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Old 01-07-2012, 08:39 AM   #16
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I had a spell a few years ago of finding tools that I needed lying on the road, not ones I did not need, but ones I was looking to buy ? very strange.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:23 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by REALGRAVEROBBER View Post
For riders:
1.) Earplugs.
2.) GPS that has self-correcting ability, easy to use (Garmin 660 is quite good).
3.) Rider-to-passenger communication system that works well (read: must have squelch mic sensitivity that is adjustable while riding).
4.) A Camelbak that works well.
5.) Thermal / Insulating underwear top and bottom.
6.) Modular helmet (reduces a bit of fatuigue at each stop (fuel, bathroom, eating, speaking to others for directions, campground attendants, etc.).
7.) Fuel gauge on my bike.
8.) Accessible camera.
9.) Boots you can walk in.
10.) LED headlamp that can be worn on your helmet (for on-the-go map reading at night, don't ask...).
11.) $2000 extra dollars above your budget...

The best tool in addition to your bike's toolkit:
Alien bicycle multi-tool LINK.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by RodT View Post
I found Bear pepper spray up at Crater lake, Oregon this summer.
Find any Bear scat with bells in it nearby?
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by DAKEZ
Anal Lube

Way to much information!! Way to much
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:29 AM   #20
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A tackle box full of lots of goodies found me in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. Haven't had to buy a spinner in years.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:50 PM   #21
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Five years ago I found a set of decent jumper cables that had been sitting a while, right off the trail when I stopped to pee. Picked a good spot I guess.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:32 PM   #22
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A leatherman knife with everything about 10 years ago. I actually used it again today.

A Norton baseball hat

A claw hammer

A crow bar

I even found a fullface motorcycle helmet once. But it looked like it bounced down the road a good way.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:33 PM   #23
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After riding 220 miles back from a 2 day bike meet it was getting dark, 40 miles to go, and I found a 5" long allen key. Unfortunately, the reason I found it is because it went through my back tyre. Mind you, it was a handy addition to my tool kit.

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Old 01-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #24
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Haven't found anything while on the bike yet, but I did find a 12 foot step ladder a few years ago. Luckily I was in the truck.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:36 PM   #25
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I found me again.....never would have found that in a cage.

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Old 01-07-2012, 07:34 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by pfloydgad View Post
In the old days, I had to make the nightly deposit from the days sales at an Electronic Store
I used to work at.
I rode my Wing daily and never had a problem making the night drop at the local banks drive through.
One night I put my key in to open the drop, but it was already un-locked. I pulled a little farther and another depoisit bag was stuck by its zipper. I had to pull it out to get mine in.
It was from a local Flower shop, and loaded with cash.
I did the right thing and droppoed it in behind mine, but I did stop by the flower shop the next day. I asked the very cute girl at the register who made the drop last night. She said she did. So I told her where I work at what had happened the night before.
She was very surprised that that happened, and said it was her first time doing the drop.
I told her to always check by opening it back-up to confirm it did drop.
When I closed my store that evening at 9pm, she was waiting in her car next to my Wing.
Her appreciation for my honesty lasted almost 6 months, I will now leave the rest to your imagination. .
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:27 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by pfloydgad View Post
Her appreciation for my honesty lasted almost 6 months, I will now leave the rest to your imagination.

I don't stop for roadside junk, but my uncle used to do long distance trucking, and he has picked up a lot of things. Boating-related items are common... People stash stuff in the boat and it blows right out.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:19 AM   #28
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I didn't find it while riding, but it's come in handy quite a few times on the bike.

A long time ago, before I even had a drivers license, I was up at our weekend cabin walking back from the lake along the gravel road. I found a sleeping bag in a stuff sack.

It's been more than 20 years and I still have it, and as it's down, it's probably the best bag I have in my camping gear. Packs up tiny and is the warmest bag I own. I'd like to replace it, but similar models today are at least ~$200. That bag has been with me all over the country on my bike.

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Old 01-08-2012, 04:26 AM   #29
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On my first moto-trip out of state I found this amongst some leaves on the curb in a parking lot.

Certain, swift, and severe.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:21 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Ride-a-lot View Post
The mag light still worked fine, so I gave it away. Since going to LED flashlights I had forgotten just how lame the mag lights are. With as much battery power as that mag light a LED light would be horrendously bright.

Yes they are, I've had two of them for work. the only issue is that they are too big to carry on my belt.

I haven't found anything on the bike, but in the cage I've found screwdrivers, pliers, a full set of metric ratchet wrenches, and an aluminum hand truck once but by the time I got turned around someone else picked it up. Oh, I also found a set of used brake pads lying by the side of the road.
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