Whats The Last Thing You Bought?

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  1. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    #581 speedrattle, Aug 20, 2023
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    laser monkey!

    a simple device to assist in aligning a chain. works like the old (and completely satisfactory) motion pro tool. nothing wrong with the motion pro tool, and ive used one for years. except instead of lining up a rod with the chain, an item which i have bent and straightened several times, the laser monkey uses a light beam to line up the gearbox sprocket in back with the sprocket in front. this is an advantage for ham-fisted wrench-turners like me, who mess up things that arent idiot-proof.

    comes with directions, but you dont need any except to verify where they want the batteries (included)

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    the thing clamps over the rear sprocket and sends an easily seen laser beam down the chain. you line up the dot, verify the tension, and tighten it up.

    easy.

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    ill check it out tomorrow when i change the sprocket on my kids 2007 250 ninja LSR bike. we ll see whether its easier than the motion pro.

    im a sucker for useful gadgets. i test em, and if they work i keep on using em. i still have the old gunsens colour tune i bought 30 years ago, and the old uni syn. both work extremely well, and both are carefully maintained.

    other stuff has not lasted
     
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  2. Helmut Visor

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    Bought myself a Cool Cover for my Multistrada. Went over to their HQ as they are only in Ledbury and they took the time to ensure the right one was fitted and that all aspects were good before I left. The return trip had a distinctly cool breeze around the nether regions :joy:, seems comfy so far :cool:
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  3. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    sandi, what is the maximum pressure available on this?
     
  4. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Hi, @speedrattle. Here are two pages from the Fanttik users guide that should answer most all your questions related to pressures including the max.

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  5. speedrattle

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    well shoot, i run 35psi in most everything now that ire technology has progressed beyond the druids.. if it will go up to 43 thats more than i ever need except at the race track.

    i have been out in the middle of nowhere twice with a flat tire and patch kit, but nothing with which to pump up the tire once i patched the tube. since most all my stuff still uses tubes, this would be a useful addition to the tank bag.
     
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  6. Sandi T

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    Yep, my car and motorcycle tires all run between 32psi at the lowest (my Mustang) and 42 at the top end (my Fat Boy's rear tire) so the rest of the available pressure range is pretty much moot for me. However, I may start using the Fanttik gauge/inflator on my bicycle tires, too, when I dust off my bicycle and get back in that particular saddle.

    I won't ever travel again without bringing this handy and convenient device. Also, I find that I'm using it at home, too, because it's easier than using a separate pressure gauge, firing up the air compressor, using the hose extender on some wheels, and going back and forth measuring the pressure. Oh yeah, and then draining and putting the air compressor away. Wish I'd know about this device a long time ago! Well, maybe they didn't even make them a long time ago. :joy:
     
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  7. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    One of these. Luckily picked it up at the end of the summer sale so didn’t have to pay full price (just as well!).

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  8. Sandi T

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    That's a beautiful helmet, @learningtofly! I've seen some Hedon helmets "in person" before but also saw the price tags. :eek: Glad you got yours on sale. But after all you've been through as of late, you deserve a nice treat like this.:kissing_heart:
     
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  9. learningtofly

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    #589 learningtofly, Aug 23, 2023
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    Thanks Sandi… they’re beautiful things for sure.

    Sadly, the helmet I was wearing when I had the accident was another Hedon, and a bit of a special one at that. I rode the 2019 DGR, and somehow managed to finish as the 10th highest fundraiser in England whilst also just scraping into the top 100 worldwide. Accordingly, I qualified as a prize winner, and thereby received a special-finish Hedon helmet (they sponsored the prizes) for my efforts. I’m actually engaging with Hedon now, in fact, to see if it would be possible to have the helmet replaced free of charge (there is no way I can afford to pay for another one). I’ll let you know how I get on!
     
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  10. Sandi T

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    Oh my gosh, Tony! That certainly added insult to injury to not only total your bike and injury your body, but also to destroy such a special helmet with such sentimental value. I do hope that the folks at Hedon will understand your circumstances and provide you with a replacement. Yes, please let us know if they agree. Do you have a photo of that helmet you could share here?

    Also, it is SOOO cool that you were the 10th highest fundraiser in England and in the Top 100 worldwide for the 2019 DGR! That is amazing and very impressive. :) I did the DGR in 2018 and 2019 in Tucson and was Tucson's top fundraiser in 2018. Not even a drop in the compared to your major fundraising efforts! :joy::joy: But I loved the whole event and it's such a great cause. The older of my two younger brothers had prostate cancer so it's a cause near and dear to my heart. He had surgery and is doing well now, thank God. :heart:
     
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  11. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    #591 learningtofly, Aug 23, 2023
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    Wow Sandi, you did really well to be Tuscon's top fundraiser in 2018. I'm sorry to hear about your brother, and I can see how that would spur you on (I also have some intensely personal reasons for supporting the DGR). Glad to hear that he's doing well, and long may that continue.

    This is the the only shot I have of the helmet, although it does say "DGR 2019" on the other side. From memory the black lining was unique to the prize helmets as well.

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  12. Samsgrandad

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    Hi Speedrattle!

    I am interested to learn how you get on with the Laser Monkey Chain aligning tool.
    I bought one last year and found it so poor I took it back and got a refund!
    I could not get the device to fix firmly on the sprocket so that the laser was stable and the batteries went flat in about 10 mins, even from new ones I purchased after the ones supplied gave up!
     
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  13. speedrattle

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    well that is terrible news. i havent used it yet but i will report back here.

    cant be worse than the motion pro. i had to grind metal off mine before it would fit the sprocket on an older bonneville
     
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  16. Sandi T

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    Beautiful helmet, Tony! I do hope that Hedon will see fit to send you a replacement under the circumstances.
     
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    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Did you report this to @Havit yet, @Baza?
     
  18. Armando Morales

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    My bike is now 2 years old ad out of warranty ... I'll service it my self as much as possible
    It is time to replace the chain and sprockets, 42,000kms and the tension is not even
    I tried finding the parts outside the dealer but the rear sprocket 50T is only available from triumph sites in the UK and shipping made it quite costly.
    The dealer had the whole kit for a reasonable price , took them a couple of weeks to get it
    The parts catalog shows the front sprocket nut as M20 ... 30mm, but it is actually 36mm, I have ordered a socket and should be here by tomorrow
    I fixed my chain breaker, the last time I used it end up a bit bent, chinese finest, it is now straight enough
    I'll try to remember to take pictures so I can create a post in the tiger section
     
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  19. speedrattle

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    well, i ve had a chance to use the laser monkey chain aligning ing tool on three machines.

    i t requires a clear access to a sprocket, which means that it doesnt work well on drum brake machines. on a 2007 kawasaki ninja 250 with a bolt on rear sprocket opposite a disc brake, it works fine. clamps securely to the flat sprocket mettal, centers itself accurately, and shines a red light right down the chain. works just like the mechanical motion pro tool with the indicating rod. no problems with the light or the battery.

    on a 1965 triumph with a 46-tooth detachanble sprocket ring bolted to the brake drum, there is barely enough room betyween the lower edge of the running chain sideplates and the brake backing plate to clamp the tool. the motion pro was the same way, until i ground off some metal to make it fit. so the laser monkey works on the 46 sprocket, and will probably also work on the 43 sprocket that is cast integrally with the brake drum.

    im at the land speed races in maine USA, and we just tried to fit it onto an early 70s triumph triple race machine fitted with the rear conical brake. that would be 71 and 72, if its stock, no way to tell. anyway, the conical brake drum has a narrow flat rim upon which to bolt the sprocket ring, so narrow that there is insufficient space between th elower running edge of the chain and the expanding conical brake drum to attatch th elaser monkey. so it clamps at an angle and cannot point directly down the chain. does not work.

    so my expeperience with this tool is that the one i got worked okay electrically, with decent batteries, but it requires an unobstructed flat portion of a sprocket perhaps an inch wide inside the chain as it runs on the sprocket teeth. if your machine has a clear flat section of sprocket about an inch wide below the chain, i think it will work. if your machine is running a rear drum brake, then maybe it will and maybe it wont.
     
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  20. learningtofly

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    #600 learningtofly, Aug 31, 2023
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    Well, the Legend Gear side bag that bore some of the brunt of my accident has now pretty much fallen apart. I'd originally opted for the smaller size, but instead of going for a single straight replacement I actually bought a couple of the larger 13.5l bags instead.

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    My thoughts are I can then use the remaining smaller bag as a tail bag, which would give me 37 ltrs of storage in total.
     
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