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post #1 of 64 Old Mar 1st, 2007, 8:26 am Thread Starter
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Worst gear or farkle that you bought

I saw this topic on another forum. Everyone always talks about how great their latest piece of gear or farkle is but no one really talks about something that they bought that really wasn't worth the money or didn't perform as advertised. So I'll start - The worst gear that I ever bought was a pair of Treds Motorcycle Rain overboots. I only wore them twice. They were very slippery on wet streets.


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Worst gear or farkle that you bought

The worst gear I have bought:

1. Fog City - I used to do a lot of night riding and this thing double refracts multiple times like mad, 1 set of lights turns into 10 or 12!

2. Anything made by Frank Thomas - gloves fall apart and "waterproof" gear is as effective as a screen door on a submarine.

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J-Pegs. For me, it was like throwing $400 down the drain. Cheers
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Camera mount - only used it twice - dangerously distracting taking pics while riding.
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GL1800.

Or does a whole bike count?

If you look at the map and don't care where you are, you're not lost.

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A “Chill Vest”. It was a wet sticky piece of junk.

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Fieldsheer overpants. $50 got me a pair of pants that I wear every time I ride because I can't decide on anything else. They're worth about $50, and that ain't much. They are windproof. I thought they were waterproof but they aren't. I'm reminded of that every time it rains.

Left side zipper blew out after a few uses. I use the velcro at the ankle to close the gusset on the lower leg and end up looking like I'm wearing half a pair of pirate's pants -- left side is bloused out, right side is snugged up as it should be. Arrrggghh! (pun intended)

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I got one of those strips that you can put on the back of the helmet (or bike) that is supposed to light up with the brakes (comes with an LED brake bulb to transmit the signal). It was worthless. You could not see it during the day at all.
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Or does a whole bike count?
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The Cupholder....$118 conversation piece....about all it's good for.

...I didnt know that coffee stains come back like the haunting in a bad movie, maybe I'll have to totally submerge the bike in acid to finally be done with them.

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For me it is the KonTour seat. Holds water like a sponge, doesn't significantly increase riding comfort, company is difficult at best. Compared to my Airhawk and seat beads, it's about equal in riding comfort. All of the above for an outrageous price in my opinion.

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What a piece of garbage, didn't last 30 miles
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Bohn Cool Max shirts, the ones with the absorbent ribs of material sewn into them to hold water and provide "evaporative cooling" for miles and miles or riding. Absolute mess to soak and maintain wetness, hard to put on when wet, gets everything else within 3 feet of you wet, and lasts about 20 minutes on the road if temps are above 95 degrees. And it's embarrassing as hell to walk around in one. You look a reject from a bad "Village People meets the Bondage Clan" type of thing.

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Throttle rocker at least the ones with the velcro strap, totally worthless
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one for two wheels, one for four...

"Memorex" brand FM modulator for my Ipod---only has four pre-set frequencies and ALL four are already in use in the Dallas Metroplex, making it nearly useless, and the pre-supplied Memorex battery corroded into a slurry of acid in two weeks.

for the car, one of those solar-powered cooling fans for your window allegedly designed to lower the temp of your vehicle. When installed properly, and with the solar panel getting a full blast of sunlight, the blades of the fan rotate at about three rpm. No, not 3,000 rpm, THREE rpm. The only way one of those things could result in cooling is if you super-glued razor blades onto the fan blades and stuck your face into it, then hung your head out of a MOVING automobile like a golden retriever and the blood evaporated to cool you off

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And it's embarrassing as hell to walk around in one. You look a reject from a bad "Village People meets the Bondage Clan" type of thing.



My favorite one thus far.....

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". The only way one of those things could result in cooling is if you super-glued razor blades onto the fan blades and stuck your face into it, then hung your head out of a MOVING automobile like a golden retriever and the blood evaporated to cool you off
Welcome back Pete sounds like they gave ya some pretty good meds


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Toss up between foot peg lowering hardware and passenger armrests.

The foot pegs are more trouble than they're worth, and I just couldn't bring myself to mount the armrests...
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I but no one really talks about something that they bought that really wasn't worth the money or didn't perform as advertised.

Our Autocoms are the worse money we have spent

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Sun Visor for Nolan Helmet

Duh, when you raise the face shield, you lose the sun visor. Sometimes we just miss the obvious flaws in product design. Similar to handguns, there should be a thirty day waiting period before buying a farkle.

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Auto-switch

I wired my MotoLights (great product) to an Autoswitch which uses the turn signal cancel button as the on-off switch. It defaults to off every time the bike is turned off and then I have to turn the Motolights on again with each startup. I should have done without the Autoswitch and used a plain old on-off switch or just slaved them to the low beam. I'm going to remove the autoswitch one of these days.

OTOH, I like my Autocom, works great. And I like J-pegs although I don't use them much, only after many highway miles. I don't use the BWM cupholder much either, but I like it. It seems to be well designed and serves its purpose when I want it.
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Fieldsheer overpants. $50 got me a pair of pants that I wear every time I ride because I can't decide on anything else. They're worth about $50, and that ain't much. They are windproof. I thought they were waterproof but they aren't. I'm reminded of that every time it rains.

Left side zipper blew out after a few uses. I use the velcro at the ankle to close the gusset on the lower leg and end up looking like I'm wearing half a pair of pirate's pants -- left side is bloused out, right side is snugged up as it should be. Arrrggghh! (pun intended)
Fieldsheer mesh pants. Almost lasted one trip cross country. Ass seam busted and zipper failed. I threw them in the garbage at the hotel!

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I haven't bought too much bad stuff for the LT, but the Highway Pegs from Bob's were a waste of money because they didn't feel comfortable and then the right one fell off somewhere on the highway. My son liked them when he rode my LT so I guess it was just me.
Now, woodworking farkles that I have bought and were totally useless and a waste of time and money are legion. This isn't a woodworking forum, however.

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Great thread. Gotta few good laughs out of it. SO far, in three bikes, I haven't had any real clunker farkles. I still have the sill studded pleather tank bib that came with my 600 shadow. Thought it would butch up the LT.... LOL

I guess I've been lucky and too cheap to buy something I didn't investigate way too much. I know I've researched something long enough when the wife tells me to shut up about it and buy it.

Worst experiment so far was trying to use an O-ring for a throttle lock on the Vstrom, because folks said it worked as well as a throttle meister. Wrong- O. Second worst would be floor boards for a 600 shadow. Wore them suckers out dragging and had some issues with them stripping their mounts and spinning freely (not a good thing 100 miles from home).

I guess I did have some Joe Rocket pants that sucked. The seams came un-sewed on TWO pair in lees that a week each. I finally made them trade me to first gear pants. And I'm too fat to wear them right now. I also have a pair of Cycloak gortex pants that have split the outer layer in the crotch area. Still as water resistanat as anything. Good pants, just poor stitching or material or something. Nothing's waterproof in my experience.


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Does this mean it's finally time for another deer whistle thread

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Ok I'll bite. What did you not like about the Parabellum windshield? I have one and have no complaints about it. Of course all I can compare it to is the stock windshield
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The Frogg Togg expensive rain suit. No relector stuff, swetted like a pig, all black and seam pulled and the jewels got wet.
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Throttle rocker at least the ones with the velcro strap, totally worthless
Fully agree Hans, but I fixed mine with two cable ties...
Now it stays in place.

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Ineffective farkle

This is a built in garage door opener called BIGDO ( I think). I had it
wired into my LT and it was supposed to open my garage door when both
turn signals were pressed at the same time. During the first test nothing was happening until we realized that the neighbor's garage door was going up
and down! Eventually it worked on my door for a few times and then it stopped. I now keep the original clicker in my oddments box. It is cheaper, faster, and 100% effective. I think this is called "live and learn".
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Corbin seat. That was a few bike payments down the tube.

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Tour Master Rain Boots. Never stay up and almost caught one on my sidestand when I stopped. Almost dropped it at a stoplight.

Rather like wearing a baggie on your feet!
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Frog Toggs, those are pretty darn good suits!

As I have an 03 LT, the money that was spent on the CB (placed in the oddments box) should have been spent on the JM unit mounted to the handle bar!

Reaching in the oddments box to change channels or adjust the squelch means you have to take you eyes off of the road and one hand off the bar!

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+1 on the Nolan Sun Visor -- took mine after five minutes....
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Thanks, Hans!

two weeks and I get clearance to be back on the bike...drooling because it's been 80 friggin degrees since I got worked on!!!

tjc, still got the armrests? What kind? Send me a note and a pic

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Not expensive but they failed to work and gave me a false sense of security.

I am talking about those Pop Up Tire Air Pressure Pins (Red - Yellow - Green)

These can be dangerous as my tires were totally under inflated and these little guys were reporting everything is fine - what the &^$%#&&^$ - can you spell cupping!!

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+1 on the Nolan Sun Visor -- took mine after five minutes....
I took mine off as well!

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I took mine off as well!
I must be the odd man out cause I love my shield I don't have to wear sunglasses unless I ridin into a sunset or sunrise and then the shield is not low enough

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So far it is the Dowco bike cover that has been in the box for the past 2 1/2 years. Just had to have it and never used it; at least not yet.
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I have to agree with the guy who said the velcro adjustable cramp buster. I have one. It won't say in place. Second worst is the small round mirrors that stick on the mirrors. More of a distraction than a help. jrlakin
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Those "Under the Mirror" light mounts................
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Over $400 for IPOD 30GB Video, Baehr cable and airclick. I don't like music THAT much.
Man.....my iPod 30G with Griffin Airclick is at the absolute top of my list of BEST farkles. Love having my complete library of 2300 tunes at my fingertips.

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I have to agree with the guy who said the velcro adjustable cramp buster. I have one. It won't say in place.
I don't understand??? I have had one for 8-10k miles and it has not moved. I took it off to put on the grip puppies hand grips and put it back on and no problems.

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