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post #1 of 18 Old 11-15-2016, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid Rider Tricks

A while back I changed my picture. If you look close you will see there is a bag behind me on the seat. I had stopped for gas. I move my tank bag to fill the tank. I then got back on the bike and rode about 100 miles before getting off again and noticing the tank bag. Lucky.
Another thing. I own a Honda Superhawk. That pic was taken when we stopped for my buddy to take off his rain gear. Lying in the grass at the edge of the road was shattered body parts from a red Superhawk. Hoped it wasn't a bad omen.
We had a great, incident free, trip.

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Tether your tank bag with a string and carbine clip to the handlebar. When you fuel up just move it to one side hanging from the tether, you never forget it on the rear seat. If its a magnetic bag, the tether will prevent it from being blown off in severe cross winds (how do I know ...)
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I have the Wolfman Explorer Lite bag clip on(love it!). When I buy gas I only unclip the front 2 clips and lay it back on the seat while filling up.
It lays right where I sit, hard to drive off like that.
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A few years ago the little woman and I were on our Harley's in Idaho, I with our dog trailer in tow. After stoping for gas, we headed up the mountains another 89 miles and took the dog out to pee in the woods. I noticed my wallet was missing and figured we would need to backtrack to the station with little hope of seeing it again. Low and behold while mounting the bike it was folded over and hanging on the rear spark plug wire with nothing missing. Sometimes you just have to count your blessings.
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Tether your tank bag with a string and carbine clip to the handlebar. When you fuel up just move it to one side hanging from the tether, you never forget it on the rear seat. If its a magnetic bag, the tether will prevent it from being blown off in severe cross winds (how do I know ...)
Ha. I adopted this advice at the next gas stop. It's a Cortech magnetic bag and I have the Cortech supplied tether rigged and was using it.

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Tether your tank bag with a string and carbine clip to the handlebar. When you fuel up just move it to one side hanging from the tether, you never forget it on the rear seat. If its a magnetic bag, the tether will prevent it from being blown off in severe cross winds (how do I know ...)
My Givi Tanklock bag has a strap as well. I leave it secured around the handlebar and do as you do when filling.

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Yah, the bag strap goes to the handle bars and keeps the bugger from leaving the building like Elvis.
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While riding in Nova Scotia last summer, I stopped on the side of the road to sort out a problem with my GPS - a loose power connection.

Looking for something to shim the socket on the GPS with, I pulled out my wallet to get a piece of paper/cardboard. I either didn't put it back in my pocket, or didn't insert it in my (rear pants) pocket properly.

20-30 minutes later down the road in Digby while overlooking Digby Neck, for some reason I reached for my walltet and found it wasn't there. Took me a minute to remember pulling my wallet out at my last stop.

So I rode back there to the spot I stopped - no luck. Started riding slowly up the road, and lo and behold I found it on the shoulder, about 100 m away from where I stopped.

Interesting thing - a few assorted pieces of paper had fallen out and were scattered around. The cash that was in my wallet was no where to be found. I guess that someone saw it, picked it up, took the cash, and discarded it back on the shoulder. I was just extremely glad to find it, with driver's license and credit cards intact.

Had some similar luck a couple of weekends ago. Doing brakes on the car, had to use the special tool to remove the security lug nuts. After tightening the lug nuts, forgot to remove the tool from the nut. Found it a few hours later laying about 50 m down the street from my house - I had driven away with it on the wheel.

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I lost last week my second set of keys in 6 months. I forgot to swap gloves for the heavy winter ones and put them back into the top box but was not 100%, so I left with the keys (car, house, locks, everything except the bike key) hanging from the top box. Couldn't find them after doing the 25 km trip over again. Costed me a leg for new locks for the bike and cut new keys for the whole family...
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A buddy of mine was going to do a moto tour of Northern Thailand so I lent him my Spot device. A few days into his trip, I got a text from him asking me to send him the coordinates of the Spot as he had stashed it in his tank bag. When he stopped for fuel, he put the tank bag on the back seat and you know what happened. Anyway, I gave him the GPS coordinates and texted him a screen shot of the map with the Spot location. He went to a nearby police kiosk, showed them the picture and told them the story. They escorted him to the person's house that found the bag and he got it back intact. The Spot saved itself!

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