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post #1 of 27 Old 05-09-2010, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Great Ways to Save Money On Bike Maintainance And Gear

I have picked up a number of money saving tips from this forum over the past several months such as; using Pledge instead of Plexus, using DuPont Multi Purpose Lubricant instead of Bel Ray chain lube and I used to buy expensive $80 motorcycle gloves, now I buy good quality $20 deerskin ropers.

I Thought it would be a great idea to start a new thread asking for more money saving ideas on bike gear, camping gear, bike maintenace, etc...

I know some of you more experienced riders must of picked up a bunch of tips like the Pledge one over the years.

Any suggestions??
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-09-2010, 01:55 PM
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Or you could post a link to a KLR forum. :-)
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Or you could post a link to a KLR forum. :-)
Yea, I forgot about that one - the KLR top box = Rubbermaid Action Packer box
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I'm all for a "penny tech" thread!

When I bought my bike (used) I was a little annoyed by how much the seat would move up and down at the front. Apparently a PO or two ago wanted the seat lower, so he removed the rubber bumpers from the seat pan and replaced them with thinner stick-on rubber feet - like you'd find in a hardware store as feet for a table lamp or something. Lowered the seat a bit - don't know how much.

Saw somewhere (was it VSRI?) if you stick the plastic binding from a business report on the top of your screen it will act as a vortex generator - enough to make a noticeable difference in buffeting. Haven't tried it.
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I just saw on Powerblock TV that Maalox makes great anti sieve for engine bolts. Not exactly sure if Maalox costs more or less than true anti sieze.
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Saw somewhere (was it VSRI?) if you stick the plastic binding from a business report on the top of your screen it will act as a vortex generator - enough to make a noticeable difference in buffeting. Haven't tried it.
I tried this -- end result: no difference.

It did look goofy, though, so there's that, I guess.

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Here's a classic once. Ammo cans for saddlebags. Seriously. Why would I spend a couple (read: several) hundred dollars for a pair of waterproof, extremely durable hard bags when I could spend 70 dollars and get some 35mm ammo cans, paint 'em black, and bolt 'em on? Plus, I'm not totally bummed if I drop the bike or scratch the cans. Paint over the scratch, bang out the dent, and when all else fails, fork out another 35 bucks and replace the can. Doesn't look the prettiest, but it gets the job done and gets it done well.

2009 [B]BLACK[/B] DL650 "Thunder"

OEM hand guards, Givi racks, HUGE ammo cans, Oxford Heaterz heated grips, Pat Walsh engine bars/skid pan and a meat bag on the seat.

To come: Bi-xenon projector headlight mod w/ angel eyes, LED signals/brake light.
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Here's a classic once. Ammo cans for saddlebags. Seriously. Why would I spend a couple (read: several) hundred dollars for a pair of waterproof, extremely durable hard bags when I could spend 70 dollars and get some 35mm ammo cans, paint 'em black, and bolt 'em on? Plus, I'm not totally bummed if I drop the bike or scratch the cans. Paint over the scratch, bang out the dent, and when all else fails, fork out another 35 bucks and replace the can. Doesn't look the prettiest, but it gets the job done and gets it done well.
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2009 [B]BLACK[/B] DL650 "Thunder"

OEM hand guards, Givi racks, HUGE ammo cans, Oxford Heaterz heated grips, Pat Walsh engine bars/skid pan and a meat bag on the seat.

To come: Bi-xenon projector headlight mod w/ angel eyes, LED signals/brake light.
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