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post #1 of 34 Old 02-03-2019, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Looking For Suggestions On Quality Accroutement

You can read all the reviews you want, but I prefer suggestions from those I know are actual users. I am looking for advice on two pieces of gear I intend to buy soon to pack along on rides:

-Tubeless tire repair kit. Always carried an inflator in the past as I also sometimes varied tire pressures, but am thinking about just going with some CO2 cartridges. Is this a bad idea?

-Some kind of lithium/ion/whatever battery jumper pack.

Oh and for what it's worth, I'm thinking about dropping some serious coin on a high-quality helmet for the first time in my riding career, not because my noggin is worth it, but to try to further reduce noise. By any chance, has anybody ever used a Shoei Neotech2 or a Schuberth C3? Both seem to get high marks but the Schuberth is substantially less costly than the Shoei.

Any opinions/suggestions would be most welcomed.

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post #2 of 34 Old 02-03-2019, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Disregard the CO2 idea. I realize that, knowing my luck, I would somehow discharge several cylinders without the gas even getting into the tire, so I'd probably carry enough spare cylinders to equal the size of an inflator. In the past, I used a cheap Slime inflator held together with duct tape after several drops. Tom, I remembered and found your post on the Cycle Pump and I think I'll go with one of those.

Would still appreciate recommendations for a repair kit, tho.
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post #3 of 34 Old 02-03-2019, 09:54 AM
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I have the NeoTec 2, I really like it, mostly because it is one of the few helmets that seem to fit my weird shaped head :P

All day rides are no issue, modular is convenient at stops, good ventilation, visor and internal sun visor are great.

But worth the cost? i guess that is the question only you can answer.
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post #4 of 34 Old 02-03-2019, 02:44 PM
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By all means, consider a lithium/ion jumpstart battery!

My little one (from Cycle Gear) has started multiple KLR650s (including my own!), a V-6 Ford Taurus . . . has charged mobile phone and digital camera, as required.

Bigger bike? Might need a bigger jumpstart battery pack. They're available in various amp-hour and cold-cranking amps ratings, and . . . TOO MUCH jumpstart juice isn't nearly so bleak a predicament as, TOO LITTLE!
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I carry this one on the BMW. It has been used successfully a couple of times on friends' bikes. It seems to work quite well so long as the puncture is pretty much perpendicular to the tread.

The one time I had to use it on the BMW the puncture was at a very acute angle. I couldn't follow the puncture channel with the plug. I think that would have been a problem with any kit.

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/217...co-2-inflation

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Thanks for the recommendations, guys. Damocles, if I may ask, what particular battery did you choose? Thanks.
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Thanks for the recommendations, guys. Damocles, if I may ask, what particular battery did you choose? Thanks.
This one, POD X1, from Cycle Gear; now on sale for $ 69.99:

https://www.cyclegear.com/accessorie...backup-battery

If this link doesn't work, Google "Cycle Gear" and look for, "POD X1 backup battery."

Here's another link; can't get one to "stick" on the website:

https://www.cyclegear.com/search?_ut...&commit=Search

I give up! Can't post a link that leads directly to the product at issue. If you have a Cycle Gear store anywhere near you, they've probably got 'em in stock; or . . . maybe you can "SEARCH" for one on the Cycle Gear website.

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I use a slime red gummy worm kit and slime air compressor from Wal Mart that I carry on my Gold Wing. Have used it a few times with great results. A lot less cost than a fancy "motorcycle kit" and does the same thing. If you want this for a KLR, then you need a kit with tube patches, not gummy worms.

Make sure you know the shape of your head before spending big bucks on a helmet. I have a long oval and can only use Bell or Arai helmets. Shoei helmets cause pain after a short time on the front of my head.
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Thanks, Damocles. That first link worked.
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I use a slime red gummy worm kit and slime air compressor from Wal Mart that I carry on my Gold Wing. Have used it a few times with great results. A lot less cost than a fancy "motorcycle kit" and does the same thing. If you want this for a KLR, then you need a kit with tube patches, not gummy worms.

Make sure you know the shape of your head before spending big bucks on a helmet. I have a long oval and can only use Bell or Arai helmets. Shoei helmets cause pain after a short time on the front of my head.
Can't really find a definitive answer on the "gummy worms vs. plug: which is best?" question: perhaps carry both depending on the size of the hole.
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