Tips & Tricks - Pay It Forward
Don't recall seeing a thread like this, or if there has been, it's been a while. So figured I'd get things started.
With the wealth of knowledge and experience (ie, old farts like me) on this site, we've all learned handy tips and tidbits through the years that are worth passing along. Whether it be bike maintenance, gear, setup, or whatever really, lets see if we can all learn something new.
I'll get things started:
1- When it's time to wash the helmet liner, use the same hair shampoo that you use in the shower, Head & Shoulders, Pert, etc. This helps prevent head itch which can be caused by the harsh detergents in laundry soap.
2 - In the winter, spray your bare feet with aerosol anti perspirant such as Right Guard, before putting on socks. Helps keep your feet from sweating which in turn keeps them from getting cold.
3- Hair spray works great for installing new grips. Works as a lubricant during installation, and once dry, it acts as an adhesive. Through the years I've rarely ever had to use grip glue, even on dirt bikes.
4- Before mounting up new tires, put them out in the sun for a couple hours to soften the rubber. Or in the winter, bring them inside the house overnight. Makes the job much easier.
5- OK, this one requires some background info. Through the years I've gotten to be good internet friends with a certain RTW ADV rider from England whose widely known over on the ADV Rider website. So before you slam me with "WTF man" comments, just know that this bit-o-info was not my idea. It came from him. But I will admit I have used it, and it freakin works great.....
Ok, here we go. When we go on long extended trips on a motorcycle we're limited to packing only the bare minimum in regards to clothing. The gear on our bodies is most of it, along with a pair of shorts or pants for dinner and a couple extra pairs of socks and skivvies. Lots of guys like the new type of synthetic or nylon underwear as it's cool, wicks sweat, can be washed out in the sink, and will be dry come morning. However, I prefer to wear tight nylon bike shorts under my textile pants and no skivvies, so no seams to get uncomfortable. And they also wick sweat as well as provide support for Mr Happy and the Twins. However, they do not dry quick when washed so laundry is an issue, and when on the bike for multiple days, there's not room to bring along 10 pairs (not to mention expensive).
Not sure how to stay politically correct describing this, so I'll just jump right in. As was told to me, line the crotch of your bike shorts with women's thin style pads, AKA, "panty liners". They work great at keeping your bike shorts fresh and clean. And at the end of the day, replace as necessary, and you're good for another day......... I know, I know, it just don't sound right and it's damn hard to convince yourself to give it a try, but go ahead, steal some from the old lady's bathroom next time you take a multi-day trip. I do, and I've worn the same bike shorts for a week straight doing this......
I'm comfortable in my manliness, so let the bashing begin!!!!