taking it off. It feels a bit weird at first (like there’s something hanging over your head!), but after a few seconds you don’t notice. Makes no difference to my vision at all, but if I used a racing crouch it might.

  • Gixxerfan

    For cruise control I just used a 4 inch rubber ‘O’ ring washer that i loop over my mirror and handle bar and when I want to use it I can just slide it down between the grip and the kill switch housing. And viola! Much easier than twisting up a piece of wire and much less obtrusive.

  • Steve VandeKieft

    Good stuff here. I think a couple of these will come in handy when need arises.