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post #1 of 102 Old 10-24-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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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......

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You being comfortable in your manliness really takes the fun out of bashing...:frown:

Pretty good tips though.
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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!!!!
Once upon a time I would use a pad inside my football helmet to keep sweat out of my eyes buy that just seems... wrong.

On a similar note though, I stick with underarmour. I was skeptical initially when they were issued to me the first time 10 years ago, but it wasn't long before I was sold. They're light, pack extremely well and they are great for wicking sweat and staying dry.

As far as the pantyliners, in that kind of situation I'll stick with a quick baby wipe "bath", and a fresh dry pair of underarmor. I can always rinse out the sweaty pair somewhere and they'll dry quickly.
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All good tips, I think. I make it a little simpler for long rides, though, as I have several pairs of old bicycling shorts around. If I am going long and planning to spend all day on either motorcycle, I wear them under my regular clothes, the padded chamois crotch and no seams avoids a lot of the crotch discomfort.

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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......
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I think that you have already shared way too much!!
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Here's another

Here's another one.

Rather than dropping $100 - $200 on a thermarest pad, I use a rectangular inflatable pool float. I didn't go the cheap $5 route from the dollar store, instead I got mine from a pool supply store for $20 and it's made of much thicker suede type vinyl. And its elevated at the head so I have a built-in pillow. As an added bonus my 12V DC Slime tire pump handles inflation in about 3 minutes. But the big kicker for me is that it packs down ultra small, way smaller than any thermarest, to about the size of a tennis shoe and weighs only about 6 ounces.....

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Good thread, I'm sure people will add bits as they think of them.

Put your wallet and mobile phone in ziplock sandwich bags to keep them dry on rainy days [even if you have a "waterproof" jacket sometimes the pockets get damp/wet].

A strip of duct tape or electrical tape across the BOTTOM of your visor will act as a sun shield/peak when the visor is open on a sunny day.

Having a small pack of wet wipes under the seat or in your luggage is handy for cleaning your hands/helmet visor/backside.

A bootlace or other piece of string is handy for tying the front brake lever before you pick the bike back up off the ground stops the bike rolling if you are on a bit of a slope [don't forget to deploy the sidestand before picking it up if the bike is lying on its right hand side- saves picking it up twice ].

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Car Before winter use Silicone Spray wipe onto your rubber door gaskets , they won't freeze together.

Remove the old tire use a lube spray like wd40 to help it slip off the rim. Clean it off before new tire, but its worth it.
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